Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

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Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In this book, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood inbreeding," come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen. The child of Hollywood royalty--Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor--married (then divorced, then dated) Paul Simon, had her likeness merchandised on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learned the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately woke up one morning and found a friend dead beside her in bed. This is Carrie Fisher at her best--revealing her worst.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2008
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439102251
Characteristics: 163 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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There are more juicy confessions and outrageously funny observations packed in these honest pages than most celebrity bios twice the length. With acerbic precision and brash humor, the famous actress writes of her struggles with addiction and mental breakdowns.

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I know that humour is subjective – and this book really tickled my funny bone. This is a short biography of Carrie Fisher, with small insights into her life. From her famous parents, dealing with the fame of her with Star Wars, her marriages, to dealing with being bipolar. I laughed at her quirky humour, as Carrie relates delightful stories about her life and its absurdities. (submitted by SC)

Sep 15, 2018

A very fast read, but more about Carry Fisher's life than bipolar. The details about what it's like to live with bipolar are absent, glossed over with the barest of mentions -- though I attribute this more to the affects of memory loss due to her ECT (liberally mentioned in the first part of the book) than because she didn't think them important. If you're a Carrie Fisher fan this will be a run read! If you're looking for an in-depth account of what it's like living with bipolar, I'd look elsewhere.

Aug 27, 2018

Well written, sad, sensationalistic. Entertaining...maybe, edifying- definitely not.
Another celebrity cashing in on her fame.

ArapahoeJillK Apr 23, 2018

Honest portrayal of Fisher's life that is both funny and sad. A quick read that is told in a sarcastic voice some would call witty.

Jul 12, 2017

I am not sure if Carrie wrote this book before she wrote & performed her stage performance, but I had seen the performance long before I read the book and they are the same. I am happy that Ms. Fisher was able to obtain a level of peace with her complex and chaotic life, I didn't find it particularly entertaining. I felt like a voyeur or someone who listened at keyholes. this had none of the wit and sparkle of her novels and I would not recommend this book to readers looking for Ms. Fisher's usual brand of comic talent.

Jul 10, 2017

Carrie is truthful and adds great humor to her live. I loved this book, and couldn't put it down. I read it in one day.

May 12, 2017

Witty, poignant, and full of humor, Carries Fisher offers an inside look at some of the more intimate stories and experiences of her life, all framed with her own kind of sense of humor. I can safely say that after reading this book, I immediately had to find her other work "The Princess Diarist" as well as her novel "Postcards from the Edge". Needless to say, I am a HUGE fan of Ms. Fisher's work, and my love and appreciation of it has grown greatly. If you are looking for a funny, yet in my opinion thought-provoking, quick read--then this is a certainly a must!

Mar 26, 2017

This book may not be for everyone; but Carrie Fisher is nothing less than her honest, raw self. Her life wasn't pretty; and she tells you about it. Her honesty about her issues, addiction, mental health and ugly aspects of her life is refreshing. Very quick read.

Mar 14, 2017

Wishful Drinking was pretty easy to read. It took me five days to read this book. Carrie Fisher will be forever known in the public eye as Princess Leia from Star Wars. But, this is a memoir and when a memoir is written, not everything that goes in their lives will be revealed. However, she provides insight on what life was like for her being the daughter of an actress and a singer and of the struggles she had to go through dealing with her illness. What surprised me the most was when she found out a facial picture of her (as Princess Leia) was placed in a magazine that describes her illness.

Mar 07, 2017

For me, Carrie Fisher has always been a huge role model in my life and reading about how she struggled with mental illness and addiction really put into perspective that she was just as much human as I am. Carrie Fisher has an amazing voice and if you haven't read a autobiography before this would be a great starting point.

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