Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

Book - 2008
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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
1439102252
9781439153710
Characteristics: 163 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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Rubicat
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.

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StLouisPhantom
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.

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KlügerKater
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!

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Doodle25
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.

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Bookstalker5
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.

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BernadetteGU
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.

KateHillier Feb 09, 2016

A sense of humour can go a long way and Carrie Fisher has it in spades. She opens with a death, by her own admission to get the heavy stuff out of the way quickly, and that is handled with a wonderful helping of gallows humour and dry humour both. If you find laughing at not funny things a hard thing to do you will either hate this for that or learn the skill. I have no problem with such things but even so I was still smiling and laughing out loud and burned through the book in one sitting. As much as you are laughing, and she does want you to, there is a bit of a sting there are you think about what her rehab stays, drug and alcoholism, and the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, would have felt like at the time. Also the toll that ECT has had on her memory.

JCLCristaA Dec 09, 2015

Leia is the least of her problems, and she covers them all! From Hollywood inbreeding to electroshock therapy, she has little reservation about what she covers and proves that she really does "think in her mouth". I have a new-found respect for her.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 18, 2015

Read a bit and then called it quits. I was really disappointed. Too trashy for me.

Mark_Daly Jan 07, 2015

This book originated as a one-woman show by Fisher, and it's probably more affecting as performance. Still, as written it's entertaining: gossipy, and a quick read.

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