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Wishful drinking [spoken compact disc] / Carrie Fisher.
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- Publication Information:[New York, N.Y.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2009.
- Publication Date:2009
- Physical Description:3 sound discs (ca. 3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Publication Type:Audio
- Document Type:Not applicable
- Subject Terms:Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography; Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography; Audiobooks
- Subject Terms:Fisher, Carrie
LJ Reviews 2009 June #1
In this hilarious memoir, actress/author Fisher (www.carriefisher.com) relates the stressful events of her roller-coaster life. Describing herself as a product of "Hollywood in-breeding" (her parents are actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), she goes on to discuss her childhood, her shot to stardom at 19 through her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, her rocky romantic relationships, and her struggle with drug addiction and mental illness. Fisher's conversational, laugh-out-loud delivery combined with her no-holds-barred honesty strongly recommend this title for all. [The S. & S. hc, published in December 2008, was a New York Times best seller; the S. & S. pb will go on sale in October 2009.—Ed.]—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence[Page 59]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
PW Reviews 2009 March #5
Fisher's larger-than-life personality shines through as she performs her raucous memoir with all the panache of the standup routine that inspired the book. Her comedic talents are on full display—particularly in her diagram of Hollywood inbreeding that ends with the ironic punch line that Fisher's teenage daughter is now flirting with the grandson of Elizabeth Taylor, who broke up Fisher's parents' marriage in the 1950s. As Fisher romps through her own affairs and marriages, and her bouts with alcoholism and drug abuse, she manages to see the funny side in all of it, even bipolar disorder (she calls her manic side Roy and her depressed alter ego Pam, after "piss and moan"). She does a fantastic impersonation of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and an uproarious sendup of George Lucas, who wouldn't let her wear a bra in Star Wars because he was adamant that there was no underwear in space. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 3). (Feb.)[Page 48]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Carrie Fisher had an extraordinary life growing up in Hollywood as a daughter of popular film star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher. Later she became a star herself playing princess Leya in Star Wars films, and suffered from various addictions to drugs and alcohol. This short and humorous autobiography is very entertaining to read, but Fisher’s writing style is getting tiresome. It is like talking with someone who obsessively wants to be funny. She just avoids being serious about the painful stuff in her life, and it makes the book seem trivial in the end. Which is a shame, because her life could make a really interesting book.
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.
Raw and hysterical
I read this on a transatlantic flight and it is laugh-of-loud funny. She's so vulnerable, real and outright hysterical. High recommended.
A comical look at Hollywood and what Carrie Fisher and her Debbie Reynolds endured.
This is a provocative, uproarious memoir based on her one-woman show describing a childhood with famous parents, and success at an early age playing Princess Leia in "Star Wars". She is candid and funny relating stories of her battle with addiction and mental illness, her turbulent romances, role as a single mother, and struggle for recovery and healing. There are juicy confessions and hilarious anecdotes in this heartfelt memoir. With acerbic precision and brash humor, she writes of struggling with and enjoying aspects of her alcoholism, drug addiction and mental breakdowns. Her razor-sharp observations about celebrity, addiction and sexuality demand to be read aloud to friends. This is a great book to try for readers who are also fans of Chelsea Handler.
Fisher has found ways to laugh at painful situcations and to look at her unique live with an eye to the absurd. Sometimes the writing seemed choppy, but still a good read.
Spaceship finally lands
Carrie Fisher narrates this brief book, and it's a good thing because no one else could have given it flavor the way she does. It's about her life after all, at least what she remembers of it after electoshock therapy erased parts of her memory. But boy, it didn't erase the powerful life force that keeps her alive and striving despite what she's been through. Her voice, with inflections and pauses in all the right places, makes you feel like she's talking to you alone. Her stories about Hollywood sure do dull its shine. I gasped and laughed out loud, sometimes in the same breath. I only wish the book was longer, maybe with a tiny bit more technical info, because I know people who've had electroshock therapy, and I'm still trying to figure them out. Beware some coarse language if children are listening.
A Bit More...and Less...Than Princess Leia
Like many men my age, Princess Leia was one of my first crushes. Long before she ever sported Jabba's brass bikini, she was the chaste love interest of both Luke Skywalker (brotherly love only goes so far) and Han Solo, and I had a little thing for her myself. As time went on, I learned that Carrie Fisher is not Princess Leia, and watched with interest and concern as her writing and acting careers ebbed and flowed alongside her various substance abuse and personal problems. I always wanted her to have a career as rich as Harrison Ford's, or a personal life with the happiness that Mark Hamill seemed to have. She seemed to have neither. So it was with that in mind that I picked up her current memoir, Wishful Drinking--hoping to find that she had some happiness in her life. And a bit of morbid curiosity besides. The impetus behind Fisher writing Wishful Drinking seems to be a rediscovery of her own life. After years of substance abuse, trying to self-medicate her way out of her bipolar disorder, she ended up getting electroshock therapy to try and set her mind straight. It worked, to an extent, but ended up erasing large portions of her long-term memory. In the attempt to rediscover who she was, Fisher wrote first a one-woman play, and then this book was based on the play. Wishful Drinking is a mostly chronological look at Fisher's life, with significant gaps and detours, and reads like a late-night conversation with an old friend. An old friend who's been drinking, and goes off on tangents, but you enjoy their company enough that you follow them along for the ride. From her earliest reconstructed memories, growing up as the daughter of Hollywood near-royalty Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, through her years as Princess Leia, her marriage and then lingering relationship with Paul Simon, and some other good and bad relationships with men and with substances. She doesn't really rip anyone apart, including herself--she seems more bemused than bitter about most of the bad things that have come her way. Of all the people in her life, she seems to celebrate her mother and her daughter the most--they seem to be the ones who have helped Fisher hold her life together. They make her life worth living, and there's some sweetness there. Because I know Carrie Fisher best from her work in Star Wars (who doesn't?), I was hoping for more information about those years of her life. We get a few good anecdotes, but aside from some jabs at George Lucas' writing style and a bizarre story involving Mark Hamill in the Death Star trash compactor, the book stays far away from galaxies far far away. Her writing is witty and sharp, but with a degree of incoherence that can be irritating. Wishful Drinking deals with substance abuse and mental illness, but doesn't wallow in despair. It's a quick read, a confection with enough barbs to keep you reading, but not much more than that. I had hoped for a little more from Princess Leia--what I got was a little less.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE. ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WHO HAVE CRAZY PARENTS AND GREW UP IN TOTALLY DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES. MY FATHER WAS DIAGNOSED BIPOLAR IN 1996. I NOW HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM. THANK YOU CARRIE FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH US. YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR IS AWSOME. AFTER READING THIS BOOK I DON'T FEEL SO ALONE DEALING WITH THIS. THANKS CARRIE GOD LOVE YOU AND YOU HAVE AN ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER...