Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

eBook - 2008
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The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean (well, sort of) in her first-ever memoir, adapted from her one-woman Broadway hit show. Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of "Hollywood in-breeding, " 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.Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It's an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty— Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher— homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating) Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed. Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. Entertainment Weekly declared it "drolly hysterical" and the Los Angeles Times called it a "Beverly Hills yard sale of juicy anecdotes." This is Carrie Fisher at her best— revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humor.
Publisher: 2008.
ISBN: 9781439153802
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

Aug 24, 2018

Was a very fast read; I read this book in a few hours. It was entertaining and funny, and Carrie Fisher's writing style is casual, witty, and sarcastic. It is almost as if you are catching up with a friend over brunch as they tell you their life story. However, the lack of seriousness caused a lack of depth to her writing for me (perhaps intentionally). While I did take away a few thought-provoking moments, I had a difficult time connecting with her through her writing style. I enjoyed being taken through her story, but this is not a memoir that will "stick" with me.

Apr 25, 2018

HILARIOUS! Lovely insights into Carrie Fisher's mind and life. Couldn't put the book down, and read it in about one day. Highly recommend for Star Wars geeks, and for those who are interested in her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) life as well.

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.

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