In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit.
Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Warswhen only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabres." Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction and weathering the wild ride of manic depression.
It's an incredible tale - from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, and from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2009
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781847397836
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Review by fist
This was a quick read, clearly the written-out form of a stand-up routine by Ms Fisher. Very light fodder, but enjoyable (although I guess much more so if one heard it performed live, or as an audiobook).
Review by wodfest
Loved this. But then I was all prepared to love this.
Review by elliepotten
This is definitely what I'd call a sketchy book. Sketchy because it is adapted from Fisher's one-woman show, flitting to and fro between various areas of her life and events in her past. Sketchy in that her ECT treatments have undoubtedly damaged her memory and therefore many of the details that might otherwise have been included in an autobiographical book have been lost. And sketchy in that in true bipolar style, her prose veers from insightful genius to a little incomprehensible and back again.That being said, I really enjoyed it! I could almost hear Fisher recounting her anecdotes, deadpanning at every comic twist, offering up each tidbit of her life with a bittersweet kind of relish. I didn't really know anything about her other than that she played Princess Leia, grew up into the actress I'd seen in <i>When Harry Met Sally</i> and <i>Undiscovered</i>, and was severely manic depressive, so for me it was an interesting read. She covers everything from her alcoholism to her relationship with her beautiful but decidedly unconventional mother; from the trend in her family for multiple marriages to the inescapable legacy of the <i>Star Wars</i> movies. She is irreverent, self-deprecating and has a refreshing voice that simultaneously pays tribute to and breaks down the illusion of Hollywood glamour thrown up by her glittering background. I'll be eagerly awaiting the release of <i>Shockaholic</i> at the end of 2011!