Wishful Drinking
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Wishful Drinking

By Carrie Fisher

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Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2009
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.

About the Author

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness -- and her willingness to speak honestly about them -- have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.


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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Fisher has fictionalized her life in several novels (notably Postcards from the Edge), but her first memoir (she calls it "a really, really detailed personals ad") proves that truth is stranger than fiction. There are more juicy confessions and outrageously funny observations packed in these honest pages than most celebrity bios twice the length. After describing how she underwent electroshock therapy for her manic depression, Fisher then sorts through her life as her memories return. She predicts that by the end of the book, "you'll feel so close to me that you'll want to divorce me." At one point, this daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher ("one an icon, the other an arm piece to icons") hilariously diagrams her family tree of Hollywood marriages and remarriages to make sure her daughter's potential date is not a relative. Revealing that at 15 she got a vibrator for Christmas from her mother, she writes, "You might be thinking that a lot of the stories I'm telling you are over the top... but you can't imagine what I'm leaving out." 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. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781847397836
ISBN: 1847397832
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 centimeters (0.08 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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helen honeywood on
I enjoyed reading this book particularly because the author became headline news at the time of reading. This book is imbued with her perceived honesty and essential sense of humour. It is a good read.
Anonymous on
"Like a meandering thought wave through her head." Where else would a thought be? I find this reader comment incohesive. Crawl back under the rock from whence you were sleeping!
summar dobbs on
wishful drinking is a great book if your looking for a light read with tones of humour. i didnt know alot about Carrie Fisher before reading her book besides her famous role in star wars, so i was surprised at her life struggles. she openly talks about her metal disability and her drug addiction along with everything else. i do recommend this book, it was hilarous!!!
michelle hulbert on
this book is terrible! im sure carrie fisher is funny live, but this book is NOT funny. no insight into alcoholism or bi-polar. felt more like a meandering thought wave through her head and into the book.

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