Wishful Drinking Author:Carrie Fisher Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage 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 ca... more »lled 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.« less
Carrie Fisher, post-ECT, writes candidly, sarcastically, and somewhat randomly about her unusual upbringing and her own subsequent fame and its issues. She discusses bi-polar disorder with a wicked sense of humor. A very fast read with many laugh-out-loud moments. Very enjoyable.
I don't generally write reviews, but this book just made me want to write one.
I've liked Carrie Fisher's other books and generally really like "memoirs" about drug addiction, drinking, mental health issues and things like that. So it seemed like Carrie Fisher's "memoir" titled Wishful Drinking would be very good. I was excited about reading it.
But, I was let down. I did not like this book at all. It didn't go into any detail about anything in her life. Just a sentence or two about some "issue" and that's all. I was always waiting for "the story" then I finally just got to the end and really didn't feel like she actually told anything. It was just sort of rambling about herself while trying too hard to be funny yet leaving out an actual story. Along with that, although some authors can do the rambling, then getting distracted and changing to some other topic, she really couldn't pull it off.
I would not recommend this book at all which upsets me because I was really expecting something much better.
This book was so sarcastic and funny in the way she describes her life and the lives of other hollywood weirdos.
Raised as a hollywood icon daughter she has a hard row to hoe, and she does it well.
From her always absent father to her kooky mother, she tales little snippits of her life that makes out crazy lives seem so sane.
This book does have some language so beware. But it is hilarious.
LOVE IT! Great writing (but you have to like dry humor). It's laugh out loud funny. She makes herself so humorous. You have to know that Carrie Fisher has a colorful sense of humor and be ready for for the crudeness. If you've seen any inteviews with her - you can certainly hear her reading this book to you. Sit back and enjoy, I couldn't put it down.
Meh. Not as funny as her magazine pieces, although, to be fair, there were a few laugh out loud moments and wry observations. On the whole, I get the sense she's hilarious in person - the perfect person to sit next to at a dinner party - but all the meds she's on that have helped toned down her manic-depression have also given her a strangely detached voice that make it difficult to feel like you're really getting a peek into her life. More like you're in the audience at one of her "Wishful Drinking" shows.
With reading the prologue, I wasn't impressed. I was getting annoyed. But other than that, once it got going, the book flowed pretty good! There was one scene where she said she was "invited" to a mental hospital and it was an honor! She couldn't just not go! She made a scary serious thing funny and honest. It was such a quick read (the font is huge), I read it in an evening. Not the best book ever, but worth an evening!