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ISBN13: 9781439102251
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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 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.

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"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"You could say this book is a blistering stream of witty comments, or a dazzling romp through the experiences of a woman who once sought drug-addiction counsel from Cary Grant. But it isn't really about any of that. It's about the dizzying, dissonant music of Carrie Fisher's existence." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

An uproariously sober look at Fisher's Hollywood hangover reveals what it was "really" like to grow up as a celebrity daughter, come of age on the set of Star Wars, and become a cultural icon at the age of 19 — with no holds barred. Photos.

About the Author

Carrie Fisher is the author of the bestsellers Postcards from the Edge, Surrender the Pink, and Delusions of Grandma. She has a daughter, Billie. They want to see the aurora borealis.

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crowyhead, April 18, 2009 (view all comments by crowyhead)
The sad thing about this book is that my favorite part was the cover. I mean, that's a brilliant cover!

But overall? Not the book I was hoping for. Fisher seems to have mostly transcribed her one-woman show, and the problem is, what works for a performance doesn't hold up very well as a book. Everything's sort of glossed over with self-deprecating jokes, and there's not a real sense of narrative or much in the way of self-reflection. I didn't really want a celebrity tell-all, but I would really be interested in what Fisher really thinks and feels about her struggles with addiction, mental illness, and the bizarreness of her fame. Instead, I mostly got a lot of jokes about how it's weird when guys talk about obsessing about Princess Leia. It seemed like whenever she got too close to something painful, it was danced around or told in such a way that felt like she was saying, "Ok, told you about that, got it out of the way, so there." There is some genuinely interesting and affecting material here, but it's hard to find, which is really disappointing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439102251
Author:
Fisher, Carrie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.39 oz

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Product details 176 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781439102251 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "You could say this book is a blistering stream of witty comments, or a dazzling romp through the experiences of a woman who once sought drug-addiction counsel from Cary Grant. But it isn't really about any of that. It's about the dizzying, dissonant music of Carrie Fisher's existence."
"Synopsis" by , An uproariously sober look at Fisher's Hollywood hangover reveals what it was "really" like to grow up as a celebrity daughter, come of age on the set of Star Wars, and become a cultural icon at the age of 19 — with no holds barred. Photos.
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