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Shockaholicby Carrie Fisher
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andlt;Bandgt;Bad news . . .andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;. . . for anyone who thought Carrie Fisher had finally stopped talking about herself: Sorry, but after all of her seemingly endless blathering on about her nose-bleedhigh- class problems, it appears she has yet another brand-new problem to overshare about (though donand#8217;t expect to relate to it). This time, the electro-convulsive shock therapy sheand#8217;s been regularly undergoing is threatening to wipe out (whatand#8217;s left of) her memory. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But get ready for a shock of your own. Not only doesnand#8217;t she mind paying the second electric bill, but she loves the high-voltage treatments. In fact, she gets a real charge out of them. She canand#8217;t get enough. In fact, this might even be a brand-new addiction for her. But before she can truly commit herself to it in the long term, sheand#8217;d better get some of those more nagging memories of hers on paper. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Itand#8217;s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling book andlt;Iandgt;Wishful Drinkingandlt;/Iandgt;. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that werenand#8217;t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted fleshand#8212;not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed and#8220;wishful shrinking,and#8221; all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Why? Because she wants you to someday be able to remind her about how Elizabeth Taylor settles a score and the scatological wonders of shoe tycoons. She doesnand#8217;t want to forget about how she and Michael Jackson became friends or how she ended up sparring with none other than Ted Kennedy on a dinner date. And she especially wants to preserve her memories of Eddie Fisherand#8212;what their relationship really was and the beautiful story it turned out to be in the end. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Yes, of course, andlt;Iandgt;Shockaholic andlt;/Iandgt;is laugh-out-loud funny, acerbic, and witty as hell. But it also reveals a new side of Carrie Fisher that may even bring a pleasant shock your way: it is contemplative, vulnerable, and ultimately quite tender.
"In this funny and sad memoir, Fisher (Wishful Drinking) tackles her difficult decision to pursue ongoing electroshock therapy, an unpopular medical alternative which she lauds as a last-ditch effort to alleviate the pain of living her particular life: 'I was in pain squared, pain cubed, pain to the nth power.' Writing with tremendous wit, ample self-deprecation, and a thinly veiled and deep-seated anguish, she shares stories about a riveting dinner with Senators Chris Dodd and Ted Kennedy, and her friendship with Michael Jackson, among others. Fisher confides that she's become someone who 'could be counted on to be amusing' at various public functions, frequently including 'references to my infamous family.' Fisher's father Eddie, whom she barely saw until she was 20, supplied her with drugs. Later, she nursed her father during his illnesses, which she writes about in the latter half of the book in a number of moving reflections. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This memoir from the bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Postcards from the Edgeandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Wishful Drinkingandlt;/Iandgt; gives you an intimate, gossip-filled look at what itand#8217;s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked andlt;Iandgt;Wishful Drinkingandlt;/Iandgt; on the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller list for months, andlt;Iandgt;Shockaholicandlt;/Iandgt; is the juicy account of Carrie Fisherand#8217;s life. Covering a broad range of topicsand#8212;from never-before-heard tales of Hollywood gossip to outrageous moments of celebrity desperation; from alcoholism to illegal drug use; from the familial relationships of Hollywood royalty to scandalous run-ins with noteworthy politicians; from shock therapy to talk therapyand#8212;Carrie Fisher gives an intimate portrait of herself, and sheand#8217;s one of the most indelible and powerful forces in culture at large today. Just as she has said of playing Princess Leiaand#8212;and#8220;It isnand#8217;t all sweetness and light sabersand#8221;and#8212;Fisher takes readers on a no-holds-barred narrative adventure, both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.
Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and on the heels of Wishful Drinking ’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Shockaholic takes readers on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.
There is no shortage of people flocking to hear what Princess Leia has to say. Her previous hardcover, Wishful Drinking, was an instant New York Times bestseller and Carrie was featured everywhere on broadcast media and received rave reviews from coast to coast, including People (4 stars; one of their top 10 books of the year), Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, and scores of others.
Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only nineteen years old. Fisher delves into the gritty details that made the movie—and herself—such a phenomenal success, admitting, “It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers.”
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 books: Wishful Drinking—which lead to a hit Broadway production of the same name—Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, the basis for the popular film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. In 2009, she was nominated for a Grammy award in Best Spoken Word Performance for the audio edition of Wishful Drinking. 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.
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