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Shockaholicby Carrie Fisher
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“Fisher is a girl who knows how to tell a story…she can make us laugh, she can make us cringe, but she can also teach us a great deal about the power of forgiveness” (People, 4 stars).
It was a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony Award- and Emmy Award-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if that weren’t enough, she managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her electrifying mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” while staying sober and sane-ish.
Why? Because she wants you to be able to remind her about how Elizabeth Taylor settles a score and the scatological wonders of shoe tycoons. She doesn’t want to forget about how she and Michael Jackson became friends or how she ended up squaring off with not just a senator, but the Senator Ted Kennedy on a date. And she especially wants to preserve her memories of her dad Eddie Fisher—what their relationship was really like and—for all its apparently unconventional aspects—how they were just another father and daughter (her father acting as her daughter and Carrie acting as her beloved father’s dad). In the end, family is family, blood is thicker than the strippers she sent him, and what she’ll never forget is the tender affection she felt for her father who she wholeheartedly forgave and loved.
This memoir from the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;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.
This rollicking follow-up to Carrie Fisherand#8217;s' andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling memoir and Tony Award- and Emmy Award-nominated, one-woman Broadway show andlt;Iandgt;Wishful Drinkingandlt;/Iandgt; is packed with madcap memories from her star-studded life: her friendships with Michael Jackson and her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor; her dates (and brawls) with senators; and her love affair with electroconvulsive therapy. But it's also a tender chronicle of her rollercoaster relationship with her father, Eddie Fisher, whose unconventional approach to life — to say nothing of parenting — sometimes drove Carrie to the brink, but also taught her about the nature of family, and love.
About the Author
Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy. She starred in countless films, including Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of Shockaholic; Wishful Drinking (which became a hit Broadway production); and four bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge.
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