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Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean well sort of in her first ever memoir adapted from her one woman Broadway hit show Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a p

  • Title: Wishful Drinking
  • Author: Carrie Fisher
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean well, sort of in her first ever memoir, adapted from her one woman Broadway hit 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 nineteeThe bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean well, sort of in her first ever memoir, adapted from her one woman Broadway hit 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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    1. When the original Star Wars trilogy came out, I was too young to have nurtured any grotty, pubescent fantasies about Princess Leia (though I guess by the time of Return of the Jedi, I was old enough to be confusedly excited by those harem scenes with Jabba the Hutt). But now that I’ve read Wishful Drinking, I kind of want Carrie Fisher for my girlfriend. Except that she’s my mother’s age. And she’s a recovering alcoholic/drug addict with bipolar disorder and a lavishly messed-up family. [...]

    2. Audiobook - Library Overdrive- I downloaded this on a whim - it was available. I think this is the shortest Audiobook I’ve ever listened to - yet many topics are covered. There was a lot I didn’t know - including that Carrie Fisher was married - not long - to Paul Simon. Actually there was a lot I didn’t know —I didn’t follow any news about Princess Leia from Star Wars. I knew nothing about her childhood - her absent father - her history with drugs - her history with a variety of psych [...]

    3. I hate to be one of those people who rush to read a book written by a celebrity who has just decided to throw their spoon in the corner, and move onto the next level, out of this world. I have always found it to be a case of appreciating someone after they are gone rather than appreciating them when they are still with us.And here I am, doing exactly that.To my defense, I have had Fisher's books on me for a very long time, but never got to them for reasons of many. My intrigue sparked after her [...]

    4. Turning to the first of her short memoirs, I was faced with some of Carrie Fisher's most interesting sentiments and humorous anecdotes detailing a life about which I knew very little. Fisher adds as an opening disclaimer that she underwent electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), which erased some of her past memories, so things within these pages might not be as clear or succinct as their actual occurrences. Born in the worst possible situation, the offspring of two Hollywood stars, Carrie Fisher foun [...]

    5. Like most boys popping wood for the first time in the late '70s and early '80s, I had a "healthy" interest in Princess Leia Carrie Fisher. Later in life, whenever I've seen one of her books on the shelves, I'd think about possibly reading it, out of interest for what she might have to say regarding those iconic Star Wars movies. I even gave a little shit about what she's been up to since then. Call it a passing fancy, one that I've passed up time and again for year upon year, right up until rece [...]

    6. WISHFUL DRINKING is a short, but interesting memoir surrounding Carrie Fisher's life growing up in a celebrity household, (parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher) her addictions, electroshock therapy, bipolar disorder and after effects of playing Princess Leia in the epic STAR WARS saga.Written with sarcastic humor and wit, gotta give her credit for laying it all out there, and persevering to overcome her demons.Just ok for me.

    7. I loved Carrie Fisher; she was an icon of my youth. She was also smart, funny, and courageous.Her death saddened me so much. She should have had years ahead of her. She (and we) were deprived of her wit and intelligence. Her witness to surviving mental illness and addiction.I read this book in honor of her and to feel her presence again. The book is as funny, poignant, and funny as you would expect. It read like lightening and was over too soon.Just like Carrie Fisher's life.

    8. 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 b [...]

    9. A memoir about drug abuse, sexual compulsion and manic depression shouldn't be this funny, but in Carrie Fisher's hands it's a laugh riot. Wishful Drinking ($21, Simon & Schuster) is slim, packed with photos and basically the script for her hit one-woman show of the same name. Fisher calls this book a "a really, really detailed personals ad," and covers everything from the dead, gay Republican in her bed (which was tabloid fodder for weeks in 2005), her missing-in-action, over-the-top parent [...]

    10. Carrie Fishers unending wit and charm shine through this quick, fun read. I highly suggest reading this before watching her Wishful Drinking special as it's nearly word for word in most parts, with the book adding a few extra stories here and there. It's heartbreaking that she left us so soon but thank goodness she left behind some great books to keep us company.

    11. “I didnt realize I actually had post-traumatic stress disorder at the time, but why would I think I had that? Anyway, how would I know which was post-traumatic stress, which is addiction, which is bipolar, which is Libra?”

    12. This rating is all about how damn funny this book is, and how sad I am that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us. (Also because I'm pleased that one of my favourite songs of all time - Paul Simon's Graceland - is revealed to be about her. (Which was probably no revelation at all to most fans.))

    13. You know those celebrity memoirs that are clearly ghostwritten, stilted, and pseudo-deep? Yeah, this isn’t one of those. This is pure Carrie Fisher, demented and crooked and wise and bluntly funny and irreverent.I really recommend listening to the audiobook. Carrie reads it herself and I think her delivery adds a lot. Plus, of course, it’s rather moving to hear her voice now, as if from the grave. The writing also sounds like something meant to be read aloud, very conversational.She starts o [...]

    14. This is a short audiobook that my husband and I listened to in the course of one morning - it is basically a studio recording of a one-woman show that Carrie Fisher did for a while. It is about her life, looking back after electro-shock therapy had discarded some of her memories (terrifying to realize they are still using this treatment!!). She is so funny in how she talks about her father's dalliances and her mother's lifestyle. I do wish the audio engineer had her re-record a few of the parts [...]

    15. Do you have a friend, who no matter how much you like her, you have to acknowledge is a horrible story teller? She tells them with too much back story, and after every overlong vignette concludes she pauses expectantly waiting for you to crack up at just how hysterical it was that Sarah would say that to Jean in line at the supermarket. Well, now you can have that experience in book form, written by someone who isn't even your friend.

    16. 3.5 starsThis book is (more or less) the written version of Carrie Fisher's stage production "Wishful Drinking." Carrie is probably best known for her role as the beautiful, intrepid 'Princess Leia" in the Star Wars movies. Carrie was 19 when the first movie filmed and - perhaps coincidentally - this was when the actress transitioned from habitually smoking pot to using hallucinogens and opiates. In time Carrie became a drug-addicted alcoholic with manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder 2). [...]

    17. This is a helluva good memoir! I finished it in one day. Longer review to come ASAP.Some more thoughts on Wishful Drinking.I've read several of Carrie Fisher's novels (I recommend Postcards from the Edge) but her memoir is much more fun. It's written in her droll, self-deprecating style and covers her life growing up the daughter of famous parents; the Princess Leia years; her marriages and finally being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "My diagnosis was manic depression. I think today they call [...]

    18. Listened to the audiobook. Very entertaining and funny. Did not know she was married to Paul Simon. When I have more time (or less books I want to read first) I will READ the actual book!

    19. It is not often one gets the chance to read the memoirs of someone who has has the dubious distinction of having been made into a Pez dispenser. In Wishful Drinking, Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher has plenty of stories to tell about that and many other fascinating subjects including being raised by famous, scandal-plagued parents, her drug abuse and mental disorder, marriage to Paul Simon, her recent electroconvulsive therapy, and what it's like when a gay republican dies in your bed.Carrie Fisher [...]

    20. This is so funny and fucked up! I feel bad for laughing as much as I am, because it's awful, but Carrie Fisher was one seriously funny lady! “Well, naturally, my father flew to Elizabeth's side, gradually making his way slowly to her front. He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis. Now this made marriage to my mother awkward, so he was gone within the week.” Soooo messed up, but I'm sitting here, actually [...]

    21. It's the incomparable Carrie Fishered I type more? She automatically gets a five from me. There will NEVER be another lady like her—not now, not ever—as Carrie's emotional fearlessness and infectious wit was/is one-of-a-kind priceless. From my view, she was so much more than Princess Leia; an intelligent thinker (and hilarious writer) who came equipped with soaring feelings and a refreshing take-no-prisoners attitude about life. Great book, great gal. Up next: Shockaholic. Yeah; I'm on a Car [...]

    22. Picked this up on a whim at the used bookstore. Glad I did it was a quick, highly entertaining read. It's based on the show Carrie Fisher was doing at the time and reads like that. It definitely seems a bit scattered at times but given the subject matter it's to be expected. I really enjoyed Carrie's perspective on addiction and mental illness. Plus, her perspective on celebrity was great. Check out this quote"Anyway, at a certain point in my early twenties, my mother started to become worried a [...]

    23. This has to be one of the funniest biographies I've ever read. Fischer's frankness reminded me of Esther Williams' autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid. And what she does tell is pretty cut and dry with no euphemisms (for example Fischer describes that when Elizabeth Taylor's husband died in a tragic accident, her father "consoled her with his penis").It's a very short read and that might be my biggest complaint. "You wouldn't believe what I'm NOT telling you," Fischer teases in her book. An [...]

    24. A friend let me know about this wonderful audiobook,and I'm so glad she did. I loved it! Loved listening to Carrie's voice for three hours straight. She was so narural as a narrator. And despite talking about very diffucult things,did it with humor. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Being a Star Wars fan,of course my favourite parts were when she talked about that. At the end of the book she reads the,now classic,line of her asking help from Obi Wan. And then goes "I can't forget that [...]

    25. I picked this up purely for a reading challenge, but I was a bit hesitant because I don't know that much about Fisher and I thought it may be yet another celebrity memoir about "poor me" and their drug addiction.So I was so surprised with just how funny she was. The whole book is just her basically speaking to you like she is on stage at a comedy club. And what a life she had. The audio was narrated by her and so particularly tragic to listen to her flippantly talk about things like her own deat [...]

    26. I've really been trying to make an effort in 2018 to read books I already own. Currently the amount of books I own but haven't read, including in audio and e-book, numbers around 221. Katie gave me this book in a Christmas book exchange on Cannonball Read in December 2016, two weeks before Carrie Fisher died. Even though I was beyond excited to finally have it in my possession, since it had been on my TBR for years and I'd never gotten around to it, I just couldn't make myself read it. I was sti [...]

    27. Wishful Drinking is the saddest biography I've ever read. I'm sure die-hard fans of Carrie Fisher may enjoy and appreciate this book, but if you're looking for some fun celebrity comic-relief, definitely pass this one up.Wishful Drinking begins with Carrie Fisher explaining how proud she is to be starting her life over at the age of fifty-two after having undergone electroshock therapy. She states how she can't remember much of her life up until the writing of Wishful Drinking, and also tries to [...]

    28. I love Carrie's stories. They are funny and interesting. She has a way of bringing out poignant moments amid some absurd situation. She did a lot of living. There is something interesting about seeing what life is like for people who grow up with famous parents. From the outside it looks amazing and she gives a more rounded picture. There are some scenes that overlap with the princess diaries and I wonder if that was on purpose or if that was simply the electro shock therapy. The few repeated st [...]

    29. 3.5 stars.I didn't expect to enjoy this, since I hadn't been able to get into her last book, The Princess Diarist. However, I found myself frequently laughing out loud at her irreverence, profanity, candid look at being bipolar, and her oddball take on her life and life in general.

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