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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 a great deal about the power of forgiveness."—People (4-star review)

“[Fisher] never lets herself veer into woe-is-me-ism. With charming shamelessness, she conducts a brisk and witty tour of her life, delivering up her tragedies as a nonstop laugh riot.”—Elle

“Hilarious.”—Marie Claire

“There's no such thing as TMI in Carrie Fisher's world, and that's why we're hooked on her new memoir, Shockaholic.”—Ladies' Home Journal

"Fisher's memoir Shockaholic, the follow-up to her successful autobiography and one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, is similarly witty, ramshackle, and outrageous."—Washington Post

“Fisher is, at her core, a very good writer who's able to keep us entertained. Fisher deserves praise for being up front about the [electroshock] therapy…If she wants to keep talking, we'll keep listening.”—Los Angeles Times

“Hollywood's new poor little rich girl . . . continues her tour down the rabbit hole of Crazy Town, sparking us through brightly lit secret corridors while twisting self-deprecation into an art form. Fisher's wordplay is wicked, relentless, and playful as a bouncy house full of polar bear cubs.”—San Francisco Chronicle

"Amazing . . . pretty fascinating stuff."—Rosie O'Donnell (Windy City Times interview)

[Shockaholic] stands out beautifully from what has become the madding memoir crowd."—Buffalo News

“Fisher's word choices and comedic rhythm echo such literary comic masters as S.J. Perelman and Woody Allen . . . she proves the ripe adage that comedy really is tragedy plus time. Grade: A-” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Carrie Fisher goes from pathos to punch line with a flick of her wit." —Louisville Courier-Journal

“Carrie Fisher is able to deliver a sage, self-deprecating tour of addiction, bipolar disorder, and her experiences with ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy) in a way that leaves readers feeling like she's your funny, cynical, down-to-earth BFF.” —BUST

“[A] funny and sad memoir . . . tremendous wit, ample self-deprecation, and a thinly veiled and deep-seated anguish.”—Publishers Weekly

"Fisher is a writer, an observer, and a keen one at that. Her way with words, even though she claims electroshock treatments have made her forget many of them, is raw and raucous."—Booklist

“Fisher writes with razor-sharp wit that is acerbic, insightful, and contemplative, all laced with a tenderness that will disarm even the most cynic reader.”—

“Princess Leia Amidala Skywalker Solo strikes again . . . The one-liners keep coming and the temptation is to conclude that all this Gemutlichkeit is distancing behavior, but leave that to her army of shrinks and Dr. Feelgoods and just enjoy the ride.”—

Shockaholic is shocking, but it's the emotional depths that are charged under the therapy's push that really makes this an interesting read.” —

"For those who are partial to Fisher's sharp and acerbic take on things, her sense of the absurd clearly derived from firsthand experience, Shockaholic . . . doesn't disappoint."—

Shockaholic is a breeze to read: fast-paced and clever, funny enough to make you laugh aloud, and short enough to be read in one sitting. But the moments of insight, of clarity, of vulnerability that Fisher shares with the reader in her characteristically straightforward manner remain long after the last lovely bon mot.”—

"Fisher is a storyteller, very happy to make jokes at her own expense . . . Shockaholic will only enhance her reputation as Hollywood's unofficial amateur therapist."—The Guardian (London)

"Plenty more weird episodes are packed into [Carrie Fisher's] latest memoir, Shockaholic. . . . Some of the stories are heartbreakingly sad, yet Fisher makes them laugh-out-loud funny on the page."—Sunday Sun (UK)

"Modern American literature has an enviable tradition of wisecracking dames nursing broken hearts or fragile psyches dating back to Dorothy Parker. To that list we can add Carrie Fisher. . . . We are now well used to the kind of celebrity confessional which details the darker aspects of the celebrity lifestyle. It is to Fisher's credit that she has walked the same route with the kind of panache that makes us laugh."—The Telegraph (Belfast)

"Even if you're not a Star Wars fan, [Carrie Fisher] will have you laughing as she reveals her amazing experiences in Hollywood and beyond."—The Journal (UK)

“Fisher’s life certainly provides a wealth of colorful anecdotes. . . . But the real gold of the book comes in Fisher’s ruthlessly self-abnegating sense of humor.”—

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264822
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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 novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. 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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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 3, 2011
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Reading a Carrie Fisher book is a wild trip indeed, full of stream of consciousness writing mixed with a strong dose of humor. The result? Revelations and opinions that are totally refreshing compared to so much tepid writing and so-called "confessions" out there.

Fisher can definitely NOT be described as tepid. Given the day and time she could be described as depressed or hyper, a loyal friend or a shopaholic. She fights to keep weight off and recently shed weight with the aid of (as Fisher puts it).." "my unexpected ship...the S.S. Jenny Craig." Yep, she used the Jenny Craig program in spite of the fact that she'd have to reveal her hefty body to the public before taking off the weight. Not an easy task.

But for me it is her unique humor that make her books, including Shockaholic, stand out from the crowd. Who else would write: "One could argue that by having regular ECT treatments, I'm paying two- that's right, two electric bills. One for the house and one for the head."

In between the humor are serious messages. Electroshock therapy may help when other depression treatments fail. Like so many others, Fisher was terrified to try it but it helped her immensely. With so many ashamed to admit that they struggle to remain semi-balanced and functioning, Shockaholic could take away some of the stigma.

Not that the book focuses only on electroshock treatments. Fisher doesn't avoid making fun of herself while sharing her views on a variety of topics. Michael Jackson. Elizabeth Taylor. The details of a wildly surreal conversation with Senator Kennedy. Memories of visiting Michael Jackson's Neverland estate.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Annie B VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
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I absolutely love Carrie Fisher's books, so I was thrilled to find she had a new one out. She is one of the funniest, bravest women ever. Not just anyone would open up on the subject of "shock" therapy (ECT) and I don't think anyone else could make it funny. Fisher manages to do so though, while at the same time being informative and shining a new light on the whole ECT process.

There's a lot more to this book, though. She dishes on Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, just to mention a few things. I felt I understood a lot of things much better. I also came to a much better understanding of just what a monster celebrity can be, especially when it robs people of their childhoods. Fisher's unflinching look into the world of fame, including her parents, is very enlightening.

And did I mention that she is funny?? She's hilarious! Fisher writes about really horrible issues and still manages to make them funny. She sure calls things as she sees them. Her humor may be off-putting to some readers, but I love her.

Overall, wonderful new memoir by a woman who has battled demons her whole life but has overcome them. A great, entertaining, informative read. I highly recommend it!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett VINE VOICE on November 17, 2011
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Carrie Fisher, she of famous parents and Star Wars fame, has produced another short but engaging lump of memoirs. And by short I mean this is in the region of 160 pages and the print isn't small either. So you need to question the value for the price, but as to the content..

Ms Fisher has her daemons, but she remains articulate and witty with a sharp observational sense. She covers a number of different aspects in this, her shock therapy, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor and her parents in the main, her style is self-depreciating and humorous and she doesn't hold back. She comes over very well as a warm, caring and aware person whose addiction and depression problems are not hidden and are put into context. You kind of think that time in her company would be a real pleasure (although she has memory problems relating to the on-going shock therapy and she may not remember it!).

So short but entertaining, the insight to Jackson (and his dentist!) was probably the most interesting along with her tale of a dinner with a very famous senator! A combined volume of all her biographical writing would probably be fascinating, but the short chunk approach leaves you wanting more and feeling slightly short-changed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By joseph on November 8, 2011
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I really liked this book. I've read all but one of Carrie Fisher's books and I find her to be uproariously funny, terrifically smart, and adorably self-deprecating.
This book, told in her singular voice, is slight but packed with surprising emotion and feeling. Ranging from such disparate subjects as ECT (or "shock treatment"-hence the title), to Michael Jackson, to her complicated relationship with her father, Shockaholic is a quick, but greatly satisfying, read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Drew on January 5, 2012
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In my review of Wishful Drinking I wrote:

"To have such comedic timing and truth telling is a gift. A survivor's tool as well. Bless her heart. Reading between the lines I'd say Carrie Fisher has even a more profound truth telling book in her that is just calling out to be written, to share and to provide world wide healing."

Carrie takes a further step forward in telling more of the secrets. In continuing to do that, Carrie will find her complete healing. President Garfield said, "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

Meanwhile along with the gut aching laughs Carrie has given me I share being touched by Star Wars in that as an expert witness testifying before a jury in a child death case the state's attorney asked me about Yoda. As Carrie wrote, "If this wasn't funny, it would just be true." Yoda must have been on the jury because they came back with an $11.7 million dollar judgment against the state.

Now in "Shockoholic" Carrie confirms a story I heard through a friend who had a relationship with a guy who swam in those high political circles. He brought his 14 year old daughter to a strategy meeting that included Senator Ted Kennedy. He reported Kennedy talked about his daughter in the same sexual predatory manner as Carrie describes in her book. As a good father that night he simply walked out and left that ugly world of politics for good.

Carrie knows so many secrets, in my opinion, that's what drags her down into depression or maybe there are still memories that she has suppressed. A studied show that out of a 129 women who were terribly assaulted when they were little, that as grown women 38% had totally buried the horrible assaults done to their little souls.
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