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Wishful Drinking Paperback – September 8, 2009
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"She's still funny as hell...Her stories bubble, bounce, and careen with an energy...Get someone to read this rollicking book aloud to you." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Fisher makes each crushing tragedy hilarious." -- People (4 out of 4 stars)
"[T]here are also sparkling bons mots bespeaking [Carrie's] quirky intelligence and sweetness. Spoken like a true princess." -- Elle
"Clearly, you should buy this book....she has expert comic timing and, perhaps more importantly, better stories than most drug addicts....Fisher is unafraid to write, brutally and vividly." -- New York Post
"Fisher, unlike most celebrities (especially ones spawned from other celebrities) can actually write, and...Wishful Drinking, though an extremely short book, is super salacious and entertaining." -- Jezebel.com
"Fisher is a language obsessive, a nimble verbal acrobat who puns and somersaults around a page with glee...If you are a fan of Fisher's fiction, a follower of her mental illness or simply a looky-loo stargazer curious about her Hollywood heritage, Wishful Drinking will likely make you laugh." -- Slate.com
"There are more juicy confessions and outrageously funny observations packed in these honest pages than most celebrity bios twice the length...With acerbic precisions 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)
About the Author
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 143915371X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439153710
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.31 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (September 8, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm glad I did.
"Postcards from the Edge" was my only prior impression of the relationship these two women had. This memoir paints a very different picture. I am sorry the world has lost these two brilliant and beautiful souls, but I am glad for them both that they still have each other.
From this point on she opens her heart to you. She reveals all of her secrets and experiences. She goes on tangents and just keeps the conversation going with you as personally and as candidly as possible. You don't so much get to sit down with your hero of stage and screen, but rather get to know a human being in a world full of larger than Life characters. She's the one sane person in an insane world and the product of that. This book is a journey into how and why she became the hero known as Carrie Fisher. And I say she is a hero because having come from such a surreal life it is hard not to fall in love with her and admire the strength and Gaul this woman has in the face of a difficult reality.
By the end of the night her pint is still full, yours is empty, and somehow you feel like you not only got to know her but have been hugged by her just moments before she throws glitter at you as an expression of affection.
This is what wishful drinking is. A very sober but enriching tale into the life of a person born into American royalty, thrust into a surreal life way too young, and her battle to keep herself together with pride and dignity through it all.
Fisher starts with a look at her parents and takes the reader though her journey of adolescence. She talks about the impact of Star Wars on her life, reoccurring themes in her life, her loves, her loses, drug use, and how her bipolar diagnosis has affected her life.
Fisher reveals that she wrote “Wishful Drinking” to reclaim what was left of her former life. Her writing style is easy to read and sincere. The novel is filled with humor and honesty. I felt like a welcomed friends as I read her memoir.
Fisher shares pictures and tidbits of her life which is a true delight for the reader.
“Wishful Drinking” is a heartfelt memoir, deserving of Carrie’s fans. I picked up the book when I heard Fisher had a cardiac episode and I’m so glad I got to her before she passed away. This is Carrie Fisher, raw, honest, sincere, candid, and the princess of our hearts. I highly recommend this book
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Having suffered from depression myself, I loved the way Carrie was brutally honest and she had some amazing name doing stories. I think I am in awe of this great loss to the world (and her mother) and she is one of my new heroes.
I really enjoyed Carrie's style of writing and the content of the book.
I think having spend so long attending AA meetings, and embracing their ethos she was very self-deprecating and did not ever seek any sympathy. One could certainly think she would deserve some, having been raised in the most unusual circumstances, and dealing with a most tragic life. She described herself as being "blessed with very few problems in life" but when one considers those problems were of such magnitude (a dead guy in her bed, substance abuse and manic depression together with her "half problem" her husband leaving her for another man) she did remarkably well with trying to deal with those problems.
I really enjoyed this book and will certainly be buying her follow up book "Shockable".
However, when her book Wishful Drinking was discounted on Kindle one day and I thought to myself “Why not give it a read?” I bought it and man I am really glad I did. After reading it I come to the realisation that I really wish that I had paid more attention to Carrie Fisher before she had died. She was so funny. I laughed out loud to her witty and brutally honest accounts of drug abuse and her “normal” Hollywood upbringing.
Even if, like me, you are not a fan of the Star Wars franchise this book is still a brilliant and engaging read. With direct comments to the reader Carrie Fisher, even whilst being dead, makes you feel like you are her friend and having a conversation. She makes you feel like part of her story. It is reasons like this that you cannot deny her talent.
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