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Wishful Drinking Paperback – Bargain Price, September 8, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
I've liked Carrie Fisher's other books and generally really like "memoirs" about drug addiction, drinking, mental health issues and things like that. So it seemed like Carrie Fisher's "memoir" titled Wishful Drinking would be very good. I was excited about reading it.
But, I did not like this book at all. It didn't go into any detail about anything in her life. Just a sentence or two about some "issue" and that's all. I was always waiting for "the story" then I finally just got to the end and really didn't feel like she actually told anything. It was just sort of rambling about herself while trying too hard to be funny yet leaving out an actual story. Along with that, although some authors can do the rambling, then getting distracted and changing to some other topic, she really couldn't pull it off.
I would not recommend this book at all which upsets me because I was really expecting something much better.
But it seems that her one-woman show, the source material for this book, loses a lot when it's put onto paper. I haven't seen the show, but I have heard her on the radio several times and she's a great interview. You can dig into the NPR archives to listen.
On stage, this material could become a whole performance. But pain transmuted into mere anecdote loses a lot in translation, without voice, expression and body language to support the story.
Fisher remains detached from her own memoir, partly a result of growing up so publicly in the ultimate dysfunctional Hollywood family, and now she says also due to her ECT treatments for her manic depression. For example, she's funny when she talks about being in Star Wars, and how it's taken over her identity, but she doesn't really share what the experience was like, as a nineteen-year old daughter of Hollywood finding herself (almost certainly unexpectedly) in the biggest movie of all time.
Fisher is a talented writer and performer, and I wish her all the best. I enjoyed Wishful Drinking, but ironically it feels like some of Fisher's biggest fans might be the most disappointed by the distancing effect of her humor. On the other hand, I have not read her novels, and fans of that work might be gratified to see Fisher finally telling her story as memoir rather than thinly disguised roman a clef.
Whah? That's like writing, "If your car breaks down in the Ozarks, you're probably going to meet some scary hillbillies!"
Sadly, this is typical of the humor in Carrie's new work. Obvious and drab. As some reviewers have noted, it does indeed seem as if she phoned-it-in, as if she wrote this on the back of a grocery list while watching a Wolf Blitzer marathon on CNN one afternoon. I'm more than a little astonished, to be honest. She got paid for this? This is considered "quality" in Hollywood and in literary circles in New York?
Who am I kiding? Of course it is. That's the problem.
Carrie's anecdotes are sometimes interesting (sure they are--she grew-up with movie stars and became Princess Leia and had Hollywood adventures). But her writing (here) is so poor, lazy, and lacking in verve that even the best anecdotes seem blah, or forced. She sprinkles exclamation points at the end of sentence after sentence, like a schoolgirl desperate to fake or manufacture some excitement in the tedious essay she's barely bothered to craft.
Fisher uses "really, really" a lot. Disturbingly so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I guess I'm as fascinated by Carrie Fisher and her mom as anyone. I'm roughly the same age as Carrie and was working at a drive-in four-plex the summer Star Wars came out. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Candice E
Sadly it is a short book and was a quick read. I caught her show in Berkeley and it was wonderful.Published 9 days ago by Pyewacket
I found so much of her material relatable from my past. She gave a light hearted look at a life with mental illness and addiction as well as many other situations that arose in her... Read morePublished 13 days ago
This was a very humorous look in to the mind of someone born and raised in Hollywood. I got a real laugh at one point when she says as a kid she used to fantasize about being a... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Trevor Sherman
This was definitely taken from her show. It was disjointed and a bit rambling here and there, but her sincerity and heart shines through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arianna
I love Carrie Fisher, the actress. I like Carrie Fisher, the writer. However, this was just not a good book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gladiator unbeatable
I laughed loudly throughout this book, although some of it was poignant & sad. Carrie Fischer has such an honest voice and she tells all her stories truthfully and with so much... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dix88
Very interesting ride through Carrie Fisher memoirs of life. A different side to her than I realized existed.Published 3 months ago by HFinley