Wishful Drinking (Unabridged)
by Carrie Fisher
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Carrie Fisher reads her New York Times Bestselling Memoir! Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage 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.
Amusing and honest
I'm not one for these types of books ("these types" being memoirs of self-destructive celebs), but Fisher's personality is... interesting. She seems to have less to lose than most famous-disaster-writing famous people, and a lot more insight, and... she writes her books herself, and... Look, the book is great. It's touching without meaning to be touching, and brutally honest without being SO honest that you feel embarrassed for the writer. Fisher's witty, but not cutesy. She gives some insight into things I'm a fan of--Star Wars, for example, and Paul Simon's songs--and some insight into things I had no clue I might be interested in--how her mom, Debbie Reynolds, used to dress herself, for example. Plus she delivers this line so brilliantly, it makes it worth the purchase: "Karl Marx once said that religion is the opiate of the masses. Well, I took masses of opiates religiously."
Carrie Fisher is a very witty and funny storyteller.....
I saw Fisher on "The View" talking about this book - she was SO funny in the interview, I decided to buy it - VERY glad I did! She is an excellent writer, a talent she is far better known for now than her acting. I listened to portions of the book each night while falling asleep - and found myself giggling in bed. I highly recommend it!
I'm sure I could find writers to compare Carrie Fisher to but why bother? She's stand up, stand alone, honest, funny and takes no prisoners. Who else rates to be the poster child for their own DSM-IV category? Loved the book. Love her voice. And I couldn't wait for this to be a download from iTunes. I can leave home without a credit card but I NEVER leave home without my iPOD and Carrie Fisher. I mean that.