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, ...Show synopsisIn "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 19.Hide synopsis
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Very truthful and honest writing about her mental illness. It is evident that her inner strength, her sense of humor, her daughter and her mom, Debbie Reynolds , all have helped her on the road to recovery.
I really wish this book was longer! I love her sense of humor, and laughed out loud so many times. While she does ramble, and gets a little off topic, it's like the reader is on a roller coaster with her.
This book, written by an obviously intelligent and humorous writer, is disappointing because of its flippancy. Carrie Fisher, child of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, has such an interesting story to tell, but there's the sense that if it was told in a down-to-earth and earnest way, the reader might disappear. The bizarre incident of a beloved, gay, male friend dying beside her during the night, is never really told. We don't know what she thought, how she reacted, how she got through the police interview that would have been mandatory, or the Coroner's findings.
And only the merest gleanings of incidents in her childhood are dwelt upon. Debbie Reynolds' clothes closet gets a bit more space, as does Carrie's bipolar condition, but the 'meat' of her story is sadly missing. Which is a pity, because her wit is sparkling. Yet the whole book reads like a script of memorable 'one-liners', and can be read in a day.
The photos of Debbie and Eddie in the '50's are fascinating, as is the glimpse we get of Harry Karl, step-father. But although it's evident this author has it in her to write a 'gutsy', sincere and engrossing book, this is not it. Maybe next time.
This is my first Carrie Fisher book and what a great book !!! She shares her life from childhood to the present with remarkable courage. The most rewarding to the reader is her wonderful sense of humor which is sprinkled throughout. If you enjoy laughing out loud, then I suggest this book.
Jupiter, her new fan
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