044: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

(2) Wishful DrinkingTitle: Wishful Drinking
Author: Carrie Fisher
Stars: ★★★★★

Blurb: 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.


“…I heard someone once say that we’re only as sick as our secrets. If that’s true, then this book will go a long way to rendering me amazingly well.”

God, I miss Carrie Fisher so much.

Wishful Drinking is an amazingly funny book despite the topics that Carrie discuses aren’t funny at all. If I’d had to write about similar things then my book wouldn’t be as joyful, but then again, I’m not Carrie Fisher.

The book itself is very short but I feel that was because it was adapted from her stage show and not because she’d ran out of things to say.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the book as I think it should be one of those books that everyone reads but it’s such an amazing book that you should go and pick it up today! (It’s only 99p on Kindle!)

Overall, possible pick for favourite book read this year.

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