Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

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This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives readers an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life. Covering a broad range of topics—from never-before-heard tales of Hollywood gossip to outrageous moments of celebrity desperation; from alcoholism to illegal drug use; from the familial relationships of Hollywood royalty to scandalous run-ins with noteworthy politicians; from shock therapy to talk therapy—Carrie Fisher gives an intimate portrait of herself, and she’s one of the most indelible and powerful forces in culture at large today. Just as she has said of playing Princess Leia—“It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers”—Fisher takes readers on a no-holds-barred narrative adventure, both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.
 

About Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy. She starred in countless films, including Shampoo and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of Shockaholic; Wishful Drinking (which became a hit Broadway production); and four bestselling novels, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, History. Non-fiction

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It was like a mute button muffling the noise of my shrieking feelings.” The book ends as Fisher builds a relationship with her declining father before he passed away.

Oct 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

The Guardian

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Carrie Fisher's latest collection of wisecracks and kvetching rants is less a book than a standup comedy routine that you read while sitting down.

Nov 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Publishers Weekly

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In this funny and sad memoir, Fisher (Wishful Drinking) tackles her difficult decision to pursue ongoing electroshock therapy, an unpopular medical alternative which she lauds as a last-ditch effort to alleviate the pain of living her particular life: "I was in pain squared, pain cubed, pain to t...

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

BC Books

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Fisher’s been there, done that (and don’t remember) memoir showcases her sharp sense of the absurd.

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

BC Books

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(She admits to “blanks” at various stages throughout the volume.) In typical Fisher fashion, she finds humor in the madness: "One could argue that by having regular ECT treatments, I’m paying two – that’s right, two – electric bills.

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Examiner

After reading the chapter I wanted to confront Fisher (using Amy Poehler’s voice from her Saturday Night Live days) and ask “REALLY?” A man tells you he is letting his son share a bed with a middle-aged man who has named his home and accompanying private amusement park Neverland Ranch and you ar...

Sep 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Book Reporter

And so it goes with Carrie Fisher, the famous and rich offspring of other rich and famous people, Singing in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds and ’50s/’60s crooner Eddie Fisher.

Nov 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

AV Club

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Carrie Fisher’s second biographical book, Shockaholic, never follows through on the thin premise of its title, or much of anything else;

Jan 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

The Telegraph

Related Articles Carrie Fisher in pictures Fisher gives the world famous pop singer the benefit of the doubt throughout a rather tepid account of their friendship: Jackson's motives were "innocent" she insists.

Nov 29 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Pajiba

I thought the photos of all the tabloid magazine covers of her family were fascinating - more respectful than today's tabs, but still invasive and sad, the way she and her brother were there on the covers with stories about their parents and Liz.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In her new book, "Shockaholic," Hollywood's new poor little rich girl - acknowledging an insatiable fascination with herself - continues her tour down the rabbit hole of Crazy Town, sparking us through brightly lit secret corridors while twisting self-deprecation into an art form.

Nov 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

The Sydney Morning Herald

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The Sydney Morning Herald

''Now that was odd but given that the paedophile stuff hadn't happened yet, kind of sweet.'' Even stranger, her dentist, Evan Chandler, brags that his young son, Jordan, is sleeping with the star and later sues him, settling for $US22 million.

Apr 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Seattle PI

"Puff Daddy," as she nicknamed him (Fisher had an affinity for marijuana, and a photo of him lighting up is classic), reentered his daughter's life late in the game, and she paints a picaresque portrait of the man she never got to know as a child, but with whom she developed a close relationship ...

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Shockaholic

Zimbio

Book Review: Shockaholic by Carrie FisherSeattle Post Intelligencer (blog)… a long-ago and far-away Star Wars incarnation), reprises her riff on an often surreal life as child of Hollywood stars, '50s sweethearts Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, in an anecdotal memoir that could have been...

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TheCoastRider.net

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