The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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Those looking for details about the filming of the Star Wars movies or Fisher's affair should look elsewhere, but those who want to understand the dynamics and personality of a young woman thrust into unexpected stardom and how that shaped the woman she has become will find plenty to ponder here.
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Synopsis

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.   * Named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016  *A New York Times Bestseller *
 
“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” premieres on HBO in January 2017.


When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes.  Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.
 

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 22, 2016 by Blue Rider Press. 267 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Dec 06 2016

Those looking for details about the filming of the Star Wars movies or Fisher's affair should look elsewhere, but those who want to understand the dynamics and personality of a young woman thrust into unexpected stardom and how that shaped the woman she has become will find plenty to ponder here.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Maya Gittelman on Nov 28 2016

This is a moving, beautiful and sincerely incisive work. She’s so much fun, and so much more human than any of us (except probably her dog, Gary Fisher) can begin to imagine. I’m so grateful for this authentic, brave book.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Anthony Breznican on Dec 21 2016

There isn’t a lot of insight into the character or the creation of a movie that means so much to so many, but there’s tremendous insight into the volatile heart of a young woman, seen through the eyes of her wiser, older self still seeking her place in the universe.

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Booklist Online

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Reviewed by Ilene Cooper on Mar 26 2017

Also of interest are the musings of the latter-day Fisher, who it can be said, saw her life set in concrete by the role of Princess Leia. In some ways, this compact book makes a mountain out of a mole hill. But what a mole hill.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Barbara Vancheri on Jan 08 2017

...if the previously reported revelations about Ms. Fisher’s long-ago affair with Harrison Ford weren’t reason enough, “The Princess Diarist” now is must reading for any fan of the space opera or the actress-writer known for her Hollywood history, witty wordplay, self-deprecating humor and candor.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by J.D. BIERSDORFER on Nov 29 2016

“The Princess Diarist” may not be the jolly trip down memory lane some fans are looking for. But like her 19-year-old self, Carrie Fisher doesn’t hold back on how she feels about life inside the “Star Wars” industrial complex — and that’s ultimately more interesting...

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Mail Online

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Reviewed by Associated Press on Dec 12 2016

...Fisher, who accepts that she will be known as Princess Leia until the end of time, lets the reader down...However, many "Star Wars" fans will read this book anyway or likely did so the instant it appeared.

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Fangirl

Above average
Reviewed by Kay on Dec 21 2016

I honestly wondered where the book was going in the beginning and if it was going to be more about her current thoughts on that period of her life instead of what she was writing back then. But after an unsure start, everything starts to flow and it all makes sense.

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Philly.com

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Reviewed by Meredith Woerner on Dec 23 2016

What Fisher has penned is a bold and deeply personal story from the lens of one of the few women on the Star Wars set.

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Reviewed by Anthony Breznican on Dec 21 2016

There isn’t a lot of insight into the character or the creation of a movie that means so much to so many, but there’s tremendous insight into the volatile heart of a young woman, seen through the eyes of her wiser, older self still seeking her place in the universe.

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