Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean (well, sort of) in her first-ever memoir, adapted from her one-woman Broadway hit 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.

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 December 2, 2008 by Simon & Schuster. 177 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Fisher's larger-than-life personality shines through as she performs her raucous memoir with all the panache of the standup routine that inspired the book. Her comedic talents are on full disp

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The New York Times

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The title of Carrie Fisher’s funny, sardonic little memoir is a bit misleading.

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BC Books

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Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher’s new Carrie Fisher seminar at L.A.’s Geffen Theatre (through December 23), is a non-fiction take on the life that inspired her roman à clef Postcards from the Edge.

Nov 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking


If it wasn’t for the fact that he was involved in a two love triangles (first with Reynolds & Taylor, and then Taylor & Richard Burton) AND the fact that Carrie Fisher and her half sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher (their mother is Connie Stevens) are in the entertainment biz, I doubt ...

Dec 06 2010 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking

The Telegraph

It's a bit unclear why this book is called Wishful Drinking when drinking seems to be the least of Carrie Fisher's problems – in fact she barely mentions it.

Dec 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking


Anyway, in Wishful Drinking, Fisher delves into her past, retelling stories about gay men dying in her bed, Hollywood inbreeding, growing up on Broadway, becoming a Pez dispenser, marrying/divorcing Paul Simon, bipolarity and electro-convulsive therapy, getting an intervention from Cary Grant and...

Feb 15 2010 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking

Tampa Bay Times

Fisher was born into show biz in 1956, the first child of perky blond screen star Debbie Reynolds and bedroom-eyed crooner Eddie Fisher.

Dec 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking


Eddie Fisher flew to Taylor’s side, “gradually making his way to her front.” Taylor soon ditched Eddie Fisher for Richard Burton, but “my father was never alone for long,” Fisher says, recounting his string of marriages.

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The Express Tribune

Based on her one-woman stage show, the book offers the post-electroshock therapy recollection of the actress’s journey, from being the product of “Hollywood inbreeding” — she is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher (who left his wife for his best friend Mike Todd’s wido...

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Credit Carrie Fisher with giving her bumpy childhood and thrill-ride years as an adult a comedic and cogent form.

Nov 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Wishful Drinking

Talkin' Broadway

The double-bun wig and the metal bikini may be long gone, but a few glimmers of a princess still live within Carrie Fisher.

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