Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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8 Critic Reviews

“Wishful Drinking,” however, grew out of a one-woman standup act, and it shows. The book is pretty slight, padded out with big type, extra space between the lines and some family photographs, and it displays at times an almost antic need to entertain.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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. 178 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Wishful Drinking
All: 8 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 03 2008

With acerbic precision and brash humor, she writes of struggling with and enjoying aspects of her alcoholism, drug addiction and mental breakdowns. Her razor-sharp observations about celebrity, addiction and sexuality demand to be read aloud to friends.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Charles McGrath on Jan 01 2009

“Wishful Drinking,” however, grew out of a one-woman standup act, and it shows. The book is pretty slight, padded out with big type, extra space between the lines and some family photographs, and it displays at times an almost antic need to entertain.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Nov 26 2008

Her stories bubble, bounce, ?and careen with an energy as loose as the jauntiness ?in The Best Awful was tight. Get someone to read this rollicking book aloud to you — then trade off and you play Leia — and it’s a cinch to picture the dynamic monologuist on stage, marveling at how she came to be Carrie Fisher...

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The Telegraph

Above average
Reviewed by Lynn Barber on Dec 11 2008

She has a wonderful self-deprecating wit and total lack of self-pity – there is none of the I Will Survive grandiosity one expects from Hollywood memoirs.

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Pajiba

Below average
Reviewed by Jeremy Feist on Feb 15 2010

Now, it's not that any of these stories are boring, or that she's not a good writer (the fact that her book, Postcards from the Edge, was adapted into an Academy Award winning movie has proven this), it's just that she doesn't really add much else to the story.

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Tampa Bay Times

Above average
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Dec 20 2008

Wishful Drinking is looser in structure than Fisher's fine Hollywood novel Postcards From the Edge, but she's a born raconteur, so the stories roll along even when the time line gets loopy. She's cheerfully profane and occasionally sexually explicit; a few of her wisecracks probably play well in a stage show but don't do much on the page.

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The Express Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Sameen Amer on Sep 14 2011

...the book makes for a quick, mostly fun read, and you’re likely to enjoy it, especially if you’re a Carrie Fisher fan, although those expecting a thorough, full-length autobiography are likely to be disappointed.

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http://thejc.com

Above average
Reviewed by Alan Montague on Dec 23 2008

...Fisher has two things going for her that make this sensibly brief book one of the less tedious examples of the genre. One, she’s funny...Her other advantage is that when it comes to names to drop, she has some really big ones.

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