Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

by Carrie Fisher
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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439153802
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 48,874
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) 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.

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Wishful Drinking 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 256 reviews.
maxwellj72 More than 1 year ago
It's a good 160-ish page book, but would have been a GREAT 320-ish page book. What Carrie has to say is, well, Carrie, which is to say funny, biting and real, but I just wanted her to say a lot more.
Amanda_P More than 1 year ago
An inspiring story of surving drink and drug addictions set against the backdrop of Hollywood. Very entertaining. Some funny parts. Some sad parts. Overall a great read.
jessie2 More than 1 year ago
Had some funny moments, but it only took me 45 of those moments to finish this book. A little too pricey for the material and the time it took to read. Save your money and wait for the paperback or buy it on ebay.
Skari More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about Wishful Drinking, I enjoyed it for the most part, and I love Carrie Fisher, but I feel a little cheated. First, to get the technical stuff out of the way, I bought this as a digital book, and at 84 'pages', 10 dollars felt like a lot of money to pay for it. The actual hardcover is something like 124 pages, so I'm not sure if there were a crap ton of pictures left out or what, but that's a fairly big difference. There Were pictures in it, but I haven't yet compared the book to my digital copy to see what was missing. The stories were good, but there was a lot of detail and context missing, whether because she couldn't remember it or because she wanted to leave it out. Fair enough, either way. It was funny, but vague.
Eviesmom More than 1 year ago
It was an easy, quick read, finished the whole book in about 2 hrs. It was neat to have a look into Carrie's life a bit and see why she had issues adjusting to "normal" life but it wasn't very thought provoking. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got the book so I can't say I was dissapointed, but wish I had borrowed it from the library rather than purchasing it.
RNS More than 1 year ago
Where Terri Cheney describes in her book -- Manic: A Memoir -- her depression, electroshock therapy and use of prescription drugs and alcohol in a serious, heartbreaking manner, Carrie Fisher's book -- Wishful Drinking -- recounts many similar experiences from more of a "been-there, done-that" survivor's perspective. Fisher's inside stories of being the daughter of glamour couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, her marriage to folk-rock icon Paul Simon, being Princess Leia of Star Wars fame, learning that her husband and father of her daughter is gay, and dealing with being manic-depressive, bipolar and drug issues, is told in an honest, straight-forward and hilarious manner. We've all -- whether we live in Kansas or Beverly Hills -- had weird, strange disasters to befall us. It's just part of being human. And, while the event may seem like the end of the world to us at the time they occur, years later they become just another funny story we tell to our best friends to share a laugh with. This is that sort of book, only Carrie Fisher has had more weird, strange events happen to her than most of the rest of us would in five lifetimes! I loved the feeling of being privy to know what it's like to grow up in Beverly Hills, to learn what she thought of having such wealthy and famous parents. To hear the inside-stories of her father, ex-husband and George Lucas' owning her image from Star Wars' to make money off pez despensers, posters and a wide variety of other odds and ends. At some point, a lot of us who deal with trying to live in such a crazy world decide to either give up and be angry at life forever, or -- and it's a choice I admire and believe in myself -- we just squeeze the lemons in our life dry, add sugar (and more than a bit of humor) and make lemonade. Bravo Carrie ! Good job, great lemonade ! R. Neil Scott Middle Tennessee State University
MonopolyLlama More than 1 year ago
I found Carrie Fisher's biography to be quite entertaining albeit hard to follow at certain points. Her style of writing is to insert random details of her life all over the place with very little thought as to how to put them together. Granted, this could be because of the ECT, but my mother said she has read Postcards from the Edge, and that it had a similar writing style. Luckily for Ms. Fisher, this style works for her story, and keeps you entertain as you waft through the folds of her brain and discover what its like to be Hollywood 'royalty'
PetorThird More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a "break" from the mind-absorbing self-help read. I stumbled upon her book in B&N. I had heard of Carrie's struggles through various media outlets, but never got the scoop. The reviews/feedback got the best of me to get the book....and I'm very happy I did! Carrie's blunt and comical writing style just drew me in to find out more about her and her journey through life up to now. It's a short read so there aren't any wayward paths she wanders down. She keeps it simple and to the point on her feelings and the events transpired. It makes me want to hear more about her "secrets" and want even MORE to find the opportunity to check out Wishful Drinking, the show. Any Carrie Fisher viewer/fan from any of her movies will enjoy IMO.
CherylS240 More than 1 year ago
I bought the audio book version because I have a long daily commute and like to listen to books instead of the radio and because I really like Carrie Fisher and admire all she's managed to accomplish in her life despite being bi-polar. But I thought, for the most part, this book was a non-event. Mostly just boring. Carrie Fisher's narration seemed an awful lot like watching a student overact in a high school play. Too emphatic in places like she was trying to cue the listener to the fact that "here comes a funny part." Perhaps it would have been better to read it than to listen to it. I just expected more.
MarieSoSweet More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a really good read although it might have been less humorous than I expected it to be. It doesn't have much detail and it's a bit rushed but it doesn't disappoint. Surprisingly, It leaves you with a sense of accomplishment in having read the book because she goes through all the stages of her life. You could probably read this in two and a half hours so don't expect anything grand.
Badkitty2 More than 1 year ago
This is a good beginning of a very funny & entertaining book.....b/c it is only 87 pages long. It is hard to believe that someone who seems to like to talk so much has written so little and call it a book. It's not worth the $10.99 I paid to read it. Some of the 87 pages have one small picture or a few lines written on the page. So it's actually shorter than 87 pages. Maybe one day she will find the time to write the rest of the book....and I for one will be glad to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand this is biography of Carrie's life but it was so all over the place that I found it hard to understand what the book was letting us know about her. It didn't seem to follow any sort of timeline and felt like she was taking you on a journey of her mixed-up, all over the place mind. I was definately expecting more.
Jessica_Alvarado More than 1 year ago
I wasn't surprised to notice that the drunken figure on the cover has the tightly knotted "cinnamon bun" hairstyle of Princess Leia. It is, without a doubt, Carrie Fisher's claim to fame. Thankfully, this book doesn't waste too much time discussing her role in the Star Wars films as that was only a few years of her interesting life. What can I say about her life, now that I've read the book? She has certainly had her share of drinking and drug problems. I also found that her personal preoccupations are given with a raw power and sharp edge that you see in her fiction, especially her debut novel, Postcards from the Edge. A worthy read.

And I know it's a bit early, but I'm a member of the media and can't resist sharing an INCREDIBLE new memoir that I received an pre-publication copy, called I Love Yous Are for White People: A Memoir (P.S.). I quite literally laughed and cried while I read it, and I think many more will do the same when it's released in a few months.

And my favorite non-fiction book of late is The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book.
Anonymous 4 months ago
She may be bi-polar but that doesn't slow her down. The book is filled with witty one liners and sharp jabs that will make you laugh out loud.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, infact I read it in (shhhh!) In Barnes N Noble while waiting for my daughter. I kept turning the pages laughing and never wantimg it end. She was a brillaint writer, and will be missed. I will forever love you Carrie!!!!!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I purchased this during a Thanksgiving Black Friday sale, a month before her untimely death.  It was the first memoir I’ve every purchased and I was hoping it contained a lot of behind the scenes stories about Star Wars.  There were a few but mainly the stories are of her life and the fact that she has a mental illness.  The story starts with, how she has lost a lot of her memories due to electroshock therapy and having to battle severe depression and bipolar disorder.  I’m like wait, hold the phone!  Mental illness isn’t something to joke about and I honestly didn’t realize she struggled so much with bipolar disorder. I knew she was into drugs but didn’t realize the rest.  I just idolized her as Princess Leia.  But then I grew up on Star Wars.    The book isn’t laid out in any type of a cohesive flow and it just seems like she jumped from one thought to the next.  And I kept thinking wow is that how her mind works?  There were some funny moments and it was interesting to get a peek at her life. I just wish it wasn’t so all over the place. 
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Carrie Fisher pens an entertaining look at her life in Hollywood with “Wishful Drinking.” Filled with ups and downs, Carrie takes the reader on a journey through life heartfelt humor.   Fisher starts with a look at her parents and takes the reader though her journey of adolescence. She talks about the impact of Star Wars on her life, reoccurring themes in her life, her loves, her loses, drug use, and how her bipolar diagnosis has affected her life.   Fisher reveals that she wrote “Wishful Drinking” to reclaim what was left of her former life. Her writing style is easy to read and sincere. The novel is filled with humor and honesty.  I felt like a welcomed friends as I read her memoir.   Fisher shares pictures and tidbits of her life which is a true delight for the reader.   “Wishful Drinking” is a heartfelt memoir, deserving of Carrie’s fans. I picked up the book when I heard Fisher had a cardiac episode and I’m so glad I got to her before she passed away.  This is Carrie Fisher, raw, honest, sincere, candid, and the princess of our hearts.  I highly recommend this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every minute of being in that crazy woman's head!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She told a lot of stories that needed to be told. Mental illness is not shameful to have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carrie Fisher is a great writer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, harsh, and bi-polar. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough said
32aimehob More than 1 year ago
What a sharp sense of humor - A+ Carrie's life was amusingly well explained and believable. The revealing story and honesty was appreciated and made the book a fantastic read. This book among the 40 + nook books that I have read gets a rating as my second best Nook Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choppy