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Sara's Review: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher


PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio

NARRATOR: carrie fisher

RELEASED: December 11, 2008

GENRE: biographies & memoirs

LENGTH: 3 hours and 8 minutes

FORMAT: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audible







In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabres." Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions. It's an incredible tale - from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, from having the father of her daughter leave her for a man, to ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.


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.

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