Freelance theatrical designer in Chicago - listening to books while I paint has become my new favorite hobby!
Yes, and I probably will. Carrie Fischer is a uniquely genuine person who isn't afraid to talk about the hard stuff, and is willing to use her celebrity to bring attention to issues we often prefer not to talk about. In this book, it's mental illness. Particularly her own diagnosis of manic depression: how it feeds her addiction and has altered her life. It's an incredible story of a survivor, and it's all true.
I think towards the end of the book she points out that people who live with mental illness, with manic depression, should not be pushed to the side but should be given a medal of honor for finding a way, daily, to keep going when their brain is literally putting insurmountable obstacles in their path. Though of course she says it more succinctly and powerfully.
I don't have a particular favorite, but I laughed out loud. Numerous times.
Yes. But I did it in three.
Carrie Fischer is such a unique presence because she has this fantastic ability to step back from what can only be considered an extraordinary life and look at all the events, people and circumstances (both internal and external) that have shaped who she is. And then uses that ability to open up to others because, as she says, the worst thing is thinking that you are alone in the world. And there are always other people like you, feeling the things you feel, and to find your community will give you strength to keep going. Perhaps I am too much of a fan-girl, but I think to choose to spend your time and energy to make sure others (less famous than you) are never pushed to the side is a wonderful act of love. Not to mention this book is a comedic gem. I laughed out loud more than once and the stories of her relationship with her mom (Debbie Reynolds) are simply a delight. I cannot recommend this book enough - you will feel all the feels (no, really, all of them) and have a opportunity to revel in the incredible gift we had in Carrie Fischer.
S. A. Williams
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.
Not all audiobooks 'translate', I've needed to purchase some audiobooks to really get into the material. However, Fisher is a MUST-HEAR experience. She brings the material, images, and meaning to life in her vibrant reading of her book. Thank you!
I listened to this at work. I do not recommend this, however. I was laughing so hard but trying to be quiet so I didn't disturb anyone. My face turned bright red and water was leaking from my eyes. It is a little sad in places due to Carrie and Debbie being gone. Need a good laugh? Listen...
Stay at home mom who loves to read in my spare time. Love Stephen King, the classics and am open to trying something new.
I could relate to alot of what she said bout mental illness and absent fathers.
I really enjoyed Carrie's direct and sincere account of her three and a half problems. Her candid descriptions of mental illness should be shared. She is a hero.