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Wishful Drinking | [Carrie Fisher]

Wishful Drinking

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 sabers."
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Publisher's Summary

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 sabers."

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.

©2008 Delinquence, Inc.; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    Theodora Dallas, Texas 12-03-09
    Theodora Dallas, Texas 12-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Wishfull Drinking"

    Not long enough. Very funny. Makes you laugh out loud.

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    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
    Julie Sacramento, CA, USA 05-30-09
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    "Life is tragic and as funny as hell."

    I've loved all of Carrie Fisher's work. This is laugh-out loud funny especially because she is reading it. Her version of her mother's (Debbie Reynolds) voice is worth the price of the book. But most of all, what I've taken from all of Fisher's writing is that you need to see the humor in pain and tragedy in order to get through it. Her life is testament to this--and there's not an ounce of self-pity.

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    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09
    Linda Ericson Fort Morgan, CO USA 02-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "the woman is close to genius."

    laugh out loud hilarious. I had no idea she was so funny. I can't imagine why anyone would not enjoy this...maybe other folks were hoping for something more princess Leiah? I am not a huge Star Wars fan, not that I hate it. anyhow, my other comic faves have included David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Paula Poundstone, Sarah Silverman.

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 02-03-09
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 02-03-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Witty, hilarious listen!"

    Just the most ironic, laugh-out-loud, authentic-sounding memoir I've read in a long time. The artist formerly known as Princess Leia lays out rolicking wit similar in flat, deadpan delivery to David Sedaris. Provided in a raspy, too-many-cigarettes voice, Carrie Fisher's narrative of her trip through lala land is a stunner.

    A must listen!

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    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
    Kathryn Ashburnham, MA, USA 01-15-09
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    "Very enjoyable. I recommed it."

    I wanted to go to Carrie's theatre presentation of Wishful Drinking, but couldn't. This did the trick for me.

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    Chetan 05-31-14
    Chetan 05-31-14 Member Since 2013

    So many books, so little time!

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    "HIGHLY recommend this laugh out loud book."
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    What a great story and Carrie's narration was perfect! Well done Ms. Fisher!


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    Erin Davis Spokane, WA, US 05-27-14
    Erin Davis Spokane, WA, US 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book! Hilarious Reading"
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    I loved Carrie Fisher's reading. Hearing her laugh at her own writing was the best part....and there were so many parts that made her chuckle...


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her different tones and inflection based on the content. She yells when necessary or laughs or whatever when necessary and it makes the book so much better than if I were to have read it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to have heard a bit more about her Bipolar Diagnosis as I had heard this book was more tailored to, but overall I did enjoy the book thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Early 30s Girl Kensington, Australia 07-14-13
    Early 30s Girl Kensington, Australia 07-14-13
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    "I love Carrie Fisher"

    Her writing is humorous and engaging and her narration is wonderful. I wished it were longer!

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    Michelle Jensen Beach, FL, United States 07-10-13
    Michelle Jensen Beach, FL, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Crazy person in traffic"
    What did you love best about Wishful Drinking?

    Carrie Fisher's humor was non stop - her self deprecating 1 liners had me in tears. I know people at the stop lights were looking at me wondering what was wrong with me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wishful Drinking?

    When she was referring to Lucas owning the "rights" to the Princess Leia likeliness - and referred to her cosmic regions.


    What does Carrie Fisher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-24-13
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!

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    "Carrie Fisher is more than 'Princess Leia'."
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    I really didn't know anything about Carrie Fisher other than 'Princess Leia', so I was surprised by her dry wit, honesty, and ability to laugh at herself and her whole (mostly pathetically sad) life. This has definitely made me want to seek out more of her books. I found myself laughing out loud throughout. A jewel of a book. Well worth the listen.

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