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.
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I thought the story was okay. I was interested in knowing more about Carrie Fisher since I knew next to nothing. Her narration felt like she was talking to me as if almost in conversation.
although clearly the basis for a show, it reads or sounds like a personal dialogue to the listener. The humour is biting and leaves one unable to prevent spontaneous laughter which isn't always convenient when listening in public places. Superb book.
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I really enjoyed this book and the wit Carrie Fisher had.
I loved this audiobook and hearing it from Carrie Fisher herself made it that much more! It's short but sweet, and made me laugh throughout. Definitely worth while and left me feeling like I wish it was longer! Listen to this book!
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
I never paid much attention to Carrie Fisher, as I grew up in the Debbie Reynolds era. But, after they both died in December, I saw an old interview of both of them with Oprah on TV. I fell in love with Carrie on the spot. Her droll delivery, and her dark sense of humor really appealed to me.
This book talks about many dark subjects, but I laughed all the way through it. I loved the parts about her's parents many spouses, the whole Eddie-Debbie split, the Hollywood life style, etc. It's no wonder she got hooked on drugs and alcohol and was bi-polar. Despite all that, she came through it, shared the experience with the world, and I think, made the world a better place.
The book is a bit repetitious in parts, and drags a bit in other parts, but overall I loved it.
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.
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