13 March 2009

And now for a quick read...

3. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (4/5)

Made me laugh. This among other things:
When I was little--about seven, I guess--I remember getting in the car with my mother when she picked me up from school and telling her I'd seen the word "fuck" written on the handball court at the playground and I wanted to know what it meant.

And she said, "I'll have to tell you later, dear--when I can draw you diagrams." Well, needless to say "later" never came and neither did--I'm sorry to report--those promised diagrams. Which is a shame, really, because I think they would've come in pretty handy from time to time.
I knew some of her family history: daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, parents divorced when Eddie left for Elizabeth Taylor, but it's so much crazier than that, as are many events in her life. Much of it could be seen as tragic, but Carrie finds the humor in it all, even drug addiction and electroconvulsive therapy for bipolar disorder.

She writes in a breezy conversational tone, not surprising as the book is based on her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking--a show I'd love to see. I read nearly all of the book in one day because the second time I picked it up, I just couldn't put it down. Lots of photos as well.

Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of hers, humorous crazy anecdotes, famous Hollywood families, celebrity memoirs, Star Wars trivia; or if you're interested in first person accounts of manic-depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and their treatments. It hit for me on multiple counts, so I really enjoyed it.

P.S. She blogs, what more could you want?

2 years ago on TTaT: The add-on


  1. I have always wondered what her books are like! I will have to check it out. Sounds humorous!

  2. Thanks for mentioning this too, I will most likely read it.