Title: Wishful Drinking
Author: Carrie Fisher
Release Date: December 2, 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Memoir, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the dust jacket:
Finally, after four hit novels, Carrie Fisher comes clean (well, sort of ) with the crazy truth that is her life in her first-ever memoir. In Wishful Drinking, adapted from her one-woman stage show, Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of “Hollywood in-breeding,” come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.
Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It’s an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty — Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher — homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating) Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.
Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. Entertainment Weekly declared it “drolly hysterical” and the Los Angeles Times called it a “Beverly Hills yard sale of juicy anecdotes.” This is Carrie Fisher at her best — revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humor.
When I first picked up Wishful Drinking, I was expecting a memoir by a troubled actress who reached her celebrity peak with three old but beloved movies. What I got was entirely different.
Wishful Drinking is actually based on Carrie Fisher’s stand-up show of the same name. While I knew going into the book that Carrie Fisher had a successful show that seemed to be pretty funny, I had no idea that the book was from similar material. As a result, if you saw the show, the book would simply be a repeat. Additionally, I think the book would be a lot funnier in person – I can imagine how it would make a hilarious stand-up show. Still, it was a funny memoir.
If you are looking for juicy gossip about the filming of Star Wars, Wishful Drinking would probably be a disappointment. There is only one short chapter devoted to these films. Instead, it is a reflection on Carrie’s eventful, often crazy life, which was made up of much more than these movies. I learned a lot about her while still being thoroughly entertained.
If you don’t have a chance to see Carrie Fisher’s stand-up show, but want to know more about her, then I recommend Wishful Drinking. While this isn’t the typical dishy celebrity memoir, this extremely quick read will definitely leave you laughing!