Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher once again produces a stellar volume filled with wit, charm and a little bit of craziness. This book is by no means a definitive biography of her life; instead it is a compilation of snippets and stories that she shares with the rest of us.

For example she hilariously tells the tale of her brother shooting himself in the leg with a blank and how reporters showed up on their doorstep at the crack of dawn to ask her mother, Debbie Reynolds, if it was a ploy to garner publicity for her Broadway show. How did Debbie and Carrie handle the intrusion? By making up reasons for why she shot him of course!

She tells the story of working on the first, um, I mean fourth? Star Wars film and about how to this day she can still not erase from her memory her hologram monologue.

The book isn't all rainbows and sunshine. Carrie has a serious illness. She is Bi-Polar and because of her illness she has fought with addiction her entire adult life. She begins the book raving about electroshock therapy which she has found to be her saving grace, although now she can’t remember a darn thing. She takes this new twist in her life with a grain of salt-minus the tequila now.

I remember hearing once that her relationship with her mother, the infamous Debbie Reynolds, was tenuous at best, but after reading Wishful Drinking I have no doubt that she respects, loves and admires her mother deeply.

With all of her accomplishments and set-basks she has some marvelous stories to share. This book is a very quick read, only 163 pages with lots of pictures. A fast reader can finish it in a couple of hours.

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