Title: Wishful Drinking
Author: Carrie Fisher
Pages: 178 Pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” 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 and weathering the wild ride of manic depression.
It’s an incredible tale: from having Elizabeth Taylor as a stepmother, to marrying (and divorcing) Paul Simon, and 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.
Carrie Fisher’s star-studded career included roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She was the author of four bestselling novels, Surrender in the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Carrie’s experience with addiction and mental illness – and her willingness to talk honestly about them – made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate. She was truly one of the most magical people to walk among us.
If I am honest, I have never really paid much attention to Carrie Fisher. Sure, I knew who she was, I had seen Star Wars and I love When Harry Met Sally and that random episode of Sex and the City that she had a cameo in. Oh and she was also in a really funny episode of The Big Bang Theory but Carrie Fisher was someone who I genuinely didn’t really think about.
However, when her book Wishful Drinking was discounted on Kindle one day and I thought to myself “Why not give it a read?” I bought it and man I am really glad I did. After reading it I come to the realisation that I really wish that I had paid more attention to Carrie Fisher before she had died. She was so funny. I laughed out loud to her witty and brutally honest accounts of drug abuse and her “normal” Hollywood upbringing.
Even if, like me, you are not a fan of the Star Wars franchise this book is still a brilliant and engaging read. With direct comments to the reader Carrie Fisher, even whilst being dead, makes you feel like you are her friend and having a conversation. She makes you feel like part of her story. It is reasons like this that you cannot deny her talent.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher is available now.
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