Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher

Ray got me this book for our last vacation after I expressed admiration for Fisher's humor and delivery style in an interview I saw.

The book is Fisher's first autobiography after four novels, one of which is the wildly successful Postcards From The Edge, which was turned into one of my favorite movies by the same title.

Fisher is not just a writer, but also a comedian and a pretty famous actress, thanks to her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

I thought the book was funny and interesting, especially since I didn't know Fisher was Debbie Reynolds' daughter. She recounts many interesting stories about herself, her mother, father, and others she met throughout her life.

Too bad she had to have electroshock to get relief from her bipolar condition, which literally erased a bunch of her memories, by her own account.

Unfortunately, this also seems to have resulted in a much lighter tome than one might have expected from a famous actress-writer-performer, daughter of celebrities, and with a very prolific career.

The book is not very long, is written in the largest typeface I've ever seen in what looks like double space, and is filled with many pictures. Granted, it's still a good read, but it does leave you wondering why it's so short and what got left out. Not that I'm suggesting Fisher's hiding anything. She probably just can't remember it.

Grade: 7

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