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Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
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May 10, 2012

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bookshelves: alcoholism, autobiography
Recommended for: alcoholics, codependents, fans
Read from May 07 to 10, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I can believe that this book was writing in conjunction with a one-woman show. It's choppy and jumps a bit, and sometimes loops around to continue the same story two or three vignettes later. In doing so, however, it's more like curling up with a friend who has recently started having breakthroughs with therapy and feels the need to talk her realizations out so that she can gain better insight on them. It's indulgent as all hell, but it's obvious that's the point.

I am appalled and sorry that severe memory loss is part of the reason why Fischer is writing down so much of what she can remember, though her take on what she can remember is fairly amusing. Her patter occasionally sounds like Joan Rivers stand-up routines: "I mean, can we talk, people?!?" If you like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like.

Don't be fooled by the Princess Leia cover: this book is about Carrie Fischer and her family. Anyone who is looking for tons of anecdotes about all the wacky, drugged experiences Fischer had on the "Star Wars" sets is going to be sorely disappointed. She mentions more about her relationship with Paul Simon than she does about the Lucas trilogy. This book is also not an in-depth critique of 12-step or any other recovery program. It's an attractively packaged diary spruced up for humoring an audience.

It's also an incredibly fast read. Had I been determined, I could have read it in a day and still had time to start another book. I am not a fast reader: I rarely allot myself the luxury to read all day, as that feels overly decadent. Yet, I was tempted to do so with Wishful Drinking just because it was an easily attainable goal. I was over 60% of the way through the book within four hours of downloading it.

If you want to know more about the woman who wrote Postcards from the Edge, I can recommend this book. Otherwise, well, I can't imagine that it'd be life-changing. It would be a decent and really quick read to pick up in an airport, though.
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Shawn Miles your review was so compelling now I want to read it. :)

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