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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  63,863 ratings  ·  6,951 reviews
In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little 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 hai ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 163 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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When the original Star Wars trilogy came out, I was too young to have nurtured any grotty, pubescent fantasies about Princess Leia (though I guess by the time of Return of the Jedi, I was old enough to be confusedly excited by those harem scenes with Jabba the Hutt). But now that I’ve read Wishful Drinking, I kind of want Carrie Fisher for my girlfriend. Except that she’s my mother’s age. And she’s a recovering alcoholic/drug addict with bipolar disorder and a lavishly messed-up family. Other th ...more
Cristina Monica
Jul 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Carrie Fisher's ever-present sarcasm rubbed me the wrong way. It was entertaining in the beginning but does one need to be sarcastic 24/7 to be funny? NO. I especially don't recommend the audiobook. Also, while this is shocking at times, it is not very insightful or meaningful. But, well, R.I.P. Carrie Fisher.
Elyse  Walters
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook - Library Overdrive- I downloaded this on a whim - it was available. I think this is the shortest Audiobook I’ve ever listened to - yet many topics are covered.

There was a lot I didn’t know - including that Carrie Fisher was married - not long - to Paul Simon.
Actually there was a lot I didn’t know — I didn’t follow any news about Princess Leia from Star Wars. I knew nothing about her childhood - her absent father - her history with drugs - her history with a variety of psychiatrists
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Turning to the first of her short memoirs, I was faced with some of Carrie Fisher's most interesting sentiments and humorous anecdotes detailing a life about which I knew very little. Fisher adds as an opening disclaimer that she underwent electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), which erased some of her past memories, so things within these pages might not be as clear or succinct as their actual occurrences. Born in the worst possible situation, the offspring of two Hollywood stars, Carrie Fisher foun ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This book is (more or less) the written version of Carrie Fisher's stage production "Wishful Drinking."

Carrie Fisher's stage show 'Wishful Drinking'

Carrie is probably best known for her role as the beautiful, intrepid 'Princess Leia" in the Star Wars movies. Carrie was 19 when the first movie filmed and - perhaps coincidentally - this was when the actress transitioned from habitually smoking pot to using hallucinogens and opiates.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

In time Carrie became a d
Jason Koivu
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobiography
Like most boys popping wood for the first time in the late '70s and early '80s, I had a "healthy" interest in Princess Leia Carrie Fisher.


Later in life, whenever I've seen one of her books on the shelves, I'd think about possibly reading it, out of interest for what she might have to say regarding those iconic Star Wars movies. I even gave a little shit about what she's been up to since then. Call it a passing fancy, one that I've passed up time and again for year upon year, right up until rece
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
WISHFUL DRINKING is a short, but interesting memoir surrounding Carrie Fisher's life growing up in a celebrity household, (parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher) her addictions, electroshock therapy, bipolar disorder and after effects of playing Princess Leia in the epic STAR WARS saga.

Written with sarcastic humor and wit, gotta give her credit for laying it all out there, and persevering to overcome her demons.

Just ok for me.

Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
The sad thing about this book is that my favorite part was the cover. I mean, that's a brilliant cover!

But overall? Not the book I was hoping for. Fisher seems to have mostly transcribed her one-woman show, and the problem is, what works for a performance doesn't hold up very well as a book. Everything's sort of glossed over with self-deprecating jokes, and there's not a real sense of narrative or much in the way of self-reflection. I didn't really want a celebrity tell-all, but I would really b
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Carrie Fisher; she was an icon of my youth. She was also smart, funny, and courageous.

Her death saddened me so much. She should have had years ahead of her. She (and we) were deprived of her wit and intelligence. Her witness to surviving mental illness and addiction.

I read this book in honor of her and to feel her presence again. The book is as funny, poignant, and funny as you would expect. It read like lightening and was over too soon.

Just like Carrie Fisher's life.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious! Of course I know Carrie Fisher from her Star Wars fame and knew she had written some books. But I had no clue how funny she was. Her writing is so casual—especially listening to the audiobook which she narrates, it feels like a close friend telling you stories of her life—but she has a depth and sophistication which is unmatched by many celebrity memoirs. I wish this had been ten times as long! I could listen to her for hours and hours. Definitely going to check out more of her books, ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biog-or-memoir
Carrie Fisher, as in Princess Leia from Star Wars, as in daughter of Debbie Reynolds (Singin' in the Rain etc.) recounts her life story in a disjointed manic but entertaining fashion, taking no prisoners when it comes to talking about her alcoholism, drug abuse and her treatments for being bipolar; yet I found this book a wonderful read; which is proven by the fact that it was turned into a hugely successful off-Broadway one-woman show by Fisher. Oh, and yes, she does mention Star Wars. Recommen ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Wishful Drinking seems like it should be a story that wallows in sadness, but luckily it has a good balance of honesty and humor and breaks through the glamor of the acting world to share the story of a young single mother (who might be better recognized as Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise) coping with alcoholism and mental illness in a world where such things are generally frowned upon. This is the kind of memoir that really sticks with you after you've read it, it isn't too self-indu ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Do you have a friend, who no matter how much you like her, you have to acknowledge is a horrible story teller? She tells them with too much back story, and after every overlong vignette concludes she pauses expectantly waiting for you to crack up at just how hysterical it was that Sarah would say that to Jean in line at the supermarket. Well, now you can have that experience in book form, written by someone who isn't even your friend.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know those celebrity memoirs that are clearly ghostwritten, stilted, and pseudo-deep?

Yeah, this isn’t one of those. This is pure Carrie Fisher, demented and crooked and wise and bluntly funny and irreverent.

I really recommend listening to the audiobook. Carrie reads it herself and I think her delivery adds a lot. Plus, of course, it’s rather moving to hear her voice now, as if from the grave. The writing also sounds like something meant to be read aloud, very conversational.

She starts off w
Collin Kelley
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A memoir about drug abuse, sexual compulsion and manic depression shouldn't be this funny, but in Carrie Fisher's hands it's a laugh riot. Wishful Drinking ($21, Simon & Schuster) is slim, packed with photos and basically the script for her hit one-woman show of the same name. Fisher calls this book a "a really, really detailed personals ad," and covers everything from the dead, gay Republican in her bed (which was tabloid fodder for weeks in 2005), her missing-in-action, over-the-top parents (D ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This rating is all about how damn funny this book is, and how sad I am that Carrie Fisher is no longer with us.

(Also because I'm pleased that one of my favourite songs of all time - Paul Simon's Graceland - is revealed to be about her. (Which was probably no revelation at all to most fans.))
Leah Craig
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I didnt realize I actually had post-traumatic stress disorder at the time, but why would I think I had that? Anyway, how would I know which was post-traumatic stress, which is addiction, which is bipolar, which is Libra?”
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Fishers unending wit and charm shine through this quick, fun read. I highly suggest reading this before watching her Wishful Drinking special as it's nearly word for word in most parts, with the book adding a few extra stories here and there. It's heartbreaking that she left us so soon but thank goodness she left behind some great books to keep us company.
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, memoir
It is not often one gets the chance to read the memoirs of someone who has has the dubious distinction of having been made into a Pez dispenser. In Wishful Drinking, Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher has plenty of stories to tell about that and many other fascinating subjects including being raised by famous, scandal-plagued parents, her drug abuse and mental disorder, marriage to Paul Simon, her recent electroconvulsive therapy, and what it's like when a gay republican dies in your bed.

Carrie Fisher
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is a short audiobook that my husband and I listened to in the course of one morning - it is basically a studio recording of a one-woman show that Carrie Fisher did for a while. It is about her life, looking back after electro-shock therapy had discarded some of her memories (terrifying to realize they are still using this treatment!!). She is so funny in how she talks about her father's dalliances and her mother's lifestyle. I do wish the audio engineer had her re-record a few of the parts ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
God I miss Carrie Fisher
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a helluva good memoir! I finished it in one day. Longer review to come ASAP.

Some more thoughts on Wishful Drinking.

I've read several of Carrie Fisher's novels (I recommend Postcards from the Edge) but her memoir is much more fun. It's written in her droll, self-deprecating style and covers her life growing up the daughter of famous parents; the Princess Leia years; her marriages and finally being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "My diagnosis was manic depression. I think today they call
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audiobook. Very entertaining and funny. Did not know she was married to Paul Simon. When I have more time (or less books I want to read first) I will READ the actual book!
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like Carrie Fisher and/or memoirs about addiction, I recommend this book. Carrie’s sense of humor was super unique and often spot-on - this is a quirky, funny read. I listened to the audiobook, and the combination of her voice and somewhat rambling, very non-linear style made it feel like I was listening to a friend talk over coffee.
I love Carrie's stories. They are funny and interesting. She has a way of bringing out poignant moments amid some absurd situation. She did a lot of living. There is something interesting about seeing what life is like for people who grow up with famous parents. From the outside it looks amazing and she gives a more rounded picture. There are some scenes that overlap with the princess diaries and I wonder if that was on purpose or if that was simply the electro shock therapy. The few repeated st ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wishful Drinking is the saddest biography I've ever read. I'm sure die-hard fans of Carrie Fisher may enjoy and appreciate this book, but if you're looking for some fun celebrity comic-relief, definitely pass this one up.

Wishful Drinking begins with Carrie Fisher explaining how proud she is to be starting her life over at the age of fifty-two after having undergone electroshock therapy. She states how she can't remember much of her life up until the writing of Wishful Drinking, and also tries to
Mina Pourhadi
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't expect princess Leia to be such a badass with this much sarcasm!
I highly recommend listening to the audiobook read by carrie fisher herself.
Noah Nichols
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's the incomparable Carrie Fisher...need I type more? She automatically gets a five from me. There will NEVER be another lady like her—not now, not ever—as Carrie's emotional fearlessness and infectious wit was/is one-of-a-kind priceless. From my view, she was so much more than Princess Leia; an intelligent thinker (and hilarious writer) who came equipped with soaring feelings and a refreshing take-no-prisoners attitude about life. Great book, great gal. Up next: Shockaholic. Yeah; I'm on a Ca ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A friend let me know about this wonderful audiobook,and I'm so glad she did. I loved it! Loved listening to Carrie's voice for three hours straight. She was so narural as a narrator. And despite talking about very diffucult things,did it with humor. I found myself laughing out loud many times.

Being a Star Wars fan,of course my favourite parts were when she talked about that. At the end of the book she reads the,now classic,line of her asking help from Obi Wan. And then goes "I can't forget that
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who wish to learn a bit more about Carrie Fischer and Star Wars and everything in between...
Shelves: autobiography
This has to be one of the funniest biographies I've ever read. Fischer's frankness reminded me of Esther Williams' autobiography The Million Dollar Mermaid. And what she does tell is pretty cut and dry with no euphemisms (for example Fischer describes that when Elizabeth Taylor's husband died in a tragic accident, her father "consoled her with his penis").

It's a very short read and that might be my biggest complaint. "You wouldn't believe what I'm NOT telling you," Fischer teases in her book. An
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Carrie Fisher was an American actress, screenwriter and author, most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She had one daughter, Billie Lourd (b. 1992).

Her final film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017 and is dedicated to her.

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“One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. Not unlike a tour of Afghanistan (though the bombs and bullets, in this case, come from the inside). At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you're living with this illness and functioning at all, it's something to be proud of, not ashamed of.
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