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Shockaholic

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,563 Ratings  ·  1,025 Reviews
Infused with Carrie Fisher’s trademark incisive wit and on the heels of Wishful Drinking’s instant New York Times bestselling success, Shockaholic takes readers on another rollicking ride into her crazy life.

There is no shortage of people flocking to hear what Princess Leia has to say. Her previous hardcover, Wishful Drinking, was an instant New York Times bestseller and C
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Hardcover, First Edition, 176 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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Matt
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In the second of her short memoirs, Carrie Fisher returns with more anecdotes and funny stories that come from her life. Again, Fisher opens with the disclaimer that she underwent electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), which erased some of her past memories. She explores ECT a little more for the reader, both its origins in pre-WWII Italy and her own experiences with the treatment. ECT remains, as Fisher describes it, as a last-ditch effort to rid the mind of those looming clouds of depression, where ...more
Naksed
I could quote the numerous bon mots that Carrie Fisher so easily lets roll off her uniquely creative, intelligent, and humorous, one hundred and eighty miles an hour mind, but instead, I will leave you with this recording of her father's rendition of If I loved you, from Carousel, a song that represents one of the very few and far between bonding moments between daughter and father, and which plays a role in several of the anecdotes that make up her irreverent memoirs Shockaholic. As usual, Fish ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Carrie Fisher, my dears is fucking hysterical!!!
I laughed so many times while reading this, I even read some out loud to my dog.
If that ever happens to you, then you know you have a damn good book in your hands.
ENJOY IT!!!
Brianne
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
You either love Carrie Fisher or you're wrong.

That's all. That's the entire review.
Lata
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2017-read, auth-f
3.5 stars.
More poignant than Wishful Drinking. Narrated by Carrie Fisher, this provides more information on her decision to undergo electro convulsive therapy, and about her relationship with her father.
Gary
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was good......a fine follow up to WISHFUL DRINKING which made me laugh non-stop. Carrie has a wicked wit in her writing,and her sarcasm over her trials in life. This one didn't make me laugh as often, and at times it made me pensive of memories of my own father, who wasn't always there for me either....in fact, he went out of his way to make things tougher on me,and seemed to relish when I struggled with things in my life....... Carrie made me see that there are some things that I miss ...more
Noah Nichols
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Didn't I just tell you that anything from Fisher is an automatic five? I stick to my guns.
J.P. Willson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being another memoir in the rather eclectic life of 'Princess Leia', oops, I of course mean Carrie Francis Fisher...sorry about that but I had too. If Miss Fisher were still with us I am sure she would get a chuckle out of that, of this I have no doubt.
Anyway, not quite as riotously funny as 'Wishful Drinking', still it was definitely full of hilarious tales of a life well lived. A life that like everyone else's had its ups and downs, turns and spins sometimes to the point of ridiculousness
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, humor
I didn't know that Carrie Fisher wrote novels, so when I saw that this really was who I thought it was, I decided to give her a read. She has a very conversational style of writing and she's not afraid of a few f-bombs. Neither am I, but if that kind of thing bugs you, don't read this.

Who else could give us the inside scoop on electro-shock therapy, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Eddie Fisher? It's a surreal narration and I enjoyed it. She was also honest about her various addictions and
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Amee
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I think I'll stop reading Carrie Fisher's books and just enjoy her as Princess Leia/Sally's best friend (When Harry Met Sally). I'm not sure where her editor was on this book. It was so disjointed and rambling. I guess that's the side-effect from her electro-shock therapy? I'm sure that's what she'd say anyway.
Elizabeth
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How is she SO GOOD at writing. Honestly. There will be familiar parts if you've read her other memoirs, but there are some really great stories that I hadn't heard or read before. Elizabeth Taylor's pool party. Just read it!
Sara
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Wow, I've never read anything by Carrie Fisher before. She's extremely funny. (Also intelligent and poignant.) I loved the illustrations and old gossip magazine covers.

She jumps around a bit, here. Different chapters talk about shock therapy, Michael Jackson, and her dad. I wish this book was longer.

I think I'll find something else of hers to read.
Una Tiers
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
She is witty although intergalactic in a narcissistic manner. I think I read this because she does have some rocking prose.
Kwoomac
Trying way too hard. I've always loved Carrie Fisher and thought she was smart and funny. This time around, "the humor" just fell flat. Here, see for yourself: You know when people pass away they leave instructions as to what to do with the remains ? I believe they're referred to as "wills"- but then so is one of those two princes in Great Britain. No, go ahead read it a few times. I'll wait right here. Okay, am I missing something? Not funny,right ? No matter how hard you try to give her the ...more
Kyla
I will never tire of reading things that Carrie Fisher writes. Whatever you may think of her life choices, she is completely honest; she doesn't make excuses, simply gives explanations. I truly appreciate her willingness to share her struggles and successes in a very real way.
Liberty K
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Star Wars and the feisty and confident Princess Leia Organa but this book is all about Carrie Fisher and her awesome self!
I really enjoyed this little memoir. Carrie Fisher is funny, crazy, open-hearted and has a potty mouth, all at the sime time.
How can you possible not love her?

Carrie Fisher had a rough life and she doesn't hiding behind her finger but she using her memoirs (Wishful Drinking and in this case Shockaholic) for catharsis.

P.S= I love how she uses in her cover p
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Libby
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just like a convo with one of my foul mouthed self deprecating friends!
chucklesthescot
I have to say that I was looking forward to reading these three memoirs by Carrie Fisher as they are given very good reviews and are said to be very funny. I must admit that I was actually disappointed in what I read in this book.

The book starts with an honest discussion of her electric shock treatment to treat her mental health issues. To be honest, I knew she had issues connected to drink and drugs through the years but I didn't know that she actually has mental health disorders or how bad thi
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Mark
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, biography
As the years grows close to the end we found out that Princess Leia had an affair with Han Solo only in real life, so Carrie was was having her wicked ways with Harrison. Good for them I would say.

And after watching Rogue One in the cinema my youngest daughter wanted to see the original Star Wars on bluray and while we were watching the news was that Carrie fisher had suffered a heart attack and before we saw all three of them Carrie Fisher had left this life behind and left a huge gap in the wo
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Eric Klee
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
SHOCKAHOLIC is Carrie Fisher's second memoir, following WISHFUL DRINKING. Whereas WISHFUL DRINKING was a memoir of Carrie's life from birth to the present, SHOCKAHOLIC touches on various topics in Carrie's life. Although not as entertaining as the first, it's still quite insightful and humorous, featuring Carrie's sharp wit. In SHOCKAHOLIC, Carrie discusses her experiences with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock, to help her deal with her drug addiction and depressio ...more
DramaQueen
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Just as the other two biographical books I read by Carrie Fisher (The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking), a very funny look into Carrie’s interesting yet sometimes sad life. Stories about her addiction and depression, her start of fame with her role as Princess Leia, a conversational conversation with then senator Ted Kennedy, her relationship with her father and even a monologue in which she defends Micheal Jackson. Some interesting pieces snatched from her interesting life, told by an inte ...more
Dara
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Carrie Fisher can do no wrong.
Robin Graber
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I laughed so much and it was just so honest. I couldn't stop listening!
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
Fisher is a great comedy writer--she possesses scathing wit, thoughtfulness for others, and is able to laugh at herself no matter how dire the situation. As a matter of fact, when I read this, I was feeling quite down due to personal reasons and the usual gubbins people go through in life--yet her unusual positivity to make humor out of such depressing experiences she went through really made me realize that life *can* suck in a void, but that doesn't mean you have to succumb to it. As dark and ...more
Anniken Haga
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third book by Carrie Fisher I've listened to, but I didn't find it as good as the others.
Carrie is still fun to listen to, and she has an amazing way of telling stories, but some of these stories I've heard before in her other works, now.
I don't regret listening to this, though, 'cause it was still a fun and interesting listen.
victoria.p
Having just watched Wishful Drinking, this seemed a little repetitive, but there's some lovely writing about what it means to sit with someone until their death, and also about her eventual relationship with her father. I also liked the story about becoming friends with Elizabeth Taylor. So probably 3.5 overall.
Margot
I didn't realize until at least two-thirds of the way through that the theme of this work is actually father-figures. More accurately, the theme and focus seemed to suddenly swing away from Carrie's drug-abuse and Electroconvulsive (shock) therapy over to the father-figures in her life and, ultimately, her father Eddie Fisher.

As with Wishful Drinking, I found this second memoir by Carrie Fisher mildly annoying and something to be gotten through. She likes to preface all her memoirs with lengthy
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Erin
Having loved the first book I read by Carrie Fisher, Wishful Drinking, I was far from surprised to say that I loved Shockaholic as well. Carrie makes no secret of the crazy life she's lived, growing up as the daughter of Hollywood royalty, and becoming Alderaanian royalty in George Lucas's blockbuster Star Wars films. She doesn't hide the rest of her crazy life either... the drugs, the mental illness, the ECT... The woman loves ECT... The name of the book? It's there for a reason.

Drugs and ECT w
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Schmacko
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
I won’t write a lot about this, because I am trying to keep these reviews short. I will say, however, that I love Fisher’s early fictional work, especially Postcards from the Edge and Surrender the Pink. Recently, however, she’s been on a tell-all kick – with this and Wishful Drinking – and although she is entertaining, I am less enamored.

Shockaholic covers Fisher’s severe mood disorders and her need for what was once called electro-shock therapy. She does so much work trying to convince us that
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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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“I don’t hate hardly ever, and when I love, I love for miles and miles. A love so big it should either be outlawed or it should have a capital and its own currency.” 48 likes
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