Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking

By Carrie Fisher

  • Release Date: 2008-12-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 572 Ratings


The bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge comes clean (well, sort of) in her first-ever memoir, adapted from her one-woman Broadway hit show. Fisher reveals what it was really like to grow up a product of “Hollywood in-breeding,” come of age on the set of a little movie called Star Wars, and become a cultural icon and bestselling action figure at the age of nineteen.

Intimate, hilarious, and sobering, Wishful Drinking is Fisher, looking at her life as she best remembers it (what do you expect after electroshock therapy?). It’s an incredible tale: the child of Hollywood royalty—Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher—homewrecked by Elizabeth Taylor, marrying (then divorcing, then dating) Paul Simon, having her likeness merchandized on everything from Princess Leia shampoo to PEZ dispensers, learning the father of her daughter forgot to tell her he was gay, and ultimately waking up one morning and finding a friend dead beside her in bed.

Wishful Drinking, the show, has been a runaway success. Entertainment Weekly declared it “drolly hysterical” and the Los Angeles Times called it a “Beverly Hills yard sale of juicy anecdotes.” This is Carrie Fisher at her best—revealing her worst. She tells her true and outrageous story of her bizarre reality with her inimitable wit, unabashed self-deprecation, and buoyant, infectious humor.


  • Great book

    By HBlinderlu
  • Funny and Moving

    By Oye Vey!
    Great book! It made me laugh. Wonderful look into her life and family. 👍🏻👍🏻
  • Wishful Drinking

    By EasyBreezy4Me
    Just read this while stuck at the mechanic waiting 4hrs for an oil change that turned into a$650 repair😖💸. Carrie Fisher is quite the talented writer and storytellers well as actor & singer. Oh and she's funny, which I find always makes a book better to read. It's a sad story of her crazy, addicted life, but she tells it in such a way as to keep one wanting to read more. Some of it is a bit shocking (if true), as in her mother offering to experiment with marijuana with her when she was only 13. I prefer true stories and biographies to fiction so I enjoyed the book and the online price of $4.99 was reasonable. I couldn't quite give 5 stars but thought 4 was appropriate. R.I.P. both Carrie and Debbie.

    By uprise24
    If you can get thru this book without skipping paragraphs or whole chapters, look me up and I'll give you five bucks, the whole price you paid for this book.😉
  • Carrie Fisher Fan

    By Subsufers lover
    I haven't read this book yet, but I heard it was good and funny! And I also can't believe what happened to Princess Leia a few weeks ago 😔😔😔
  • self indulgent nonsense

    By Batavia Man
    I could not care less about her bi-polar problem or her drinking etc. I had major heart surgery this year, but I saw no need to write a book about it.
  • Laughed so hard

    By Nuna_02
    If you ever watch a Carrie Fisher interview of her Star Wars days, she is so dignified and soft spoken but after reading this book I can assure you she has changed, in a good way though. I loved her comitic humor on her personal life and truly wished it was a longer read.
  • Disappointed

    By StarDance
    This read like her television show script. However, not sure it would qualify as a book because it was so short. I don't feel like I got the value for which I paid ($11). Very short book.
  • Truly Honest

    By Cin A Min
    I enjoyed the simple clear style of writing. Carrie opened her life for all to see. Very honest and upbeat. Being manic depressive is a challenge and she described her swings well. Overall, a very informative and entertaining read !!
  • A Bipolar of a Ride

    By Pancakes@midnight
    I've never taken the time to read up on actors who I like; I figure its none of my business what they do in their spare time as long as they take me that magical place I call Movie Land. Carrie Fisher's character in Star Wars took me to that place many time and I thank her and the rest of the clan. I saw her book cover at the local grocery store and I thought why not. I am glad I did. She is pretty normal in my book, aside from the pills and mental disorder she is pretty normal. She so eloquently illustrated in her wonderful busy head her life in a couple hundred + pages. I want to read more because now it is my business. I gave it 5 stars because this is the first book, and I've been reading for over 30 years, the first book that I could not stop reading. I read the book in one night. I am not only proud of myself because I can now say I couldn't put the book down but I am proud I made it my business to read something from Carrie Fisher that just made me laugh. You can't feel sorry for her because she still standing. She's ballsy...I like ballsy. So now I like the two sides of Carrie Fisher; The Princess and The Writer. Thanks, Nancy Zambrano