Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher (2 November — 5 November)

Well, I finished up that book I was talking about yesterday and it did not disappoint. Scott even listened to it with me and enjoyed the stories even out of context. Good times.

Wishful Drinking is Carrie Fisher’s memoir about… lots of things. Growing up with Debbie Reynolds, being Princess Leia, enjoying drugs and alcohol a titch too much, having a friend die in her bed (no, really, and jeez, that sucks). The stories are a little bit all over the place and I got confused a couple of time while listening to it when I missed her reading a new chapter title. 🙂 Oops!

Listening to the book was fun, though. The first few chapters/tracks/whatever are a little stilted, kind of like listening to a graduation speech, but soon Fisher relaxes and starts getting into her narrative and, um, she’s really good at swearing so you probably don’t want to pick up this book if you’re sensitive to that (though I think they were all fairly appropriate uses of cussing, if there is such a thing). Her “uggghs” and pointed pauses really made her stories that much more hilarious.

Unfortunately, as a completely terrible auditory learner, I can’t really remember many of the stories Fisher told, but I can promise they were all at least moderately entertaining. Oh, and the one about what she did when a fan at a show told her to go [bagpipes] herself is pretty much the weirdest story I’ve ever heard. Actually, I’m not sure you want to have that image stuck in your head. Maybe you can skip it.

Rating: 8/10
(Countdown Challenge: 2008)

See also:
The Outlaw Culture Group
Books ‘N Border Collies

Pass me yours, if you’ve got ’em.

3 thoughts on “Wishful Drinking, by Carrie Fisher (2 November — 5 November)

  1. Mary says:

    Me with the failing to comment, oy!

    I'm glad that you loved it 🙂 And she most definitely brought out the Leia sex doll and did a bit on the go [bagpipes] herself part in the stage show. It was…awesome.

  2. Mary says:

    oh no, it was hysterical– nothing truly vulgar, just her standing next to this Amazon like sex doll feigning amusement and confusion… the funny part is that she's actually really tiny (which is fairly obvious if you watch the episode of SNL she hosted in the '70s–Ackroyd and Murray make her look like a child), and the doll is gigantic!!

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