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This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives readers an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life. Covering a broad range of topics—from never-before-heard tales of Hollywood gossip to outrageous moments of celebrity desperation; from alcoholism to illegal drug use; from the familial relationships of Hollywood royalty to scandalous run-ins with noteworthy politicians; from shock therapy to talk therapy—Carrie Fisher gives an intimate portrait of herself, and she’s one of the most indelible and powerful forces in culture at large today. Just as she has said of playing Princess Leia—“It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers”—Fisher takes readers on a no-holds-barred narrative adventure, both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.

Topics: Depression, Celebrities, Addiction, Therapy, Hollywood, Creative Nonfiction, Funny, and Poignant

Published: Simon & Schuster on Nov 1, 2011
ISBN: 9780743298490
List price: $10.99
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Carrie Fisher once again proves that humor is the often the best defense against the chaotic madness of (her) life. With a sharp wit and self-insight, she delivers snippets of what electro-convulsive therapy has done to her brain, her waist and her life. Each chapter is a self-contained story - be it how she became a Jenny Craig spokesperson or having a battle of wits with a jerk of a senator over dinner or what it was like to know Michael Jackson - each tale is a chestnut that entertains the voyeur in us all much better than any tabloid could - as these tales come straight from the source (as best as she can remember, what with the shock therapy and all). A great read from a woman who proves time and time again she has more to offer than being character in a space movie - if only we'd let her move on.read more
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I love Carrie Fischer! She's so honest--heartbreakingly at times--witty and insightful. Mostly talking about her Dad in this memoir. And also her date with Chris Dodd, Christmas (or was it Thanksgiving?) with Michael Jacksn and his kids, confrontation with ex-stepmother Elizabeth Taylor, and various otherworldly experiences when you are inadvertently mega-famous. Quick and entertaining.read more
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I was disappointed after reading this book. I felt it was more about her relationship with her parents rather than the shock treatments as referenced in the title. I think I have read all that I now need to know or want to know about Carrie Fisher.read more
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Carrie Fisher once again proves that humor is the often the best defense against the chaotic madness of (her) life. With a sharp wit and self-insight, she delivers snippets of what electro-convulsive therapy has done to her brain, her waist and her life. Each chapter is a self-contained story - be it how she became a Jenny Craig spokesperson or having a battle of wits with a jerk of a senator over dinner or what it was like to know Michael Jackson - each tale is a chestnut that entertains the voyeur in us all much better than any tabloid could - as these tales come straight from the source (as best as she can remember, what with the shock therapy and all). A great read from a woman who proves time and time again she has more to offer than being character in a space movie - if only we'd let her move on.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I love Carrie Fischer! She's so honest--heartbreakingly at times--witty and insightful. Mostly talking about her Dad in this memoir. And also her date with Chris Dodd, Christmas (or was it Thanksgiving?) with Michael Jacksn and his kids, confrontation with ex-stepmother Elizabeth Taylor, and various otherworldly experiences when you are inadvertently mega-famous. Quick and entertaining.
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I was disappointed after reading this book. I felt it was more about her relationship with her parents rather than the shock treatments as referenced in the title. I think I have read all that I now need to know or want to know about Carrie Fisher.
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