Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

() The beginning of this book reads slow, and is a confusing mess of family names and descriptions that I couldn’t retain very well. However, about half way in is when things start getting good.

Don’t get me wrong, Fisher is great at adding comedy to her writing. But the content of the message she’s getting across could be improved.

I dove into this book expecting to read more about her struggles with substance abuse. But instead it seemed to be a big abstract telling of various parts in her life, especially portrayals of those around her.

And yes, I was very interested to learn that she too (along with other memoir authors I’ve read) has been diagnosed as bipolar. However, her descriptions of Bipolar I vs. II are confused. She switched their symptoms completely on page 117. I’m always a little disgusted by published, incorrect “facts”.

But the book is in fairly large print, so it’s a quick read. And I suppose it gives you a small glimpse into the life of a troubled star. Just don’t expect too much.

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