Alcohol, Debbie Reynolds, Cary Grant, manic depression and THAT hairstyle...,
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This review is from: Wishful Drinking (Paperback)
This is definitely what I'd call a sketchy book. Sketchy because it is adapted from Fisher's one-woman show, flitting to and fro between various areas of her life and events in her past. Sketchy in that her ECT treatments have undoubtedly damaged her memory and therefore many of the details that might otherwise have been included in an autobiographical book have been lost. And sketchy in that in true bipolar style, her prose veers from insightful genius to a little incomprehensible and back again.
That being said, I really enjoyed it! I could almost hear Fisher recounting her anecdotes, deadpanning at every comic twist, offering up each tidbit of her life with a bittersweet kind of relish. I didn't really know anything about her other than that she played Princess Leia, grew up into the actress I'd seen in When Harry Met Sally [DVD]  and Undiscovered [DVD], and was severely manic depressive, so for me it was an interesting read. She covers everything from her alcoholism to her relationship with her beautiful but decidedly unconventional mother; from the trend in her family for multiple marriages to the inescapable legacy of the Star Wars movies. She is irreverent, self-deprecating and has a refreshing voice that simultaneously pays tribute to and breaks down the illusion of Hollywood glamour thrown up by her glittering background. I'll be eagerly awaiting the release of Shockaholic at the end of 2011!