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Postcards from the Edge (Picador Books) Paperback – 9 Oct 1987

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (9 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330301691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330301695
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.3 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,370,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Washington Post Book JournalA Wonderfully funny, brash and biting novel.

About the Author

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness -- and her willingness to speak honestly about them -- have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.


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This is not just a book about celebrity addiction. If you've ever been addicted to anything or know anyone who has then you will know how true this book is. Wryly amusing and unsentimental yet it deals with all the paranoia and rubbish that comes out of the head of an addict in a sympathetic and realistic way. I was surprised at how well this book was written, pleasantly so.
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I wanted it to be a sort of Jane Austen novel for the modern age, and indeed in some places it almost gets there. And one gets the sense that one would really like the author, in person; that it would be much witty fun to have dinner with her and chat for hours, and that she'd make an excellent bestie - all of which made me keep reading. But, overall, the book isn't, well, writerly - so it feels a bit not-quite-finished, not in the sense of leaving you hanging, but unpolished somehow. It takes more than a sharp and intelligent observer of social absurdities, which this author is, to elevate trivialities to the level of great humour - it takes a brilliant writer.
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Well, as I really don't wanna repeat what the back of the book says... I won't. Still it's hard not to use the word "insight". A very entertaining and funny book, which also gives you nice idea of clebreties life as lived by celebs - and I mean: beyond what the yellow press says. Carrie Fisher is definitely more than just Princess Leia, yet it's hard to read this book as an autobiography and not to think of her. Definitely worth reading, especially if you like books about interesting women, and who doesn't?
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This is a great book, part fiction, but obviously also autobiographical in many ways. It made for a terrific movie with Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine (as Carrie and Debbie Reynolds - though they have different names). I think my favourite line is 'Delayed gratification takes too long', but it's packed with bon mots and story. And you forget Princess Leia, which must be great for Carrie! Highly recommended for anyone who likes a funny book that's also serious. And if you're a Carrie Fisher reader or fan, then you have to have this.
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It took a little time to get interested in this book. It is broken into parts and the second part was particulary boring, but the second half of the book was much better. I eventually liked the self obsessed actress protagonist!
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I love this book! There are so many witty one-liners in there - I stopped counting when I read the book...

Carrie Fisher's style of writing is very personal and she is not afraid to handle subjects that are painful for her to write and painful for us to read!

I admire her for her strength to keep on laughing (mostly about herself) after the things that she has been through (done to herself, most of the time) - she is one of my heroes!

Please read this book!
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Carrie FIsher is right up there on my list of the ten people I most want to sit next door to at that imaginary dinner party. It's a few years since I read this but can still recall it being one of the funniest and most charming books I've ever read. It's probably time I re-read it
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Look, this is a really good, honest book. It is also a bit obscene. The story depicts a thinly masked Fisher, as she goes through the ups and downs of her yet to be diagnosed manic depression. All the power to her - it's great when people pull through and make a success of themselves - especially women, I have to say, as they are generally underdogs in our society. I recently heard something said by Michael Douglas, who like Fisher is a second generation actor, along the lines of "second generation success is a mixed blessing". A lot of celebrity kids prove this thesis to be true. I get it, it's tough. Still, when I read about the main character having her mum send over a maid to help and comfort her, ordering limos and thinking about whether she'll ever work again, yet maintianing a lavish lifestyle, I can't help but finding it a bit obscene. I know someone with manic depression, and let me tell you it's pretty awful, especially when your spouse, children and mortgage are hanging in the balance. So, a wealthy celebrity gets less sympathy from me, I'm afraid. Besides, Fisher is not asking for sympathy, so there you go. There's lots of loosers out there, with good degrees, working very hard, never doing drugs - yet they can not find employment to sustain a very modest lifestyle, much less spend days in bed with depression. But they're common as muck and not so interesting to read about. Life isn't fair.
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