Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
"Life is a cabaret" -- or perhaps more aptly, since Fisher wryly recounts how she failed as a chorus girl hoofer, "a comic monologue." Fisher skates lightly over thin ice and very dark water, covering conversational points that a prurient public is keen to hear embellished, but not gruesomely so: life on the Star Wars set; figuring out marriage in Hollywood; mixing it up with Paul Simon (twice); figuring out family in Hollywood (the insularity of family life in the fishbowl is remarkable to me: her mother remains her next-door neighbour); life as a very public mental health advocate; and waking up next to a dead friend, to name just a few. The book is essentially a transcript of her show from a year or two ago, and it's easy to hear her low, slurry delivery as you read it. I'd probably recommend a recording of this over the printed word, but since I had an hour to kill in a foreign library, this was precisely the item to ease the time.
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