Mimi’s Book Club: Wishful Drinking

BATD ON Jan 26, 2009 AT 3:01 pm

Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking

Princess Leia is a drunk. Or at least that’s what the real Star Wars beauty is professing in her new memoir “Wishful Drinking”.  In this celebrity tell all, actress Carrie Fisher chronicles the intimate details of her life growing up in Hollywood.

While it’s a quick read (I read it in an hour and half sitting) Carrie’s writing style is like a teenage girl venting in her diary, thus making it easy to whip through but also a bit overdramatic. This memoir certainly wasn’t intended for her die hard Trekkie fans, she seems to be reaching out to anyone interested in the Hollywood scene. For instance, Carrie describes herself as a product of celebrity imbredding( when two celebrities mate). Her parents were Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, comparing them to the Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt of the 50s. Her memoir goes into great detail about her parents’ divorce and her father’s affair with Elizabeth Taylor (think of Angelina Jolie, except unlike Angie and Jen, Debbie and Liz happened to have been best friends).

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

While the memoir certainly had its humorous parts, there were sections that seemed to drag on. Some juicier parts entailed her long romance with a rock star and her second husband leaving her for another man. She also divulges that she had an affair with a senator from Connecticut, but in today’s world who hasn’t had an affair with a Senator? In retrospect this stuff makes for a great read, but frankly Carrie fails to deliver any suspense.

With a title like “Wishful Drinking” I was expecting something with a little bit more substance (no pun intended).  I mean you’re an alcoholic talk the nut jobs you met in rehab. Also if you’re going to begin a memoir comparing your parents to Jen and Brad you better deliver a fascinating tale, but unfortunately that was not the end result of “Wishful Drinking”.  At this point I think Suri Cruise has more to say. I know the Star War fans won’t be pleased, but for the rest of us, you’re not going lose or gain anything by reading it, so it’s totally your call!

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