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Author: Carrie Fisher Narrator: Carrie Fisher Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780743563499

Publisher Description

This memoir from the bestselling author of Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking gives you an intimate, gossip-filled look at what it’s like to be the daughter of Hollywood royalty.

Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that locked Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life. Covering a broad range of topics—from never-before-heard tales of Hollywood gossip to outrageous moments of celebrity desperation; from alcoholism to illegal drug use; from the familial relationships of Hollywood royalty to scandalous run-ins with noteworthy politicians; from shock therapy to talk therapy—Carrie Fisher gives an intimate portrait of herself, and she’s one of the most indelible and powerful forces in culture at large today. Just as she has said of playing Princess Leia—“It isn’t all sweetness and light sabers”—Fisher takes readers on a no-holds-barred narrative adventure, both laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.

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  • “Ultimately the book is about being honest with yourself, living with as few regrets as possible and about making peace—with family, friends, and strangers with whom you might have had a grudge. The book is kept aloft with Fisher’s endless dry wit, although there’s a melancholy that permeates the writing…Fisher may be trying to remind us that taking the leap and reaching out might be worth the risk, even without a safety net.” 

    - Los Angeles Times
  • “Fisher’s wordplay is wicked, relentless and as playful as a bouncy house full of polar bear cubs.” 

    - San Francisco Chronicle
  • “The real gold of the book comes in Fisher’s ruthlessly self-abnegating sense of humor, which refuses pity, or even much serious focus on her troubles. There’s a sense, at times, of a much larger pain underlying the gags, particularly over her depression-damaged relationship with her daughter, and her reunion with her drug-loving, dying father…But few things seem to have been natural in Fisher’s life, and the wealth of her experience is almost as much of a draw as her rare, welcome self-awareness and openness to self-mockery.” 

    - AV Club
  • “In this funny and sad memoir, Fisher tackles her difficult decision to pursue ongoing electroshock therapy, an unpopular medical alternative which she lauds as a last-ditch effort to alleviate the pain of living her particular life…Writ[ten] with tremendous wit, ample self-deprecation, and a thinly veiled and deep-seated anguish…moving.” 

    - Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Carrie Fisher's writing reminds me of Nora Ephron's (another favorite) but with more edge. This book was funny and sad and full of Fisher's sharp wit. Especially enjoyable hearing it read by the author. "

    - Susie, 2/4/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Laugh out loud funny but also quite sad in parts. I happen to like her sarcastic sense of humor and what I think of as fearlessness (others may think of it as something else). "

    - Mindy, 1/31/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It wasn't quite as good as Wishful Drinking, but still an entertaining, quick read. "

    - Tim, 1/9/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " If you like Carrie Fisher, you'll like this book. I would have given it four stars except that I'd already heard about half of the stories. Still it is a quick and fun read. "

    - Pam, 1/5/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I adore Carrie Fisher, and am always glad for her written verbal diarrhea (I'm pretty sure she'd appreciate this compliment). This addition to her memoirs is honest, funny, tragic, painful, and always (it must be mentioned more than once) hilarious when described. Thank you, Carrie, for tearing open your soul for us readers! "

    - Caree, 1/1/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Carrie can always find something funny , even in a tragic situation. Reading about her relationship with her father is is both sad and in the end tender and funny. "

    - Beverly, 12/29/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Shockaholic reads like a b-side to Wishful Drinking. "

    - Samantha, 11/21/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not as good as Wishful Drinking. A bit darker and preachy, but still pretty entertaining. "

    - Sara, 10/18/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I didn't read wishful drinking the prequal to this book so I quite enjoyed her crazy stories which involved other celebrities I like. Overall good book , entertaining, quick read and Carry Fishers sounds like she's having flashbacks from all her acid trips! "

    - Maureen, 9/30/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I thought I would have liked this more since I loved Wishful Drinking, but unfortunately no. I would say that overall it's just okay. "

    - Amanda, 9/18/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Eh, I don't even know what to say about this book. I had a really hard time getting through it, & I think the only reason I gave it 3 stars is because it's Carrie Fisher! Unfortunately, the book itself was just... eh. "

    - Carol, 8/9/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The title and cover are a bit misleading. This is a book more about Fisher's relationship with her parents than anything else. It's also pretty short. But it's good fun nonetheless. "

    - Ben, 12/22/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Typical laugh-out-loud Carrie Fisher! A quick read to make you your night. Fisher points out someone once told her they'd never want to be her...I'd love to be Carrie Fisher, or, at the very least, hang out with her. "

    - Lynnette, 12/21/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A more enjoyable read than Wishful Drinking. "

    - Jen, 9/22/2012
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Please stop Carrie Fisher from writing anymore. This is a disjointed mess. I couldn't get past first 20 pages. Such a shame I liked some of her other books. "

    - Lhymowitz, 9/4/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love her trilogy: "Postcards from the Edge," Wishful Drinking," and now this third installment. Great humor, wit, and honesty. "

    - Bruce, 7/20/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I loved her first book so this follow up is no different. Unlike the last book she now talks about her present life, and the death of some people she close to including her dad. Do read the first book if you can it will help this one make more sense :) "

    - Holly, 12/26/2011
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Disappointing, disjointed ... Not very funny. She clearly hated her stepfather, and devotes a chapter to his bodily functions. No thanks. "

    - Janice, 11/25/2011

About the Author

Carrie Fisher (1956–2016) was an author, actress, and humorist best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise. She appeared in many other films, including Shampoo, When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers, and Hannah and Her Sisters, among others. She wrote four bestselling novels: Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, as well as the memoirs Shockaholic and Wishful Drinking. The daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, she appeared with her mother in Bright Lights: Starring Carried Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a 2016 documentary about their relationship, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.