Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (audio)

A good choice.

Carrie Fisher narrates her own writing for SHOCKAHOLIC, which is an intimate look inside her life. From her relationships with Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Gabriel and Michael Jackson, to her ups and downs along the road to and from recovery from addiction, bi-polar disorder and depression, Carrie Fisher holds nothing back.  She even discusses her successful treatments of ECT - Electroconvulsive Therapy - or Shock Treatment.

Intimate.  This is the perfect word to describe this book, especially if you choose to listen to the audio.  I felt like I was sitting in Carrie Fisher's kitchen, and she was telling me stories about her life until the wee hours of the morning.  I admire someone who has that kind of courage, especially someone who has made the mistakes that she has made. 

Carrie Fisher is funny, but not in the same way that Tina Fey is funny in Bossypants.  They are both honest, but Fisher has lived more, suffered more, and her story is at once hilarious and incredibly sad.  She acknowledges this, though, and shares the wisdom she has picked up along the way.

Do I agree with Carrie Fisher on politics, parenting style, or Michael Jackson?  No, but she wouldn't care either way.  She did, however, remind me not to judge a person until I have walked a mile in her shoes.

As someone who has always known who Carrie Fisher was, I wouldn't consider myself a fan...until now.  She is the kind of person with whom I would love to hang out, have a (non alcoholic) drink with, and laugh...even if she couldn't remember my name.

I enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who is looking for an entertaining memoir of sorts.


Book Extras:
Simon and Schuster Page
Carrie Fisher Webpage, Facebook, Twitter

About the Book:
SHOCKAHOLIC written and narrated by Carrie Fisher
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743550269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743550260

  • About the Author: (from publisher)
    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 books: Wishful Drinking—which lead to a hit Broadway production of the same name—Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, the basis for the popular film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. In 2009, she was nominated for a Grammy award in Best Spoken Word Performance for the audio edition of Wishful Drinking. 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


    Disclosure:  I won a copy of this audiobook from Audiobook Jukebox.com

    3 comments:

    Zibilee said...

    Ever since hearing the premise for this book, I have wanted to read it. It does sound very interesting, and I am curious about the choices that Fisher made throughout her life. Very nice review today. I need to check this one out, preferably on audio.

    Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    I have been considering this one but have been a little gun shy as I loved Bossy Pants, and loved Things I Only Tell My Friends but then listed to a couple that didnt leave me feeling wonderful.

    Now I think I will pick this one up, thanks Alison!

    bermudaonion said...

    I enjoyed this book too!

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