Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

I am a firm believer that the reader can make or break an audio book. In this instance, she makes it and so much more! Carrie Fisher performs her own autobiography, Wishful Drinking, and life has never been funnier! Wishful Drinking is an adaptation of her one-woman stage show by the same title in which Carrie discusses life as—what she calls—the product of Hollywood in-breeding.

Fisher talks about the quirks of growing up as the child of Hollywood royalty, the drama of coming to age on the set of Star Wars, and the shock of finding out the father of her child forgot to tell her he was gay. Fisher’s dry humor and frank attitude make even the most tragic situations humorous.

I cannot begin to explain how wonderfully Fisher performs as the narrator of her audio book. No one can tell her stories quite the way that she can, and with good reason! If you have ever been curious about the girl behind the iconic hairstyle—and even if you haven’t—this read will shock, delight, and enlighten you.

If you’re looking for more honest, witty— sometimes irreverent—memoirs, check out Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, available at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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