Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – A Review

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Non-Fiction | Memoir
Published by Simon & Schuster
Released December 2, 2008
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

While I don’t usually read celebrity memoirs (with a few notable exceptions), I listened to the audiobook of Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking because I wanted to learn more about her struggles with bipolar disorder, a condition that I also have.

It’s a very short audiobook at just a little over three hours. I knocked it out while playing Minecraft (which has become my favorite activity while listening to books).

I had hoped that she would talk about her experiences with bipolar disorder and electroshock therapy. However, the book is more or less about her experiences being surrounded by famous parents, spouses, and friends. There was a lot of airing of “dirty laundry,” as she discussed her father’s drug use and sexual affairs, which was less than interesting to me. If you’re into celebrity drama, however, you might really enjoy these parts.

Her love for her daughter is so clear through her words, which I found super-sweet. As the audiobook is narrated by Carrie Fisher, so much of her personality shines through. With the exception of a lot of strangely placed yelling, she came across as hilarious and very loyal to her daughter and mother.

Having wanted perhaps a deeper memoir, Wishful Drinking felt like a bit of a letdown. Apparently this book is based on a one-woman show that she did. Perhaps it didn’t translate all that well to book-form. I know she wrote several other books, so if you’re a big Carrie Fisher fan, maybe check one of those out first?


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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle – A Review

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle
Memoir | Non-Fiction
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Published by Crown Archetype
Released October 2, 2018
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars

I don’t remember how old I was when I was first introduced to Monty Python, but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. Flying Circus, Life of Brian, Holy Grail… I love them all and have watched them too many times to accurately count.

Fun story: In tenth grade, I took European history, which at the time was being taught by the football coach, and it was very obvious that he didn’t have a background in history. When we got to medieval Europe, he showed us Monty Python and the Holy Grail to show us what England was like during that era. Obviously, we didn’t learn much during that class, but at least we got to watch a great movie.

Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is a hilarious and interesting look back at his life, his friendships with celebrities such as George Harrison and David Bowie, and a behind-the-scenes look at Monty Python.

I both read the physical book and listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by Idle himself. Both are equally amazing. The audiobook is hilarious, and I found myself laughing so many times. The physical book is just as interesting, with tons of photos throughout it. If I had to recommend just one, however, go with the audiobook. It’s perfect.

At times, the celebrity name-dropping felt a little overwhelming and grew tired, but overall I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the life of a member of a comedy group that I basically grew up watching.

I’ll leave you to watch this clip from Life of Brian (which, by the way, is my favorite Monty Python movie), in case you aren’t aware of where the title of this memoir came from.