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Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher

Shockaholic (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Carrie Fisher

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Authors:Carrie Fisher
Info:Simon & Schuster (2011), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 176 pages
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  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Another memoir from everybody's favorite space princess who has also had a life and career since then. This one is much more disjointed than Wishful Drinking, as it mostly covers random memories that Fisher herself doesn't want to forget. I learned a lot about Electro-Convulsive Therapy (known as shock treatment in earlier days), including just how effective it can be in treating depression and other mental illnesses. It's used as a scare tactic in so many movies that, like Fisher, I'd always thought it was truly horrific. Turns out it's actually pretty great for her, except that it eats her memories. So here we have a collection of stories from her life, most of which are pretty hilarious. I won't be rushing out to get Fisher's next set of memoirs, but every once in a while it's a fun change. She's led an interesting life. ( )
  melydia | Jul 29, 2016 |
Fairly insubstantial, but Fisher is an engaging, and entertainingly self-deprecating, writer, who's come to terms admirably with the consequences of a whacked-out celebrity roller-coaster of a life. ( )
  dtw42 | Jun 26, 2016 |
"There's No Room for Demons, when You're Self-Possessed" Well that is certainly true....and "Self-Possessed" fits this woman to a Tee!

This book begins with stream of conscious babbling/rambling, which I found to be very annoying. She talks about her ECT (electroshock therapy) that helps her depression, her loss of memory from the ECT, her drug use (snorting cocaine with your father is NOT a good thing), her childhood growing up with step-father Harry Karl (Karl's shoes), Michael Jackson (which gave me a very different p.o.v. on him), Elizabeth Taylor, and her absent father Eddie Fisher.

Her writing is very disjointed and fragmented. I couldn't follow much of what she wrote as it seemed to be made up of related but incomplete thoughts. I'd like to think that her writing style (or lack thereof) is a side effect of the ECT, but if I remember correctly her first biography, "Wishful Drinking", was much the same way. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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. ( )
  moopet | Jul 25, 2015 |
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Bad news . . .

. . . for anyone who thought Carrie Fisher had finally stopped talking about herself: Sorry, but after all of her seemingly endless blathering on about her nose-bleedhigh- class problems, it appears she has yet another brand-new problem to overshare about (though don’t expect to relate to it). This time, the electro-convulsive shock therapy she’s been regularly undergoing is threatening to wipe out (what’s left of) her memory.

But get ready for a shock of your own. Not only doesn’t she mind paying the second electric bill, but she loves the high-voltage treatments. In fact, she gets a real charge out of them. She can’t get enough. In fact, this might even be a brand-new addiction for her. But before she can truly commit herself to it in the long term, she’d better get some of those more nagging memories of hers on paper.

It’s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that weren’t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more.

Why? Because she wants you to someday be able to remind her about how Elizabeth Taylor settles a score and the scatological wonders of shoe tycoons. She doesn’t want to forget about how she and Michael Jackson became friends or how she ended up sparring with none other than Ted Kennedy on a dinner date. And she especially wants to preserve her memories of Eddie Fisher—what their relationship really was and the beautiful story it turned out to be in the end.

Yes, of course, Shockaholic is laugh-out-loud funny, acerbic, and witty as hell. But it also reveals a new side of Carrie Fisher that may even bring a pleasant shock your way: it is contemplative, vulnerable, and ultimately quite tender.

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The electro-convulsive shock therapy she's been regularly undergoing is threatening to wipe out (what's left of) Fisher's memory. This might even be a brand-new addiction for her. But before she can truly commit herself to it in the long term, she decided to get some of those more nagging memories of hers on paper.… (more)

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