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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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Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher (2011)


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Shockaholic is similar in style, tone and length to Wishful Drinking, and contains a series of loosely connected essays about Fisher’s life. Here, she talks a little bit more about her electro-convulsive treatments and how they do obliterate her memory. However, that isn’t really the thrust of this biography as it’s only really mentioned at the beginning.

A theme running through these essays is death as Fisher recounts losing friends and loved ones, which makes for sadly poignant reading after Fisher’s own tragic passing. I do feel the essays here have a bit more depth and emotional weight to them then they did in Wishful Drinking, as Fisher goes into more detail this time around, despite the book having a similarly short length. Topics include her holding her own at a dinner with senators, her friendship with the late Michael Jackson, and her relationship with her father and how it changed over the course of her life.

Some favourite quotes:

”Oh sure, I’d be thin, too, if I starved myself and spent a tragically huge portion of the day jogging and/or hurling myself ever forward, drenched in sweat and downward dogging my sunrise salutations, before moving on to Pilates sessions filled with far-from-free weights. Sure, if I did all that, it would be virtually impossible not to resemble a busty clothespin. But to be a feast for an army of snacking eyes requires devoting yourself on the one hand and forcing yourself on the other.

“There’s a breed of women in Hollywood who wander among us looking very tense and very mad. Of course they’re angry. Who wouldn’t be enraged about having to ensure you’re looking an age you haven’t been in a generation? Regarding the concept of letting yourself go, shouldn’t we be able to at some point?”
(p. 29-30)


”When I got the part of a princess in this goofy little science fiction film, I thought, what the fuck, right? It’ll be fun to do. I’m nineteen! Who doesn’t want to have fun at nineteen? I’ll go hang out with a bunch of robots for a few months and then return to my life and try to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. ... But then this goofy, little three-month hang-out with robots did something unexpected - it misbehaved. It did something no movie had ever really done before. It exploded across the firmament of pop culture, taking all of us along with it. It tricked me into becoming a star all on my who-gives-a-shit own.” (p. 58-59) ( )
  catfantastic | Feb 12, 2017 |
Still had credit with Audible, so got this. Interesting about the shock therapy. Then ending with telling about her history with her dad. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 5, 2017 |
This was much better than her Wishful Drinking book, which was more or less just a revisiting of her play/HBO special.

Picked this up at the library just after her death to finish out my year (and to make my goal for the year - 85 books read). Like Wishful Drinking this was a quick, easy, fun, breezy read.

This one begins by going into shock treatment/therapy and how that relates/helps her. From there it goes very heavily into the subject of death. Both with her friends over the years, and then Michael Jackson -- before segueing to the final (and very long) chapter devoted to her dad and his death.

It was kind of interesting reading this just after her death and in that the novel primarily discusses death -- be it her friends, Michael Jackson, or her father. (And even her own death if/when it should happen .... which unfortunately was late December 2016).

I found Shockaholic to be much more touching and personal than Wishful Drinking, and I think this delved deeper into the real person of Carrie Fisher - in a far better and more meaningful (and more complicated) way.

Definitely would recommend this for any Fisher fan, or Star Wars fan, or someone who enjoys Hollywood 'tell-alls'. ( )
1 vote BenKline | Jan 21, 2017 |
3.5 ( )
  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. ( )
1 vote melydia | Jul 29, 2016 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:15 -0400)

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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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