It’s important to understand icons we’ve lost. Carrie Fisher, better known as Princess Leia, or Debbie Reynold’s daughter, tells it like it is in her memoir, Wishful Drinking. Her raunchy language and blunt descriptions lead the reader in all different kinds of directions. She doesn’t skirt around the horrible events of her life; instead, she plays them off as plainly as she possibly can. She spends a great deal of the book talking about her family, and while you can tell she’s trying to be civil with her words, hints of anger are everywhere. She clearly didn’t make peace with a lot of people.
Fisher, however, spends a great deal talking two important topics: substance abuse and mental illness. Fisher struggled with these for years. In this memoir, she tells her readers exactly how those two affected her life, and how she felt. Her descriptions are simple, and still get the point across. The nice thing about all of it is that you can tell she’s not asking for pity. She doesn’t want people to feel sorry for her because of her decisions, or the things she couldn’t control. She seemed to only want people to understand how her mind worked, and why she made the decisions she did.
Fisher held nothing back when she wrote this book. She insults politics, exes, other celebrities, and even herself. She gives her audience an organic testimony of her life. If you’ve been reading a lot of politically-correct novels recently, stop what you’re doing and read Fisher’s memoir. It’s a refreshing way to look at the world while flipping it off, which is probably what she was doing with her left hand the whole time she wrote this book.