Shockaholic

Shockaholic

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743264839
9780743264822
0743264827
Branch Call Number: 791.43028 F531a2 2011
Characteristics: ix, 162 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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MplsTA
Sep 18, 2017

I have read a few of her other books. I enjoyed them all. I especially liked her stories about her step father Harry Karl. What a piece of work! Some laugh out loud moments.

KateHillier Mar 15, 2016

Another one sit read from Carrie Fisher. Still funny, still poignant, but what's a bit more heartbreaking with this book is that she's writing things down as a way to remember what her ECT treatments have the potential to blast away. She appears totally fine to trade out memories for stability and handles this fact of her short term memory being more than a little unreliable with humour and wit as usual.

Instead of multiple stories moving in chronological order she has a few big ones and the biggest one is her relationship with her father, Eddie Fisher, which really came into effect near the end of his life (he died in 2010). So, there's a bit of grief exorcising going on here as well.

So yes I gave this three stars but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading it. I just didn't enjoy it as much as Wishful Drinking.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 18, 2015

Didn't enjoy it at all. Disappointed. Trash to me.

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Basileus
Feb 27, 2012

Not as funny as her previous memoir, Wishful Drinking", Shockaholic is still a worthwhile read. I think this book has a lot more navel gazing than in her previous venture, but it is perfectly understandable since this book is basic tale of Carrie saying good bye to her father, Eddie Fisher, whom she hardly knew , and his final years. She also talks about her life such as her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor (the woman who stole her father), and Michael Jackson. She tells a very interesting atecdote about one of the litigants in the Jackson child abuse case and it makes you go hmmmmm? She also tells a not to pleasant story about Ted Kennedy that does him no credit. It's not a long read, so give it a chance for an evening.

DanniOcean Nov 28, 2011

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette. Dec. 1, 2011

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DanniOcean Nov 28, 2011

Actress, author, screenwriter, drug addict, alcoholic, headcase: Carrie Fisher is a success in all of these things. Performer of a successful one-woman show based upon her successful book. Successful screenwriter of Postcards from the Edge and a number of television movies. Successful actress in When Harry Met Sally and of course, the original Star Wars trilogy as the spirited Princess Leia. That's Stratford's own 6-degrees of separation, by the way - she starred with sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan, who starred in the very first season of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. I digress. Actually, Ms. Fischer does a lot of digressing in her latest memoir, Shockaholic. At least, she seems to, but she does tie up her threads, so don't be tempted to skip around. Her memoir starts out with an examination of her own obsession with getting electro-convulsive shock therapy, the stuff of any number of horror movies which has actually come a long way since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used as a last-resort treatment for those with severe depression and / or addictions, Ms. Fisher honestly reports on the effects of this therapy (memory-loss being the most significant side-affect) before moving on to addressing subjects that got her to such a point in her life. The aforementioned Princess Leia haunts her still, as does the deaths of several close friends who she feels she could have saved. She reveals much about her fractured relationships that had at their roots, her father, Eddie Fisher. A recap: Eddie was married to Debbie Reynolds, they had Carrie and her brother. Elizabeth Taylor stole Eddie, then dumped him and he married Connie Stevens. So into Carrie's very early life came fame, scandal, step-parents and step-siblings, and more fame, all of which she was incapable of handling very well. For all of her self-indictment, this memoir is actually shows quite a bit of healing going on - her acceptance and friendship with Elizabeth Taylor for instance, and especially the repaired, if somewhat still wonky, relationship with her father in the years before his death. This is not a cozy memoir, by any means - Ms. Fisher has a potty-mouth, shows a penchant for shock-value, and examines some uncomfortable subjects - i.e. how hard it is to escape addictions and how easy it is to form them. Personal photos dot the memoir, often with wildly funny captions, making Shockaholic a quick, satisfying read (or listen, in the case of the audio book) for anyone fascinated by celebrity or facing their own personal demons. For best results, read following her previous memoir, Wishful Drinking.

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