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Review: Shockaholic

November 15, 2011

After other treatments failed, Carrie Fisher turned to electroconvulsive therapy for her bi-polar disorder.   It turns out she likes it and the treatments seem to be working, but they affect her memory, so she decided she needs to write some things down before she forgets them.  The result is her new book, Shockaholic.

Fisher isn’t afraid to take on controversial subjects in this book – she writes of her relationships with her father, Michael Jackson, and Elizabeth Taylor, her mother’s second marriage, as well as what people will tolerate for a brush with celebrity, among other things.  She doesn’t sugarcoat things, so doesn’t always present herself or others in the best light.  Readers get an idea of what it’s really like to grow up in a show business environment, and believe me when I say, it’s not always pretty.

This is a hard book to describe and topics are explored in a seemingly random order, but I still found it oddly compelling.  Fisher shares her problems but also shares the fact that she knows it’s hard for most people to feel sorry for her.  At times bawdy, but always honest, Fisher grabs reader’s attention from the start and won’t let go.  She doesn’t take herself too seriously and I found her pretty darn funny.  I found myself laughing and then feeling guilty for it.

I enjoyed Fisher’s voice and felt like she could be a friend.  It sounds like she’s on a path to healing and I hope she continues that way.  I was fascinated with this book, but I’m not sure it would be for everyone – look for it if you enjoy memoirs and taking a peek into the lives of the rich and famous.  There is some language that may offend some people.  Fisher reads the audio version of this book and after listening to this excerpt I think it would be a great way to experience this fun book – you may not want to listen to the excerpt in front of your kids.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
33 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2011 5:55 am

    I haven’t read the first of her memoirs, but this sounds fun….

  2. November 15, 2011 6:46 am

    Sounds like a good mix of humor and honesty. I might go with the audio.

  3. November 15, 2011 7:13 am

    WOW I wasn’t aware of this. I am now curious.

  4. November 15, 2011 8:19 am

    I wonder if she is really wrote the book for the reasons that she said she did, or if it’s just a way to garner more publicity for it. I do know that electroshock interferes with your memories and remembering, but I just have such a hard time believing that people would choose that for themselves! It seems so extreme! I need to read this one!

  5. November 15, 2011 8:39 am

    I saw her in that interview…she is quite unique!!!

  6. November 15, 2011 9:45 am

    Holy cow she doesn’t look anything like herself in the video! Surgery maybe?

  7. November 15, 2011 9:48 am

    I’m really curious about this book. I might have to check it out.

  8. November 15, 2011 10:14 am

    I know she is Princess Leah but I will always love her in When Harry Met Sally. And I do admire her for her ballsy attitude toward everything. I’m off to see if my library has this on audio. She has to be totally great as a narrator.

  9. November 15, 2011 10:26 am

    Wishful Drinking was the first book I reviewed on my blog. Hilarious! This sounds like a great follow-up.

  10. November 15, 2011 11:02 am

    Carrie Fisher seems like a poster child for all the reasons it’s awful, absolutely awful to grow up the child of celebrities. I feel badly for her for that and her bipolar disease and her “ET” and the treatment that made her look like a zombie because she can’t move her upper lip. She just makes me sad.

  11. November 15, 2011 11:02 am

    I love how honest and funny Carrie is. I have seen her on a few talk shows and she just lays it all out there! I may have to check out this book. I’ll bet the audio is excellent!

  12. November 15, 2011 11:31 am

    I tried to read her first book and couldn’t finish, which was pretty telling considering how short it was. It would usually be just the type of book I would love, but I hated her writing style.

  13. November 15, 2011 11:52 am

    I might consider reading this one, very interesting.

  14. November 15, 2011 12:13 pm

    I’m back to say welcome to What’s in a Name 5. Can’t wait to see what titles you find to fit the categories.

  15. November 15, 2011 12:18 pm

    Great review, Kathy! I love the title of the book. 🙂

  16. November 15, 2011 7:54 pm

    I thought you might enjoy this one! You and your memoirs.

  17. November 15, 2011 8:23 pm

    From what I’ve seen, she is brutally honest and down-to-earth but funny … just the kind of celebrity memoir I want to read!

  18. November 15, 2011 9:03 pm

    I like her in some roles, and find many parts of her life sad and difficult. I’m not sure I’ll read, but it would make an entertaining audio I’m sure. I like your honesty in this review :).

  19. November 15, 2011 9:03 pm

    She has a tough life (yes, despite the fame and fortune); good that humor helps get her through!

  20. November 15, 2011 9:05 pm

    Carrie Fisher always has a tendency to mix the profanity with genuine honesty. Sometimes she annoys me, but I tend to find her refreshing. Might have to pick this one up in audio form.

  21. November 15, 2011 9:20 pm

    I had no idea they still did shock therapy. That seems like such an antiquated, dangerous treatment.

  22. November 15, 2011 10:07 pm

    I’ve admired Carrie Fisher in the past. I’m sorry to hear she’s having a bad time but it sounds like she’s gettihg her act together.

  23. November 15, 2011 10:56 pm

    I’m glad to hear you found this one entertaining as I think I have this one coming and I really had no idea what to expect!

  24. November 15, 2011 11:10 pm

    This is definitely one that I want to read! I love memoirs, and celebrity memoirs especially.

  25. November 16, 2011 12:06 am

    I find Carrie compelling but haven’t read her books yet (loved her on 30 Rock!). I don’t know if this will be the one I start with, but glad you liked it.

  26. November 16, 2011 11:29 am

    I hadn’t really considered reading this, but it sounds like a memoir I might enjoy.

  27. November 16, 2011 1:31 pm

    I read a previous nonfiction book by her, and then she wrote a screenplay of it. It was the first movie I’d ever seen that was better than the book. Postcards From the Edge.

  28. November 16, 2011 6:48 pm

    I like that she is honest, even when she doesn’t look good in the process.

  29. November 16, 2011 8:13 pm

    I wouldn’t usually be interested, but the bluntness and overt honesty in this book will probably hold my interest. I’ll probably look for it.

  30. November 16, 2011 10:42 pm

    I love books like this!! Thanks for the review!

  31. November 17, 2011 1:05 pm

    I adore Carrie Fisher and had forgotten that she had a new memoir out. And yes her language is sometimes raw and her humor biting, but I love that she is so outspokenly candid! I am definitely adding this on my TBR pile.

  32. November 17, 2011 1:47 pm

    Definitely going to look for the audio version! Laughed out loud and then felt guilty. Hmmm–kind of like rubbernecking at a really bad accident–just can’t look away? Thanks for the heads up on this one Kathy.

  33. November 19, 2011 3:14 am

    I do like the sound of this one, Kathy. I enjoy memoirs and I’m quite sure I’d like this book. Thanks for sharing!

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