Book Review: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

I thought I’d start writing review for books I’ve read that have a focus on mental illness. First up is Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, a well known sufferer of bipolar disorder.

I love Carrie Fisher, and I’m all for the way she so candidly talks about mental illness but the book itself was kind of disjointed. Maybe in a way that’s fitting, considering the subject matter, or maybe it was the way Carrie wrote as if transcribing from one big monologue, complete with numerous digressions. Later on in the book, she mentions that she’ll now remember her one-woman show because she’s ‘written it down’ and then everything made a lot more sense. This is sort of a written down memoir-based comedy set. It was definitely funny in parts but I think would be a lot more so if performed/spoken aloud.

Despite this, it did have several great quotes, one of them being from the author’s note:

At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.
3 out of 5 stars

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