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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264822
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #836,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This too short snapshot of Carrie Fisher's recent turbulence is funny and tragic. It's too bad that the kick ass of Princess Leia (who in my opinion is a far better princess than Disney EVER invented) couldn't rub off a little more in her old-re age.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2012
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Carrie Fisher is very funny and writes well, in snappy sentences that go down like potato chips. And the effect is about as healthy. I got tired of the one-liners about her show-business upbringing. In case you haven't heard, her mom was Debbie Reynolds and her dad was Eddie Fischer, a couple she calls the "Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt" of their generation. But hey, in this case, you can judge this book by its cover: Carrie's still working her Princess Leia/Star Wars schtick over three decades after the fact. So far, so great, if you're a fan. I'd give the book three stars if not for one problem: she advocates electroshock therapy. Hah, hah, she's had so many treatments she forgets her way to the dressing room while on set. Well, if you're not a famous writer/actress/Hollywood princess, I'd suggest you read "Doctors of Deception" if you're considering following Carrie down that path. There's nothing funny about electroshock, which causes a closed head injury that releases masses of endorphins (hence the temporary feelings of euphoria), damages short-term memory, and lasts only as long as the worst of its effects do, about six months. Oh, except that cognitive impairment and memory loss can be permanent. Seems to me that if someone's abused their brain chemistry with illegal drugs and alcohol, psychiatric drugs and electrocution are a big no. It's okay of readers think I'm a judgmental you-know-what for saying this. And no, I haven't had electroshock myself. It's just that I've known people who have been subjected to electroshock, and because they're not celebrities with photographers and book contracts and editors to make them look good, their stories of horror and loss aren't often heard.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Michael Jackson, shock therapy, Jenny Craig mixed with humor.....who could resist? Nov. 3 2011
By Kcorn - Published on
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This review is based on the Kindle edition.

Reading a Carrie Fisher book is a wild trip indeed, full of stream of consciousness writing mixed with a strong dose of humor. The result? Revelations and opinions that are totally refreshing compared to so much tepid writing and so-called "confessions" out there.

Fisher can definitely NOT be described as tepid. Given the day and time she could be described as depressed or hyper, a loyal friend or a shopaholic. She fights to keep weight off and recently shed weight with the aid of (as Fisher puts it).." "my unexpected ship...the S.S. Jenny Craig." Yep, she used the Jenny Craig program in spite of the fact that she'd have to reveal her hefty body to the public before taking off the weight. Not an easy task.

But for me it is her unique humor that make her books, including Shockaholic, stand out from the crowd. Who else would write: "One could argue that by having regular ECT treatments, I'm paying two- that's right, two electric bills. One for the house and one for the head."

In between the humor are serious messages. Electroshock therapy may help when other depression treatments fail. Like so many others, Fisher was terrified to try it but it helped her immensely. With so many ashamed to admit that they struggle to remain semi-balanced and functioning, Shockaholic could take away some of the stigma.

Not that the book focuses only on electroshock treatments. Fisher doesn't avoid making fun of herself while sharing her views on a variety of topics. Michael Jackson. Elizabeth Taylor. The details of a wildly surreal conversation with Senator Kennedy. Memories of visiting Michael Jackson's Neverland estate.

In light of recent events (as of the book's publication), I found Fisher's info about Arnie Klein (Jackson's dermatologist) to be particularly intriguing. There is, in fact, a complete chapter on Michael Jackson and his super celebrity status as well as Fisher's experiences with Klein.

You never know what you'll find between the covers of a book written by Carrie Fisher. I always feel inspired as well as entertained by her writing. By her own admission, writing is therapeutic for her....and readers are the lucky recipients of some of that writing.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Carrie Fisher wows me yet again Nov. 4 2011
By Annie B - Published on
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I absolutely love Carrie Fisher's books, so I was thrilled to find she had a new one out. She is one of the funniest, bravest women ever. Not just anyone would open up on the subject of "shock" therapy (ECT) and I don't think anyone else could make it funny. Fisher manages to do so though, while at the same time being informative and shining a new light on the whole ECT process.

There's a lot more to this book, though. She dishes on Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, just to mention a few things. I felt I understood a lot of things much better. I also came to a much better understanding of just what a monster celebrity can be, especially when it robs people of their childhoods. Fisher's unflinching look into the world of fame, including her parents, is very enlightening.

And did I mention that she is funny?? She's hilarious! Fisher writes about really horrible issues and still manages to make them funny. She sure calls things as she sees them. Her humor may be off-putting to some readers, but I love her.

Overall, wonderful new memoir by a woman who has battled demons her whole life but has overcome them. A great, entertaining, informative read. I highly recommend it!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
short but sweet Nov. 17 2011
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Carrie Fisher, she of famous parents and Star Wars fame, has produced another short but engaging lump of memoirs. And by short I mean this is in the region of 160 pages and the print isn't small either. So you need to question the value for the price, but as to the content..

Ms Fisher has her daemons, but she remains articulate and witty with a sharp observational sense. She covers a number of different aspects in this, her shock therapy, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor and her parents in the main, her style is self-depreciating and humorous and she doesn't hold back. She comes over very well as a warm, caring and aware person whose addiction and depression problems are not hidden and are put into context. You kind of think that time in her company would be a real pleasure (although she has memory problems relating to the on-going shock therapy and she may not remember it!).

So short but entertaining, the insight to Jackson (and his dentist!) was probably the most interesting along with her tale of a dinner with a very famous senator! A combined volume of all her biographical writing would probably be fascinating, but the short chunk approach leaves you wanting more and feeling slightly short-changed.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Small Treasure Nov. 8 2011
By joseph - Published on
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I really liked this book. I've read all but one of Carrie Fisher's books and I find her to be uproariously funny, terrifically smart, and adorably self-deprecating.
This book, told in her singular voice, is slight but packed with surprising emotion and feeling. Ranging from such disparate subjects as ECT (or "shock treatment"-hence the title), to Michael Jackson, to her complicated relationship with her father, Shockaholic is a quick, but greatly satisfying, read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You Go Girl, Keep Telling Those Secrets in the Way That You Do! Jan. 5 2012
By Nancy Drew - Published on
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In my review of Wishful Drinking I wrote:

"To have such comedic timing and truth telling is a gift. A survivor's tool as well. Bless her heart. Reading between the lines I'd say Carrie Fisher has even a more profound truth telling book in her that is just calling out to be written, to share and to provide world wide healing."

Carrie takes a further step forward in telling more of the secrets. In continuing to do that, Carrie will find her complete healing. President Garfield said, "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."

Meanwhile along with the gut aching laughs Carrie has given me I share being touched by Star Wars in that as an expert witness testifying before a jury in a child death case the state's attorney asked me about Yoda. As Carrie wrote, "If this wasn't funny, it would just be true." Yoda must have been on the jury because they came back with an $11.7 million dollar judgment against the state.

Now in "Shockoholic" Carrie confirms a story I heard through a friend who had a relationship with a guy who swam in those high political circles. He brought his 14 year old daughter to a strategy meeting that included Senator Ted Kennedy. He reported Kennedy talked about his daughter in the same sexual predatory manner as Carrie describes in her book. As a good father that night he simply walked out and left that ugly world of politics for good.

Carrie knows so many secrets, in my opinion, that's what drags her down into depression or maybe there are still memories that she has suppressed. A studied show that out of a 129 women who were terribly assaulted when they were little, that as grown women 38% had totally buried the horrible assaults done to their little souls. Cory Feldman told us as a kid he and the other kids were surrounded by pedophiles in Hollywood.

To be able to tell some ugly truths and thread humor through it so we can hang in with the story is a gift. I hope Carrie keeps writing, keeps exposing the secrets, one more book at a time. Then my guess is she won't need shock treatments anymore. Carrie and others gave me the courage to write about some of the secrets I knew from being the insider, whistle blower on state government.

I hope Carrie knows how much joy she's brought to people lives by her storytelling. I teach a child abuse class. I apparently get good evaluations in the community, people talk. One class I forgot to mention Carrie Fisher and Wishful Drinking; and at the end of class a guy let me know about that, he'd been so looking forward to my Carrie Fisher story. I don't know what I said about Carrie, but it apparently was memorable and brought laughter in the middle of a class where I have to talk about sweet little children being abused.

So Carrie, you go girl.

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