“Wishful Drinking” by Carrie Fisher


NOTE: This is not a book review; these are just my thoughts–which may wander.

I just re-read this, and I’m not sure I liked it as much as the first time I read it. It’s still good though. A quick and fun read.

Having suffered from bipolar, Fisher talks a lot about that. I’m not sure she portrayed bipolar folks in a positive way, however. She refers to all of the crazy stunts she’s pulled, and attributes them to bipolar. At least that’s the impression I got. I’m sure she really experienced these circumstances, but they’re so over-the-top. I’d give examples, but I don’t want to give spoilers.

Anyway, it would have been nice if she emphasized that not all bipolar people are like that. Though an advocate against stigma, her story doesn’t normalize people who suffer from mental illness.

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  1. Yes, I did feel like she overemphasized her excesses. But parts were really funny. Mostly I appreciated that she was willing to put herself out there and talk in a personal way about bipolar. Have you read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren?

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