Wishful Drinking

Wishful Drinking
Cover shows what appears to be Carrie Fisher's character Princess Leia, slumped over and holding a martini glass.
Author Carrie Fisher & Joshua Ravetch
Audio read by Carrie Fisher
Country United States
Language English
Genre Humor
Autobiography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
December 2, 2008
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 163 (hardback edition)
ISBN 1-4391-0225-2 (hardback edition)
OCLC 232979321
791.43028092 22
LC Class PS3556.I8115 Z46 2008
Followed by Shockaholic

Wishful Drinking is an autobiographical humor book by American actress and author Carrie Fisher, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Fisher's book was based on her one-woman stage show, which she developed with writer/director Joshua Ravetch. The author, who died on December 27, 2016, had written the following comment in the book, and it was widely published by the news media after her death:

Now I think that this would make for a fantastic obit—so I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra. [1]

The show debuted at The Geffen Playhouse with Ravetch directing. It enjoyed a successful Broadway run and then toured in other cities. In 2010, HBO filmed a feature-length documentary of the stage play.

Book reception

Wishful Drinking received generally positive reviews from critics. The January 2009 New York Times review described it as a "funny, sardonic little memoir", but "pretty slight, padded out with big type, extra space between the lines and some family photographs, and it displays at times an almost antic need to entertain. The paragraphs are short, and the jokes – the puns, the wisecracks, the deadpan one-liners – come rattling along at the rate of one every other sentence or so." [2] Salon.com reviewer Rebecca Traister found the book quite funny in large part, but was disappointed that "instead of pushing aside the twinkling craziness of her outside life to meaningfully reveal the crazy on the inside, as she has always done so well, Fisher is now gathering all the starry stuff around her for comfort and reassurance about who she is and what she means." [3]