Monday, December 01, 2008

Totally Unsolicited Review of a Book That I Paid Full Price For

carrie-fisher-wishful-drinking-carrie-fisher-legs-carrie-fisher-bio-carrie-fisher-amputationOn Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we were all pretty much useless. Wiping up mashed potatoes and cleaning thirty-people's-worth of dishes can really take it out of you, and I had vowed to declare it Stay In Your Pajamas All Day day, to which Rigel replied, "Well, just Saturday to you." Why, if I wasn't so exhausted I would have slapped him with that pie pan I had I just finished licking clean.

But he finally convinced me to get dressed by luring me out with the promise of a cappuccino, so an hour later we found ourselves at Barnes and Noble, sipping coffees and keeping an eye on the pervy-looking guy hanging around the teen section where our girls were. You know the one - bad skin, wearing a plaid shirt and trying to look interested in that book he's holding in his calloused hands. Mister, I don't know who you think you're fooling but there is no way in hell you're reading Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

(I swore up and down that I wouldn't buy any new books, since the stack of unread ones next to my bed is five feet tall. Hey look - there's this great new book called Shogun I've been meaning to read!)

But then I came across Carrie Fisher's new memoir, Wishful Drinking, and after perusing the first few pages I decided I had to buy it. She talks about her life as a child of Hollywood royalty, and this little bit is my favorite: It's about how her dad Eddie Fisher cheated on her mom, Debbie Reynolds with Elizabeth Taylor (who was married to Mike Todd at the time):

"...Mike Todd took off in a private plane in a rainstorm, and the following morning Elizabeth was a widow. Well, naturally my father flew to Elizabeth's side, gradually making his way slowly to her front. He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis."
You can see why I absolutely had to have this book, and I highly recommend that you get a copy for yourself. Or, I can lend you mine when I'm done - I need to make room for this other new book I've heard is great - Moby Dick.

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10 comments:

  1. Love unsolicited book reviews. I have read her earlier book, name escapes me, but funny.

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  2. I'm kinda crazy about Carrie Fisher, knowing full well that she's kinda crazy. That one paragraph was enough to make me want to go get the book. Maybe I'll put it on my Christmas list. Thanks!

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  3. I know not to judge a book by its cover, but I put this on my Christmas list based on the cover art alone (and I know she's an excellent writer). Obviously I haven't lived her life, but in a house with two crazy, Star Wars obsessed kids and a husband thrilled with their new love, I can relate to the picture.

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  4. Oh, sure, this after I tell my husband virtuously that I didn't want anything for Christmas.

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  5. Well that is an interesting take on widowhood.

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  6. At least he gave her flowers first.

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  7. Consoling Penis- I wonder how common it is amongst widows?

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  8. I would buy that book simply because we spell our names the same and I was Princess Lea for Halloween when I was seven. How's that for a good reason? :)

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  9. NorCal Sistah12/09/2008 9:43 AM

    What a great line -- put me on your list to read this book -- I love her sense of humor an enjoy her writing. Sometimes the best books are the ones you aren't looking for.

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