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Moms Must Read: Books, Carrie Fisher, and Mental Illness

 

Moms Must Read: Books, Carrie Fisher, 
and Mental Illness

2016 saw the demise of many celebrities and just when you thought the tragedy was over, Carrie Fisher and her beloved mother, Debbie Reynolds, died within days of each other. You might think you know Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia from Star Wars but what you might not know is that according to Wikipedia, growing up she was known as a bookworm. Fisher’s penchant for books may explain why she wrote several books, often bestsellers. Fisher wrote about her addiction, wrote fiction, and also became a mental health advocate. Following are four books penned by Carrie Fisher that you might not know about. 

1.  The Princess Diarist 
by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist was Fisher’s latest release, having just been published in October. 

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

How interesting and tragic it would be to read Fisher’s words so near to the end of her life. She was so young when she wrote these journals; I’m sure it will be an interesting read to compare young Carrie’s thoughts with older Carrie’s thoughts. Makes me want to dig out my old journals and take a look. Although that thought also makes me shudder. 

Read More:  Ask Rene: Should I Worry About My Ex’s New Wife’s Mental Health?

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2. Wishful Drinking
by Carrie Fisher

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. “But it isn’t all sweetness and light sabres.” Alas, aside from a demanding career and her role as a single mother (not to mention the hyperspace hairdo), Carrie also spends her free time battling addiction, weathering the wild ride of manic depression and lounging around various mental institutions.

What appeals to me about Wishful Drinking is that celebrities lives seem to be so charmed and so perfect; when in reality they are not usually anything like fairytales and Fisher reveals the sad and tragic life she led, which is so different from the Hollywood ideal. I mean, how can you have a normal life when your step mother is Elizabeth Taylor?  She also discusses manic depression for which she becomes an advocate. 

Read More: Parents: Would You Offer Your Kids Sips Of Alcohol At Home? (Poll)

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3. Shockaholic
by Carrie Fisher

Another autobiography Shockaholic appears to detail her life from Star Wars on, as Wishful Drinking covered her life from birth to Star Wars with more honest and funny bits about her celebrity life. 

Read More: Kid’s Questions: I’m Feeling Suicidal

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4. Postcards from the Edge
by Carrie Fisher

Fisher also wrote fiction, did you know? Postcards from the Edge, which was also turned into a movie, features a young Hollywood actress who finds herself in rehab for addiction. Clearly this is a world that Fisher knows about and uses her wit to write a successful debut novel. Might be worth checking the movie out on Netflix.

Read More: When Someone You Love is an Addict: Things You Can Do for Them and You Too

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Following Postcards from the Edge, Fisher wrote several more novels, although not as well received. To some she will always be Princess, or more recently, General Leia, but to many women she will be the champion of mental health and women’s issues. Her beloved service dog Gary even has his own Instagram account which I think shows Fisher’s great sense of humor. I think everyone could benefit from reading a book or two of Fisher’s. She’s certainly led a full life and has overcome many obstacles.  

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