Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher–Feb 2017 BOTM

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  • #3806

    GWTW1939
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    Carrie Fisher’s recent death reminded me that I’ve always wanted to read “Postcards from the Edge.” Hope you all get a chance to pick it up.

    #3830

    GWTW1939
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    Sorry ladies, there doesn’t seem to be an E-version of this book out there. I went ahead & bought the paperback, so that’s what I’m going with. Scott can’t blame me for bringing another book into the house on this one!! 🙂 I’ll bet it’s easy to find used or hopefully in your library.

    #3851

    GWTW1939
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    We did end up getting an E-version. Check your Email! I’m about half way done, and am enjoying it. It’s a very easy read, and a shorter book, so it’s moving pretty fast for me.

    #3871

    GWTW1939
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    Done. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read, and it was fast. That’s always a bonus for me.

    I felt like Carrie Fisher was talking to me while reading, and that was fun. You can really feel her spirit in the book. She definitely captured the addiction struggle well, as she dealt with it in her own life. A lot of the book was about figuring out relationships, and her struggles with that as well. Toward the end of the book, when Suzanne is talking with her friend Lucy, Carrie exactly captured what I was feeling for much of the book. Just the overall sense that Hollywood people are a bunch of spoiled, entitled, pretentious brats with loads of First World problems. I feel like that about “Hollywood” or showbiz in general. I can’t imagine being in that life, nor would I ever want to. It doesn’t sound appealing at all. As a therapist person, I want to empathize with them as people. But, it’s awfully hard to feel bad for them sometimes. There is so much craziness that goes along with the industry, but much of it is of their own making. A lot of it doesn’t even seem “real.” It’s like one giant Woody Allen movie. Suzanne was never freaking happy with anything in life, and was always a head case about something. And it drove me crazy as a reader. People who are constantly down or unhappy or having problems are tough for me to connect with and empathize with. But, it’s Carrie speaking through Suzanne, and I feel like that the book probably paralleled her life in many ways.

    Now, the movie is definitely different. I haven’t seen it in years, so I need to revisit it. But, I remember it being more about Suzanne and her mom.

    #3906

    Maryrose S
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    I passed on this BOTM. I’m one of the very very very few people, I’m sure, that hasn’t watched Star Wars. I know – I lived under a rock I guess. lol I know snippets of it. I know what an ewok is and the general story but I’ve never actually watched the movies.

    #3911

    GWTW1939
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    LOL Mary, hey, at least you know what an Ewok is 🙂 I grew up with the Star Wars movies, even saw the 3rd in a drive-in back in California! We had toys, bed sheets, all the good stuff. I’ve watched it off & on over the years, but I’m definitely not a major Star Wars freak. I spend too much energy already being an old movie freak 🙂 It has been so fun to share Star Wars with Rhett though. He got into it about 2 years ago, once he was old enough to really follow the movies. Now he loves it. I can’t wait to take him to see the next movie in December.

    Carrie’s story is still worth a read if you ever get the chance. Obviously, the book isn’t about Star Wars, or even Carrie directly. But, I think her fictional character Suzanne is a part of herself. I really like Hollywood stories and am both horrified and fascinated by them. It’s like the movie Valley of the Dolls–I’ cringe when I watch it, but can’t turn it off, haha! Being an old movie lover, I obviously loved Debbie Reynolds and am also fascinated by Carrie and Debbie’s relationship. Which is what the Postcards movie is more based on. If you ever get a chance, check out the movie.

    #3912

    Maryrose S
    Keymaster

    It’s definitely in my back pocket. I just have to finish Hidden Figures. 🙂

    #3921

    bkat
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    I thought I was doing really well with this one, even figured I’d be finished before the end of February. And then I got sick last week. Messed with my reading time and even my want to read. I’m over halfway but not quite 2/3 of the way through.

    LOL Mary. You’re not the only person I know who hasn’t seen Star Wars (my college roommate hasn’t seen them either and her hubby is a huge fan). They’re Carrie’s best known, but she was also in When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and her Sisters. As G said, the book isn’t even remotely Star Wars but it is semi-autobiographical. Hollywood stories fascinate me in a can’t turn away from a train wreck kind of way and this fits that description to a tee.

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