The Princess Diaries

Carrie Fisher's memoir about being famous, drunk and crazy, all at the same time

Carrie Fisher is an anomaly in Hollywood: a demonstrably clever celebrity. (I say demonstrably because plenty of celebrities are extremely clever; they just tend to keep it to themselves.) Fisher is the author of four novels, several screenplays and two autobiographical one-woman shows. Now she's written a memoir, or rather adapted it from her show of the same name, Wishful Drinking (Simon & Schuster; 163 pages).

Fisher is, as she puts it, a "product of Hollywood inbreeding": her mother is Debbie Reynolds, and her father is the singer Eddie Fisher. After her father left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor, Fisher grew up...