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Publisher's Summary

2018 GRAMMY® Award for Best Spoken Word Album 

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher's intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

PEOPLE magazine Best Book of Fall 2016

New York Times Best-seller  

Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, featuring Carrie Fisher, is scheduled for release on December 15, 2017. Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds debuted on HBO in January 2017. 

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 teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher's intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time - and what developed behind the scenes. Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience. 

©2016 Carrie Fisher (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

People Magazine’s Best Book of Fall 2016

“Fisher offers a thoughtful, sardonic meditation on the price of fame, cost-of-living adjustments included.” (J.D. Biersdorfer, The New York Times Book Review)

“Characteristically frank and unflinching, funny and true...The Princess Diarist is about a woman’s relationship with desire - her own, and of others’ for her - writ large, as large as Star Wars.” (Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Jezebel.com)

“In her funny and frequently touching new memoir The Princess Diarist, the iconic Star Wars actress and author reveals the diaries she kept as a 19-year-old starring in the blockbuster sci-fi film.... It’s an eye-opener for fans, but it also shows a gifted writer even at a young age. There was a lot going on between Princess Leia’s hair buns.” (Brian Truitt, USA Today

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The Things You Wanted to Know

The things you wanted to know about Princess Leia and how Carrie Fisher felt about Princess Leia are here. How Leia formed Carrie, Carrie shaped Leia, Debbie influenced Carrie, how Harrison affected Carrie, and how Carrie as Leia formed a generation- my generation.

Those of us who were children when Star Wars came out, we who were raised on the films. Those of us raised by women who themselves had just missed women's liberation by a few years. We little girls who sat in front of that giant silver screen with upturned faces, learning.

We soaked in the knowledge that a girl could be pretty AND smart, quiet AND bold. Enslaved then free an entire galaxy. We learned to appreciate the strength of men without taking any crap from them. We felt the Force within us, quietly waiting, knowing it was there when we needed it.

It wasn't just Leia who taught us. We learned from the way Carrie lived her life, who she became, what space slugs of her own she slayed. How she fought mental illness, how she loved, the way she observed the world with wit, humor, and sass.

Princess, teacher, role model, icon, truth. Thank you, Carrie Fisher.

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Celebrity Realist

Having Billie Lourd step in and read in the voice of the young Carrie was very impactful. Having Carrie read the bulk of the book drove home how personal a book like this is. Her perspective is heartfelt, and entertaining.

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Come for the headlines, stay for the whole story

So, I am one who didn't get this book because of the pre-release hype of the "illicit" affair.

Spoiler, if you haven't seen or read anything else about this book, yes she talks about the affair with Ford, but no, she doesn't go into any detail if that's what you are after.

No, I was hoping for some hidden untold story from forgotten recollections of the filming of the first Star Wars movie from 1976 that would be revealed by a key actor.
Hmmm, not so much actually.
These are the recollections of Carrie Fisher of her own life and times during the time from just before being selected to play Leia and what her life quickly became after.

I had not ever listened to anything written by Carrie Fisher before this. And, after listening to her writing and her narration of her story, the ONLY one who could really narrate it!, I realized I had been missing her genuine good writing and comedic skills.
I had always known about about her later years battles with family, drugs and alcohol and just didn't think what she'd write would be very good, even though she's had plays and movies made from her writings.
I was wrong in that assumption and I really enjoyed listening to her views and opinions on what she had written about here.

I also thought it was excellent to have her own daughter, Billie Lourd, read the actual excerpts of her diary included in this book towards the end. In doing that, I think, it gave a flashback style and sounding more like it was Fisher herself at the time she was writing her thoughts and observations into her diary.
Very good!

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Unflinching, powerful, brilliant, and heartfelt...

I've never read or heard anyone speak so openly and eloquently about their feelings. Her wit, strength, and heart shine in all of her books- here though especially. I wept when Billie began reading her mother's words. Her delivery was so fluid it was chilling. I'd known that scathing, self loathing voice for some time in my own head. Imagine knowing that voice could drop in for a visit at any time, or that you could hear it continually whispering somewhere nearby... Carrie's writings helped me understand not just herself, but my wife's difficulties and fears, and my own. Carrie Fisher will always be a great inspiration to me. She was, and is, a true hero.

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Carrie finds her diarys~ excellent 5 STARS~

PLOT: Carrie Fisher finds the diary's under her floor boards and gives us a look back at Star Wars and beyond~

Carrie Fisher is both an actress and author. She is also admits to addictions of several kinds and being bipolar. She finds her diary she kept during the making of Star Wars. Carrie begins with her debut in the movie Shampoo with Warren Beatty. She is very funny and "eager' to make it as an actress. She also 'reads' for the part in an Space Movie we come to know as Star Wars. Her close up look at George Lucas and how he gave her the chance of a life time. The diary then moves to England where Star Wars was filmed. Being 19 and very naïve let alone the only female in the crew. Her focus in this book is her relationship with Harrison Ford who saves her from a drunken encounter with the UK film crew. The end result is a 3 month affair between the two. Ford was married at the time and Fisher was not. This is an excellent look into the past with Fisher as the author of the fast moving and funny/sad look at the "affair". Carrie shares her brilliant use of words and at times meandering look at her life and times of the late 1970s. She includes some hysterical looks at how age and time have made her (Carrie Fisher) as she refers as a "lap dancer/ media whore" who signs autographs for money to stay financially solvent. Her view of the events at the photo/book signings is very funny and often brilliant. Her humor is expressed with a diverse use of swear words and descriptive phrase and voices. I love this lady. She also oddly enough brings up a look at her own "mortality" as part of the view of her sarcastic look at autograph hounds. This is an excellent bio. Carrie is very good at both writing and narration of this book. Her daughter Billie Lourds also narrates a brief section of some reflections on the Harrison Ford old feelings and relationship. 5 STARS~ wish it were longer. Glad she wrote it.

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Rest In Peace

Listening to this book made me want to read her earlier books about her life. This was an okay read for me, but it was cool hearing some of the stories.

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So grateful

I laughed! I cried! (A lot) How lucky are we to have this? She is so filled with gratitude and appreciation for Princess Leia and embraces her destiny as the first heroine of her generation. Listening to this book was also unsettling. There are many many startling prophetic references to her own death, etc. It is a definite must read for any Star Wars fan.

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As Colorful as Carrie herself

Carrie Fishers recent passing has bound to create a new interest in her writings. In this, her last book, we get to see Carrie in true form. From her musings as a girl trying to figure out her way as an actress, the reveal of her affair with Harrison Ford and learning how to be Carrie as much as Lea . Each recollection is filled with as much wit and detail you would expect from her. She uses her language beautifully in her writings and still comes off as a relatable woman learning to love herself. I only say to listen to the audio book because Carrie herself reads it. Just hearing her voice again slightly fills the hole left by her passing. This truly is a beautiful book for everyone who loved her as a person, as well as a good reminder that she was so much more than that princess from space. Thank you Carrie, we all miss you so much.

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Should have been shorter.

Half of this novel is awesome. It was funny, entertaining, and held my interest on every word. Sections of it I wanted to rewind and listen to again. However the other half of it just felt like she was rambling and I found myself fast-forwarding.

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Tedious

I did not finish the book and do not intend to. I got through more than 3/5 ths of it, but I found it too tedious to continue. I started with great enthusiasm and was enjoying listening to Carrie read the first portion of the audio personally. However, her style slowly grew irritating to me as she seems to over-emphasize, and be practically yelling almost constantly. Trying to listen to the narration in the car, I was constantly having to turn the volume up and down as she goes from nearly a whisper to yelling for emphasis. She seemed to be trying too hard to be witty. While she was obviously an intelligent, funny, and witty person, and her narrative definitely has its moments, on the whole it very much seemed to be trying too hard.

I wasn't aware (didn't read the summary closely enough) that the bulk of the book (her actual diaries) was read by someone else. While their vocal style was considerably more professional, the content of the diaries was very tedious to me. Her descriptions, did give some deep insight into her character, what she was struggling with in those days, and some fun anecdotes about her life & activities. However, the bulk of it was a constant rehearsal of all her self-doubt and philosophizing about the same issues over and over to the point that I lost interest and it simply became too tedious to continue. It seemed she thrived on self-doubt and rehearsed it over and over trying to put more words around it and find ever more witty ways to express it. Perhaps it was therapeutic to her personally to write this way in her diaries. I hope so. But to listen to it being read wasn't something I enjoyed or found any desire to continue.

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  • 03-24-19

Interesting, funny, honest

The diaries and recollections of the time immediately before, during and after (the fame) the filming of the first Star Wars (A New Hope) in Carrie Fisher's very own voice. Precious, funny, interesting, characteristically honest.

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  • Darren Burbridge
  • 03-05-19

Loved it

Brilliant book with great anecdotes. Wonderfully read and performed too. I cannot recommend this enough for people interested in Carrie and Star Wars. Will most probably listen again

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  • Ms. M. Considine
  • 08-02-18

very enjoyable for any fan of Carrie Fisher

Very enjoyable for any fan of Carrie Fisher. I found the diary excepts a bit cringy but then so did Fisher

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  • Ann
  • 03-03-17

loved loved loved

funny, revealing, amazing; Carrie is a legend - great insights for Star Wars and Carrie Fisher fans

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  • Frannie JellyBean
  • 01-09-17

Storytelling Over Coffee

If you have ever hung out with a group of people, friends or developing friends, you tell stories. Carrie Fisher presents her Stars Wars past in this manner. She tells stories that make you feel you are getting to know her. Likeable stories, acted out by the original herself.

Not great literature but great coffee chat.