The Princess Diarist

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The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist cover.jpg
Author Carrie Fisher
Audio read by Carrie Fisher
Country United States
Language English
Genre Humor
Autobiography
Publisher Blue Rider Press
Publication date
November 22, 2016
Pages 272[1]
ISBN 0-399-17359-5
Preceded by Shockaholic

The Princess Diarist is a 2016 memoir written by Carrie Fisher, based on diaries she kept as a young woman around the time she starred in the 1977 film Star Wars. The book is the third memoir Fisher wrote, in addition to four novels and a one-woman Broadway show.[2] It is Fisher's final book, as she died five weeks after its release on December 27, 2016.[3]

The book describes Fisher's affair with co-star Harrison Ford in detail.[1] At the time of the relationship, Ford was married with two children and in his early 30s.[4]

Reception[edit]

The Washington Post's Sibbie O'Sullivan described the book as cringe-worthy, but said, "this memoir is also educational, if you overlook its authorial excesses."[1] Anthony Breznican writing in Entertainment Weekly gave the book a rating of B−, saying, "There isn't a lot of insight into the character or the creation of a movie that means so much to so many, but there's tremendous insight into the volatile heart of a young woman, seen through the eyes of her wiser, older self still seeking her place in the universe."[5]

In early January 2017, shortly after Fisher's death, it topped The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers.[6]

In 2017, the book was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work[7] and won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Sullivan, Sibbie (November 17, 2016). "Kissing Harrison Ford and other cringe-worthy moments in Carrie Fisher's book". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ Biersdorfer, J.D. (November 29, 2016). "Carrie Fisher Has More to Say About Her Life in 'Star Wars'". The New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (December 27, 2016). "Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia in 'Star Wars,' Dead at 60". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ Felsenthal, Julia (November 22, 2016). "Why Carrie Fisher's New Memoir Will Appeal to More Than Just Star Wars Fans". Vogue. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  5. ^ Breznican, Anthony (November 22, 2016). "The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher: EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ Cowles, Gregory (January 6, 2017). "The Story Behind This Week's Best Sellers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ "2017 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ Rodman, Sarah (November 28, 2017). "Carrie Fisher nets Grammy nod in spoken-word category, faces off with Springsteen and Bernie Sanders". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 28, 2017.