The Princess Diarist

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The Princess Diarist
The Princess Diarist cover.jpg
AuthorCarrie Fisher
Audio read byCarrie Fisher
CountryUnited States
PublisherBlue Rider Press
Publication date
November 22, 2016
Preceded byShockaholic 

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]


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]


  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.