BOOK REVIEW: Maggie O’Farrell “I Am, I Am, I Am”

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Author: Maggie O’Farrell

Genre: Memoir

My Rating: 4/5 stars


A book about 17 near-death experiences, what could possibly go wrong?

This book was both incredibly interesting and anxiety-inducing. I finished this book with an intense fear of the world and the people in it. There are so many horrible humans who are out to hurt others. The earth itself is full of hazards and animals and things that will kill you. I mean, you can’t read this book and not think about all the ways that you could have died already in your own life. All the near death experiences that you’ve had. It makes you feel so very mortal.

There were parts that made my skin crawl, chapters that made it difficult to breathe, whole segments that made your own heart beat faster for the narrator. There were some parts that dragged, but it was ultimately amazing.

One chapter in particularly shook me to my core, but it’s not exactly a near-death experience. It talked about the author’s several miscarriages, and reading it so close to my own miscarriage was definitely a punch to the gut. It was strangely healing, but definitely hard to read.

O’Farrell’s writing was absolutely beautiful. She conveyed emotions flawlessly and made me feel everything that she had been feeling. It was such a roller coaster of a book, but I would say it was a rewarding one.


BOOK REVIEW: Carrie Fisher “The Princess Diarist”

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Author: Carrie Fisher

Genre: Autobiographical/Memoir

My Rating: 3/5 stars


In the wake of Carrie Fisher’s tragic death, I can only guess how many times this book was probably read by mourning fans so they could hear her true, humorous voice once again. Sure, you can always watch Star Wars to watch the young star in action and in her prime, but it’s not the same. Thankfully, Fisher left us this gift before she was taken from us too soon.

In this “sort of memoir”, Fisher recounts small details from her life before becoming an actress, her first gig, her time in school, and her audition/interview for the part of Princess Leia. Mostly, though, the star talks about her time filming the Star Wars movies and many behind-the-scenes tid-bits. It’s truly a treasure trove of information and fun facts for a fan of the series and for fans of Carrie Fisher.

I will admit that I’m not a lover of Star Wars, but I’ve seen many of the films nonetheless, and I am a fan of memoirs. I love to read about the lives of celebrities that I enjoy or famous individuals that I’m interested in, and I am definitely interested in Carrie Fisher. Daughter of Debbie Reynolds and actress to play the most popular female character to ever hit the screen, her life must have been full of many interesting things.

That being said, this book didn’t include much about her personal life as it did facts about the filming of Star Wars, as I mentioned before. Fisher highlights for a good portion of the book her affair for Harrison Ford, which I’m sure many fans were interested to see her open up about. She also includes many pages of her diaries that she kept during the filming of Star Wars, something I’m sure many fans would find touching and beautiful.

You may see that I keep mentioning “fans of Star Wars”, and unfortunately it’s true. I’m a part of the small population of America it seems that doesn’t love Star Wars, so it shouldn’t be a problem for most; but I do believe you must be a lover of the series in order to fully appreciate this book.

I would have loved to hear more about Fisher’s life, but I still enjoyed reading her voice and character in this book. My favorite part is when Carrie recalls the day that she officially got the part of Princess Leia:

It was raining. It didn’t rain in L.A. It was raining in L.A. and I was Princess Leia. I had never been Princess Leia before and now I would be her forever. I would never not be Princess Leia. I had no idea how profoundly true that was and how long forever was.

This really struck me and I found myself choking up upon reading this excerpt. Carrie Fisher had the privilege to play one of the most timeless characters in film, and she will always be known to us as Princess Leia. Her young, beautiful self is forever captured on tape and in our hearts, and her words here will always be available for us to read. How special that is.


In loving memory of the beautiful Carrie Fisher.