Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Genre: Non-Fiction / Autobiography / Memoir
About the Book:
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.
Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls and I’ve been wanting to read “Talking As Fast As I Can” ever since Lauren Graham announced it. I was beyond excited when I found a copy at the Dollar Tree while shopping for VBS supplies. Normally, I’m not into reading books that celebrities, but I love Lauren Graham so I figured I’d give it a chance. So of course, I came home with a copy.
I’ve always loved Lauren Graham and after reading her book, I have huge respect for her. She gives us insight into what it was like filming Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and of course, the Gilmore Girls reboot. She shares what it’s like being single in Hollywood amongst other things. The way she writes is as if she’s talking to a close friend over coffee so it feels personal.
The only negative thing that I have to say is that it seemed like a constant advertisement in each chapter when she mentioned her book, “Someday Someday Maybe“. It was interesting to learn about the behind-the-scenes of writing a book, but it was a little overdone.
This is a good, fun, feel-good read so if you need something happy and light, this is for you. Gilmore Girl fans will gobble it up and will probably have it read in one sitting.
Overall, I enjoyed this a lot. So much so that I’m probably going to have a Gilmore Girls and Parenthood marathon very soon. Let the binge-watching begin!
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About Lauren Graham:
Lauren Graham is an actor, writer, and producer best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, Someday, Maybe and Talking as Fast as I Can. Graham has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Because I Said So, and Max. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.