by Lauren Graham
Narrator: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hours and 38 minutes
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Narration: 5 cups
In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
"This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I'm talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called 'you're so much taller than the other kids.' But no! I'm talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn't sure I'd ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.
Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham is an autobiography highlighting Lauren’s career with an emphasis on the Gilmore Girls. Lauren narrate’s the book herself an aspect I enjoyed. I laughed, recalled favorite episodes of Gilmore Girls and reaffirmed my love for Lauren and her character Lorelai Gilmore.
I will be totally honest. I read 99.8 % fiction. Reading for me is an escape, a chance to travel from the comfort of my home. When I select a book outside the realm of fiction, it is more often than not a history book surrounding an event or era. So why did I listen to Talking As Fast As I Can? Gilmore Girls. The show began in 2000, I was a young stay at home mother of three and that hour spent in Stars Hollow was magical. Rory loved books; I loved books and Lorelai’s addiction to coffee rivaled my own. I loved the flaws and the dynamics of the friendships. Later, I would watch reruns with my daughters. I think, I will always look back on the show fondly.
I was curious if Lauren Graham was anything like her character Lorelai. Boy, was I rewarded. Graham was pure, awkward, and at times downright funny. Her story felt honest. It was refreshing. She felt like someone I could hang out with over coffee. Like myself, Lauren is a private person and reveals very little about her life, but what she does is wonderful. She had me giggling, connecting and admiring her for just putting it out there. Her stories about dating and her husband were priceless.
Graham highlights how she got her start, goes through the seasons of Gilmore Girls, talks about the final season and the reunion. She also gives some highlights on other roles she has played like those of Sarah from Parenthood. We also get tidbits about her life as a child, and while this book doesn’t go into any real depth on any particular subject, it was fun to listen.
If you are a biography junkie this might leave you craving more, but if like me you don’t need all the dirty secrets but want to have a friendly chat with an actress you admire, grab Talking As Fast As I Can.