Title:Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between.
Author: Lauren Graham
Publishers: Ballentine Books
Genres: Memoir, Biography, Non-Fiction
Release Date: November 29th 2016
Where To Buy: Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Wordery, Book Depository
Summary: 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.
Review: This book was way better than I ever expected it to be. What a fun refreshing book. I loved that she was true to herself and she was funny throughout even during a serious section. Within the book she shared many personal stories of her life, her family and her relationships.
She was open about her career, her anxieties over it and the many jobs and changes she had to take in between getting acting work. She talked about the first big job she had on the incredible show Gilmore Girls about what it was like playing the fast paced Lorelai as she watches the episodes for her first time, the changes and developments with the characters and storyline.
Then getting to work on Parenthood stepping into a new character with a whole new family and a new filming style and how she found love while on the show and found new things in life she never would have found. Including writing her first book and going through the slow process of getting it written and getting it out in the world.
Finally to the reunion of a character she could only have dreamed she would get to be again, to a town she didn’t imagine would be made to life again and the emotional journey seeing it all, being with a family she said goodbye to many years ago. A beautiful reunion to something that meant so much to her and her career.
I adored this book from start to finish, she is so real and so raw, so funny. She came across very wise to me, I had many laughs reading this book and also got more of an insight to one of my favourite shows and what it was all really like.
I would definitely read this book again, she has such a fun way of writing and expressing herself, sharing her stories and experiences and it was such a fantastic book.
About Author: 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.