Book: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Author: Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Genre: Memoir, Humour
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.
My rating: 5 stars
I’m a sucker for audiobooks narrated by their authors. And this one is made absolutely amazing with Lauren Graham adding her witty inflections to the already hilarious text. Her personality comes through so clearly (especially on audio). I felt like I was sitting with a friend in a coffee shop and laughing so much that my tea came out my nose and all the other patrons stared. Which obviously made me and my friend laugh even harder. That is how funny this book is. And it’s all Lauren.
Lauren Graham is simply delightful.
The book hops around a string of topics including strong women, career moves, procrastination, relationships (or lack thereof), celebrity diets (seriously!), family (they exist! they’re great!), acting (it can be really weird), Gilmore Girls round one (so many memories), fashion and hairstyles (did she actually wear that? and it came from her personal closet?), food (yes please), and Gilmore Girls round two (is this actually happening?). This book is a whirlwind of essays that all, somehow, go together and make sense. Mixed in, Lauren has humour, truths, inspiration, and a little bit of seriousness. Talking as Fast as I Can makes you laugh and makes you think about what is and dream about what might be, all at the same time. But be warned, it moves along quickly, just as the title says.
Keep going, keep going, keeping going = incredibly inspiring.
(You’ll get that reference when you read the book). An actor, a writer, a producer, and a successful and incredibly honest woman, Lauren is inspiring to many. She’s achieved a ton, and shared details about many of those achievements in the book. But she also willingly shares her failures, her not-so-confident thoughts, and the people, things, and tips that have helped her along the way. (And suggests that we continue to help each other!) As a dreamer who hopes to write a book one day, her stories of struggling to make it as an actor and then as a writer, grabbed my attention and made me tear up on my morning commute. Her writing advice, her worries, her writing process, her procrastination — it all hit a chord with me. It all made me smile and cry and think, “She’s right. She’s so right. She did it. So can I.”
The only thing that would have made the experience of this book better, was having the photos on hand while listening to the audio. Lauren describes them while narrating, but while driving (I listened to this book on my commute to and from work), I didn’t have access to the PDF file that came with my audio download. So, I’m going to have to go buy a print copy and read/listen again and sit and flip through to the photos in real time and experience the book all over again. I have no problems with this requirement to fully experience this book. I may update this review then with the details of Talking as Fast as I Can round two.