Talking as Fast as I Can

Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (and Everything in Between)

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing 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!')."--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780425285176
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 GRAHA
Characteristics: x, 209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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katarina_biblio Mar 27, 2017

Quick, fun read that makes you feel like you are sitting down, having a coffee and chat with Lauren Graham. Exactly what I want from a celebrity memoir.

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Jan 11, 2018

Rating:  ★★☆☆☆ - it was okay
Genre:  autobiography, celebrity autobiography, memoir, celebrity memoir
Pros:  conversational, unpretentious, sometimes funny
Cons:  sometimes boring, sometimes aimless

It could have been a more enjoyable read, but somewhere around the halfway mark it just got rambling and aimless and.... I hate to say boring, but I was bored. I found myself almost skipping chunks and having to force myself back to read it completely. I'm someone who loves an autobiography, so I've got no problem reading little details about people's lives and thoughts, but this just stopped holding my attention. I think if there had been a little more guiding or coaxing from the publisher to make sure there was interesting material throughout (or perhaps a shorter book), it would have been 3 stars.

Nov 02, 2017

Great read! You can hear Lauren graham in her writing! Any Gilmore Girls fan would love and appreciate this book!

Aug 09, 2017

Full of the fun and whimsy with which she infused her classic Lorelai Gilmore character, Lauren Graham recounts her life and making it in show biz in a fun, light-hearted fashion that you've come to expect from her. Lauren hit all the right notes for me with her autobiography. While it's not groundbreaking material by any means, it was fun and fancy-free, which is all I was expecting. If you're a fan of GILMORE GIRLS, I can guarantee you will enjoy TALKING AS FAST AS I CAN.

Marlowe May 29, 2017

If you are reading this, you are likely a fan of Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls, the series she spent seven years playing Lorelai Gilmore. Or maybe not, perhaps you discovered Graham in her next role as Sarah Braverman on Parenthood. Either way, you know Lauren Graham as a TV mom, which she will explain in her memoir "Talking as Fast as I Can," was a role she never expected to play for so long, or so early in her career. I really enjoyed getting to understand how this actress came to play one of my favourite TV characters. I loved the behind the scenes stories and perspective from Graham. This is a quick and fun read about a young woman's journey to Hollywood and Stars Hollow.

katarina_biblio Mar 27, 2017

Quick, fun read that makes you feel like you are sitting down, having a coffee and chat with Lauren Graham. Exactly what I want from a celebrity memoir.

Mar 09, 2017

This is a must-read for fans of Gilmore Girls, although I recommend watching the Netflix revival first in order to avoid spoilers.

Mar 01, 2017

This book is wonderful! And it was released at a perfect time for me. I had just come off maternity leave, during which I watched the original Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, so I was positively steeped in Lauren Graham. Confession: I bought this book for my sister for Christmas... and read it first. (I can't be the only person who's done this, right?)

I loved this book! I quite literally laughed out loud while reading it. In it, Graham covers everything from her childhood to the original Gilmore Girls to Parenthood to the new Gilmore Girls, and everything in between. It sounds like a lot, and like it'd be a dense book, but it isn't! It's presented like a series of vignettes, so you get snapshots. You don't get buried in information. I learned so much about her and her career. I felt like I was spouting Lauren Graham fun facts for the next couple weeks after reading it! Y'all, Lauren Graham is an actress/celebrity who has actual writing talent.

Feb 22, 2017

LOVED IT!!!!! This will make you want to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life all over again!

Jan 24, 2017

There's nothing quite so reassuring as reading a book that confirms all the good impressions you had about a person prior to reading, and that's precisely what this book does. It's a slim volume -- only 200 pages! -- and a lot of it is devoted to Gilmore Girls, so fans of the show will be pleased, but there's a lot more here, too. Chapters about Graham's struggles to make it in Hollywood, her years of singledom, how she turned to writing, etc. are super interesting, and throughout the whole book she just feels so warm and geniune and funny, and I finished this wanting to be best friends with her even more than I already did -- which, I think, is exactly the point of a book like this. I'm so glad I read this.

Dec 21, 2016

I don't even know where to begin.

Lauren Graham is smart, friendly, and funny throughout her book. She is warm and encouraging.

I recently had lengthy discussions with two of my very best friends about how her advice to single women is akin to the most obnoxious advice people try to give me, but rather than feeling irritated, judged, and invalidated, I felt... encouraged? Inspired? Dare I say... HOPEFUL?

I loved her descriptions of friends and acquaintances. I loved hearing about her experiences. I loved her advice, the outlandish claims she made about people, and the interjections of, "well at least that's how it is in MY book, hahaha, I'm drunk with power!"

There's certainly a Gilmore Girls nostalgia trip in here, so if you're a fan of the show I would definitely encourage reading it. But it's also just fun writing, so, even if you're not a fan of Gilmore Girls I'd encourage reading it. (I'd also ask, "Wait, why not? What's wrong with you?") When I finished the book, I wanted to read her novel and watch Parenthood and do lengthy google searches about everything and everyone she even just briefly mentioned.

I ALSO finished the book feeling inspired to write and create and continue to dream which I think is a wonderful gift she, as an author, gave to me, as a reader.

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