Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between)

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (And Everything in Between)

by Lauren Graham


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594860563
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 35,867
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the 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. 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Fast Forward 7

Sweat Equity 25

You Can't Be Vegan Just for Ellen 43

There Is Only One Betty White, or: Paper Towels, a Love Story 55

What It Was Like, Part One 65

Before My REI Card: Some Thoughts on Being Single 89

Labor Days 103

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be a Judge on Project Runway: My Life in Fashion 113

Someday, Someday, Maybe You'll Believe My Novel Wasn't Completely Autobiographical 125

Kitchen Timer 141

Parenthood Is the Best Neighborhood 149

Look Up! A Note From Your Friend Old Lady Jackson 155

What It Was Like, Part Two 165

Acknowledgments 207

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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the gilmore girls and also someday, someday, maybe. I wish this book had been longer - its only 163 pages and although I liked it I feel a little cheated. She is delightful and I like her sense of humor. I was really looking forward to the release of this book and I'm a little disappointed in its lack of depth - its just sort of glosses over her career.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I mostly bought this to read about her experiences with Gilmore Girls. However, while my favorite stories were the ones about Gilmore Girls, I found myself devouring the entire book. I enjoyed reading about what she went through when she was just starting out, feeling horrified for her about one particular audition she had to do, and laughing at her humor and wit. This book Is a quick and enjoyable read.
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
Such a fun book to listen to! I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend! It made me tear up, but even better it made me smile and laugh a lot!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok written, pretty boring read
EmJay More than 1 year ago
If you're interested in Lauren Graham's story, I *highly* recommend listening to the audiobook. As a lover of "Gilmore Girls", "Parenthood", and "Someday, Someday, Maybe", I was really excited for LG's newest endeavor. And listening to her read it to me was such a joy. While I'm not sure there was anything particularly revelatory about this book, it was so nice to hear Lauren Graham talk about all the different phases of her life. She is also truly witty and the jokes had me laughing out loud more times than I can count. I particularly enjoyed the chapter about being single and her relationship with Peter Krause. She discusses the ridiculous obsession with Hollywood stars and "who they're dating now!" She owns the fact that being single isn't weird or something to be embarrassed by, but it's normal to want something more. The discussion of her relationship with Krause was sweet and loving without being over-the-top cutesy and sentimental. Overall, if you're a fan of Lauren Graham, I have no doubt you will enjoy reading/listening (AGAIN--highly recommend the audiobook) to her story.
WitchyWriter 6 months ago
I’ve had a long love affair with Gilmore Girls. It isn’t the perfect partner—for all the times it makes me laugh there’s plenty when it makes me cry. There’s a lot of emotions the show makes me feel, actually. Some episodes I skip over when I’m re-watching, because I know what they hold and they make me feel supremely uncomfortable. Which is a sign of really good storytelling, of course. But hopefully I can be forgiven for picking and choosing what emotions I want to be made to feel at any given time. :) Lorelei Gilmore is my absolute favorite character of the show, and Lauren Graham brought the kind of life to her that is timeless and deep. So it made sense to pick up her book, even if it didn’t have much about Gilmore Girls in it, since Lauren’s lived a full life and has other things going on than just this old show that fans are still obsessive about (*points finger at self*). I was pleasantly surprised to find a good amount of discussion of the show. Lauren’s commentary on the wardrobe choices and even her hairstyles is fabulous. Learning more about what went on backstage in that show gives it even more depth. But the true gem in this memoir is the chapter on Lauren’s writing process. When she’s working on something of her own, she has trouble getting down to the actual work, the same as me! I don’t know if we struggle to make ourselves write for the same reasons, but I can definitely relate to the result. So this chapter is readily available to read on its own on the internet, but it essentially outlines a writing process that involves setting a timer, and then writing for that period of time. But the real genius bit is that you keep another document open, or have another piece of paper handy, whatever method you prefer. And when you’re feeling blocked about writing in the main document, you write in the other one. (Lauren writes it out better than I do, so you should totally go read the book, or listen to it, because I think it’d probably be that much better with her narrating.) The result of this is another “scrivening” in my novel file, since Scrivener does a great split screen view already, and it’s called “Journal” and can be about anything at all. What ends up happening is that I’ll switch to typing in that window, talk about nonsense or whatever’s on my mind for a bit…and then my thoughts always come back around to my story, and I talk out what’s got me stuck, right there on the page, and then I switch over to the novel window and get back down to work there. I’ve still got plenty of butt-in-chair hangups, so I can’t say I’ve finished my novel at record speed or anything, but when I do sit down to write, guys, this actually *works*. For that, and for every sentence that made me smile (because Lauren Graham is funny, and wonderful), I’m grateful to this book, and think y’all should go and read it as well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book. My daughter & I loved watching Gilmore Girls together. Thank you Lauren for such an honest & fun book!
Blondeness128 More than 1 year ago
Lauren Graham's autobiography is a great read! She is a very warm and inspirational person. The book has a great parallel between her own experiences within the acting and writing world as well as life lessons and bits of advice for readers that are very comforting. Reading the book felt like having a conversation with your best friend reflecting on life and experiences in a warm and kind way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am happy this book exists, that is all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s absolutely perfect!!! An amazing and entertaining book for sure! I highly recommend it!
Tschertz More than 1 year ago
I mainly bought this book to read about her experiences and thoughts on Gilmore girls, however, I ended up really enjoying the entire book. I enjoyed learning about Lauren Graham aside from Gilmore Girls and really admire her as a person and actor. She has a wonderful writing style and this book was a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was like sitting in Luke’s diner and having coffee with Loralai - more fun than I could possibly imagine! Lauren Graham IS Loralai but even funnier and cuter and - it felt like the chicken and the egg - which came first? Thank you, Lauren, for bringing it all to life - “Gilmore Girls “ was my daughter and my “bonding” show - we will always love you and all of Stars Hollow, including Carol King and her fabulous music!
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love Lorilai Gilmore or Sarah Braverman? Lauren starts the book back in her childhood and wraps it up on the last day of shooting the Gilmore Girls reboot “A Year in the Life”. I watched every episode of Parenthood as it aired and I admit, I was late to the Gilmore Girls party but thanks to OnDemand/Netflix I fell in love with the series a few years ago. It’s a quick, quirky read written as if you were having a conversation with Lauren or hearing her inner monologue. I had a really good laugh at one of her summer auditions memories back in college where she describes singing “Slap that Bass” (supposed to be pronounced like “vase”, not the way Lauren was pronouncing the word with gusto) to the laughter of the audience watching only to be told when she finished that this song was not written about a fish. Now, how do we convince Netflix that we need more Rory and Lorelai?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of Lauren’s since the Gilmore Girls days and after watching those 4 episodes on Netflix I really really wanted to read this book. She is very funny in the book and I kept hearing her voice when I was reading the book, it was just a really fun experience. I knew next to nothing about her life growing up and also about her time in Parenthood (I have now watched every episode) and of course her time in Gilmore Girls, as a fan of the show it felt incredible to get these little tidbits of her time there and what it was like filming the last episode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Lauren and thought she was wonderful in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. However, I think she should stick to acting. For the most part this book is written poorly and most of it is downright borig! Near the end, where she talks about making the last Gilmore Girls, it was fun to read about her feelings as she wrote them down in a journal she kept during the filming. This part was good, but certainly not worth paying $15! Check it out for FREE from Libraries-To-Go for your e-reader.
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Talking As Fast As I Can is a rather interesting celebrity memoir. Instead of being organized chronologically, it has a more theme-based organization. And it’s kind of a mesh of memoir, advice book, and essay collection. Lauren shares her history as it relates to her acting career, and as promised she talks about her time on Gilmore Girls, both the original series and the reprisal. But she also shares relationship advice and tips for those wishing to get into acting. And then there are some bizarre antidotes that almost resemble essays, i.e. one about electronic devices for children. This book didn’t have as much humor as some other celebrity memoirs, but I love Lauren Graham’s sense of humor, so I really loved all of the humor that was in this book. I am a huge fan of Parenthood, so I loved when she talked about that show as well (which was not very much, sadly). I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, but it’s not something I would listen to again, and I don’t think you have to rush out and read it. I did promptly watch the Gilmore Girls reunion episodes on Netflix right after I finished this book though because I had to know what she meant about the last three words in the series. And I am now re-watching Parenthood on Netflix because I wanted to know what she meant about the style of dialogue in that show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a long time fan of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood and thought this would be a great book to read. I was so disappointed. Save your money and don't buy it!
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CaptivatedRding More than 1 year ago
Knowing that I already love Girlmore Girls as much as I do, I knew that Talking As Fast As I Can would be an enjoyable read for me. I haven't read many autobiographies because I tend to get bored with them easily. But, Lauren Graham is just as funny without as a script as she is with one. This leads me to believe that her two favorite characters of mine--Sarah Braverman of Parenthood and Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls--have as much of Lauren Graham as I assumed they did. I could almost hear Graham's voice inflections as she jokes and reminisces about her time on Gilmore Girls. It was a lot like getting an extra episode of my favorite show. There was more to Talking As Fast As I Can, however. I enjoyed the peak into Graham's past as she shares her journey on how she came to be the entertainment virtuoso that she is now. I was able to laugh out loud at her hilariously endearing hiccups along the way. I haven't yet read her Someday, Someday, Maybe. Even knowing that it's not a biographical look at Graham's life, I'm eager to read it just to get another morsel of Lauren Graham's winning charisma.
JulesAA More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Lauren Graham, and this book is so amazing! I would highly recommend to all -- ESPECIALLY if you're a Gilmore Girls fan!
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
I’m one of the biggest Gilmore Girls fans out there. In a big way, this is because of Lauren Graham’s character, Lorelai Gilmore. And because of this, I picked up Graham’s novel Someday, Someday, Maybe when it came out. I enjoyed it. Graham isn’t just a talented actor, she’s a great writer. When I heard about Talking as Fast as I Can, I got even more excited than I did for Graham’s novel. Turns out, my excitement was warranted. Graham’s fiction is great, but her non-fiction is even better. One of my favorite parts of this book was where Graham reacts to each of the Gilmore Girls seasons. It was great to get the actor’s own thoughts on what I’ve watched dozens of times over the last fifteen or so years. And the section where Graham discusses all that was involved in making Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life happen, I gained a better appreciation for just what went into its creation. But the Gilmore Girls and Parenthood parts of this book weren’t all that made it what it is. Getting to hear about how Someday, Someday, Maybe came to be makes me want to read it again. And hearing about Graham’s early life was also a reason I wanted to read this book in the first place. Being part memoir, part essays on various projects and key issues, this collection is a great read on many levels. I only wish it were longer. I want more from Graham. But I’m happy to wait for another novel or a similar non-fiction book. I’d read anything that comes out. It’s not just my inner fan-girl talking. Graham backs it up with her her writing.