Narrator: Lauren Graham
Published by Random House Audio on November 29th 2016
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.
As a huge fan if both Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, I had to read Talking as Fast as I Can. Especially since I’m one of the only people I know that LOVES Loreli. I get her and was excited to read what it’s like being her.
Any fan of the shows will, I think, enjoy this book. Lauren Graham reminded me of Loreli a lot in her way of telling the story of her life and filming some of my favorite shows. And since I listen at 2x the speed was about right too 🙂
And yeah, I totally agree that the end of Gilmore Girls: A year in the life> was more like a cliff hanger than a conclusion!
I was excited to see that Talking as Fast as I Can won a Goodreads book of the year category – I didn’t vote because I don’t feel I’ve read enough of the finalists to be a fair voter. I think it was well deserved – Lauren made me feel like I was chatting with with her, had me laughing hysterically plenty, and just made me glow with the same kind of happiness that Gilmore Girls tends to make me glow with. I couldn’t recommend the book more to fans!
This Gilmore Girl addict loved Talking as Fast as I Can! #audioreview 4/5 stars! Click To Tweet