Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

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Talking As Fast As I Can is a really fun and enjoyable read, that you’ll likely be able to get through in a couple of sittings. Graham is a natural storyteller and her words are inviting, engaging and amusing.
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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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Lauren Graham

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LAUREN GRAHAM is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. 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.






Author Residence: New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA






Author Hometown: Northern Virginia
 
Published November 29, 2016 by Ballantine Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Pip Ellwood-Hughes on Jan 15 2017

Talking As Fast As I Can is a really fun and enjoyable read, that you’ll likely be able to get through in a couple of sittings. Graham is a natural storyteller and her words are inviting, engaging and amusing.

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Reviewed by ISABELLA BIEDENHARN on Jan 10 2017

...Graham really can write (she has an English degree from Barnard). What she hasn’t quite honed on the page, though, is the comedy she so excels at on screen. She’s much better in the honest, earnest passages where she’s not trying to entertain us.

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Reviewed by Katherine DeClerq on Jan 07 2017

If I had to sum up “Talking As Fast As I Can” in one essence, I would say this: Graham broke down the barrier between “celebrity” and “normal”, proving that actors and actresses are just regular, nerdy people who love the work they do, and sometimes do work they don’t love to do.

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