Source: Borrowed (Library)
Read: December 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.
Oh man, I loved listening to this book! I got a notification from my library that the audiobook was available to me and when I went to put it on my phone I noticed it was only 4 files, which meant just over 4 hours long. Since I usually speed up my audiobooks a bit, I figured why not start listening when the kids went down for a nap? My intention was to listen and get some Christmas stuff up and then maybe read a physical book.
But … this was too good to put down! Right from the start I loved listening to Lauren’s stories and she had me laughing along with her and I almost thought I should just sit down and grab a glass of wine since it was like sitting with a friend. I’m beyond happy that I got the audio to listen to since Lauren was a fantastic narrator, but as I listened I told myself that I would eventually buy the book for my collection since there were also pictures in it that I was missing and the whole thing was just too darn good … how could I not have it on my shelf?
My favourite parts were the ones about Gilmore Girls – both the original run and the new episodes. I especially loved Lauren’s diary entries about the new episodes! Just listening to her made me want to rewatch the whole thing again (though, really, when do I ever stop watching Gilmore Girls?). And it made me miss Ed Hermann’s presence in the new episodes – it was amazing to think that his spirit was there when they were filming. I also loved listening to Lauren’s story about how she got to where she was today – I seriously had no idea that she had such a background!
Can’t wait to listen to this one again! I listened to the whole thing in one day and it was just so enjoyable – I wish more books kept me as hooked as this one did!