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Summary

A New York Times best seller

Winner of the GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 for Humour

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 cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and - of course - talking as fast as you can.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Lauren Graham (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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Thin Puff Piece

Even as a fan of Gilmore Girls I thought this was a bit thin. There isn't much of interest here, you don't really get a sense of how she felt about other actors or what they were really like. it was all just gushingly wonderful. Also not being able to see the pictures that are referred to really dents your enjoyment. Disappointing.

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I can't believe it is over!

I knew I needed to hear this from Lauren's lips rather than read it myself. However, I enjoyed it so much that next time I'm going to read it. Whichever way you decide to consume it, bring tissues.

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So incredibly special

What made the experience of listening to Talking as Fast as I Can the most enjoyable?

There are so many things that made listening to this book enjoyable. I would have to say Lauren's reading is a massive factor, and the level of detail she goes into in all of the right places. If you love Gilmore Girls, you HAVE to listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Talking as Fast as I Can to, and why?

I couldn't compare this book to any other biography/non-fiction. Lauren should have her own genre. It's funny, emotional, interesting and beautiful.

What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lauren's delivery of her own jokes and asides is superb, and yes, she really does talk fast! But in a good, excited way; the way that we have all come to love through Lorelai. I don't think anything beats hearing a writer read their own story, because they understand it more than anyone else, it brings emotion to the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lauren talks about filming "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life", I cried almost every time she said she cried. It was so moving, but don't listen when you're driving - you won't be able to see for the tears, and you might "move" into a wall.

Any additional comments?

I love Lauren Graham.

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Love it

This is the best book and her narrating it makes it that much better cause of her humour. Hopefully that was a cliffhanger cause I want more of this and I would pay for this if I had to. Thank you Lauren xx

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More than Stars Hollow

This was fantastically insightful. Full of juicy titbits from the filming days on Gilmore Girls. Having the author read this was riveting and I found myself listening all in one go...She does talk fast but it's just like your best friend chatting away to you over a cup of coffee...lots of coffee!

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If you are a fan of the Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham you will not for one moment be disappointed. Enjoy!

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A Must Read for Any Gilmore Girls Fan

Lauren Graham has had such an interesting life and she talks of many things including Parent Hood and how it was like for her growing up, she comes across as such a strong person because of he relentless work ethic to get to where she dreams of. Not to mention the numerous insider insights into Gilmore Girls I wouldn't have known if I had not listened to this book, and I like how in each season she talks about what it was like for that season. A must read for any Gilmore Girls devote!

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I laughed, I cried, I love this book

I'm a huge Gilmore girls fan and especially always connected with the character of Lorelai Gilmore. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the experience from Lauren's point of view. The audio book was super easy to listen to and even when talking about tougher times in her life Lauren does it in such a humorous and lighthearted way the book always has a very positive tone.

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amazing book

didnt think it's going to be anything less then what it was...always Lorelei, thank you Lauren!!

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Some great anecdotes in the end.

I hate to say this but much as I adore Lauren and Lorelei this is a cringey listen. Not Lauren' s fault really as we discover toward the end that she was being pressured to deliver the manuscript DURING the filming of the GG revival- rather a lack of foresight from the publisher as clearly this was where the gold would be mined. Still there is an awful lot of blah to get through (sorry again!) before the good stuff. Lauren's delivery is very forced and theatrical throughout and only becomes really enjoyable when she talks about the emotional shoot of the revival toward the end. Still, the last couple of chapters were lovely.

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soooooo Gilmore

enjoyable, wish there was more, though. funny and relaxing. great companion as a background for whatever you are up to.