Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) by Lauren GrahamTalking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) by Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between)

byLauren Graham

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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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.

With a new bonus chapter

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.
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 E...
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Title:Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls To Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.63 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.2 × 0.63 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425285197

ISBN - 13:9780425285190

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gilmore Girls fan? You'll like this book. Loved Gilmore Girls, found this book to be an interesting perspective of the making of the show and Lauren's life. Read this quickly, felt as though she was telling me the stories.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Lauren Graham story Fun read if you're a Gilmore Girls fan. An interesting overview of Lauren's youth and acting career before, during and after Gilmore Girls. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I could, I would give this 10 stars! I am admittedly a Huge of Lauren Graham "The Actress" but just as equally a huge fan of Lauren Graham "The Author". I absolutely loved her first novel so much that I am still hoping for a sequel. This book is like sitting down at the kitchen table and having coffee with an old friend. Its hilarious, inspiring, entertaining and heartwarming. Not to mention all the Gilmore Girl stories that ultimately had millions of fans on the edge of our seats. Highly recommend doesn't do this book justice!
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick and enjoyable read Graham writes very well, but sometimes it feels she is trying too hard to sound like Lorelai that it became distracting. A good quick read for a plane ride.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooo Funny My parents brought this home for me on day knowing that I loved the show Gilmore Girls. This book is hilarious and I finished it so fast because of how Great it was.I was basically glued to it!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Loved the original, loved the revival and needed a quick fix lately. Was a quick short read but loved reading all about Stars Hollow and the revival. Obviously a lot of love for the character and creator. Definite read for GG fans.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read If you like her- you will really like this book! it is interactive, simple reading and full of humour!
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I'm a Gilmore Girls fan so I appreciated her sitting down, watching through and commenting on all of the seasons. She's a funny, heartwarming person and in the book it shows.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS! If you're a fan of Lauren Graham (or not), you'll love this book. Real, humorous and to the point. Gilmore Girls is a favorite in our household, so this just adds to our obsession. My kids (ages 12 & 14) will be reading this next! It was a wonderful read that anyone would be able to do! Just like talking to an old friend!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I've adored Lauren Graham ever since I first watched Gilmore Girls for the first time many, many years ago. This book is amusing, heartwarming, and definitely a good read for any and all Gilmore Girls fans.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cathartic It's as though she tries to write as fast as she talks which sometimes leads to convoluted sentences. It can be hard to follow but the stories are still entertaining to anyone who's a fan of Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls. It was a great comfort to read it after watching a Year in the Life.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witt and Charm Lauren Graham is so much like her popular character Lorelai Gilmore. She's witty, quick to the draw and all around hilarious. This book was something that made me laugh, and cry. Will for sure read this again
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, light, easy read This is a good one for a nice light-hearted, fast read. Nothing dramatic or heavy. A good guilty pleasure book. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love her! A fun read! I love her! I love the Glimore Girls- this was a great treat! She should write more books.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore her. Lauren is absolutely talented. She is my human icon.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! I listened to this as an audio book and absolutely LOVED it. The first half was a bit forced - as if the author was trying too hard. But once she moved into her storytelling about the Gilmore Girls reboot, I found it became a lot more natural and fluid. I also read her novel, and highly recommend that - Lauren Graham is a talented writer, hilarious woman, and overall inspiration.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute Learnt many things, cutesy and fun and refreshing
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from funny, chatty memoir reads like you're actually having a conversation with Graham. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It's my happy book. Well written humorous and hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious couldn't put it down - hilarious & relatable all at the same time
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Interesting and Humorous Read! This book is very relatable, funny and interesting, especially for fans of any of LAuren's work. It includes helpful tips for getting through life, rejection and writing to name a few, funny anitidotes and behind the scenes of what it's like breaking through and working in the indusrty.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, Easy Read This book is agar, and very easy read. Keep in mind it is a biography, therefore it is not going to be the book version of The Gilmore Girls.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing I love the Gilmore Girls, but this book was disappointing. Wasn't feeling it at all.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Autobiography! Very funny and relatable, definitely worth another read!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love This is a must for fans of both Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. You can hear Lauren Graham's voice while you're reading. There are some truly great pieces of life advice as well. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read if you love Gilmore Girls! Funny, hilarious, inspirational. Loved Laruen Graham in Gilmore Girls, and couldn't get enough of the reboot so it was great to read about her and the show.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Filled with funny moments and some insights on her life, reading it was the perfect thing to do just before starting the new Gilmore Girls series.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way better than her Novel! I love Lauren Graham and when I read Someday, Someday maybe I was disappointed by not really hearing her voice. This book is difference and you can almost hear her saying the words on the page. Great beach read.
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun! I listened to the audiobook and it was really fun and amazing! I have learned a lot of new things that I didnt know about her and I really enjoyed it. It was short and sweet!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Fun Real rating: 3.5 stars Ok, I cried. I did not think that I would cry, but listening to Lauren Graham talk about Gilmore Girls helped me realize how important that show was to me in the past. And that made me tear up way too easily. <i>"Because here's the thing: I was fine on my own, and so are you."</i> I listened to this book on audiobook, and though I felt like I was missing out from time to time due to the lack of pictures available, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Lauren Graham's voice is delightful, both in writing and out loud, and I barely ever wanted to pause the book. Talking as Fast as I Can is a nonfiction memoir about Lauren Graham's life before, during and in between Gilmore Girls. It's filled with funny and interesting stories, quirky anecdotes, and important little sentences that managed to give me hope. It made me want to pick up Lauren Graham's other book, and I might actually do so in the near future. I honestly loved it, and I recommend it to everyone who's ever loved Gilmore Girls and/or Lauren Graham.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled the Gilmore Girls shaped hole in my heart I absolutely adore Gilmore Girls, Parenthood and all things Lauren Graham and she comes across just as lovely and hilarious in writing as she does in television and interviews. Not only was the book funny and entertaining, but many passages were quite inspirational. I now have her quote "Life doesn't often spell things out for you or give you what you want exactly when you want it, otherwise it wouldn't be called life, it would be called vending machine," tacked on the wall by my desk. I thought I couldn't love Lauren more, but this book proved me wrong.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it as fast I can Never have I read an autobiography-like book as enjoyable as this one just because I read it in Lorelai pace and tone. It brought me back to missing the pop culture banters of Gilmore Girls all over again! Great Read Great Woman.. side note: you can read this even faster than Lauren can talk if you combo it with a great coffee.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so personal love lauren and all her acting roles. I wa sso happy to read about her personal thoughts and memories
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read For Gilmore Girls Fan! I adored the series Gilmore Girls, so I was excited to read Lauren Graham's book. I enjoyed reading Talking As Fast As I Can. Her writing style is very personable, almost like she is keeping a journal of past events that occured in her colourful life. I would recommend reading this if you are a dedicated fan of Gilmore Girls, and would like to read more about this beloved actress.
Date published: 2017-08-08

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Fast Forward   Some of the most exciting things that happened in my life took place before I turned six years old. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is awesome right there, but three weeks later, before I even had time to work on my tan, we moved to Japan. JAPAN. The home of my most favorite food ever: mashed peas. Well, that was probably my favorite food back then; what a waste, since I could have been eating spicy tuna rolls with extra wasabi. Damn you, Baby Lauren, and your infantile palate! Well, to be fair, you were an infant. Sorry I yelled.   In Tokyo, we lived with my grandmother for a while, and I had a Japanese nanny, or uba—which, incidentally, translates to “milk mother,” something I just found out by looking it up. (Hold, please, while I call my therapist.) Her name was Sato-san, and I loved her, and as a result, my first word was in Japanese. It was o-heso. You might think that’s Japanese for “mommy” or “daddy,” but no, o-heso is Japanese for “belly button,” which I think already proves I am a very unusual, deep, and contemplative person and there’s really nothing left to say, thank you for buying this book, the end.   Wait, a few more things. My mother, the daughter of missionaries, had grown up in Japan and spoke fluent Japanese. She was also incredibly smart and beautiful, a combination that led to my grandmother holding me while we watch my mother, who is on television! Back when there were just three channels in America, and maybe even fewer in Tokyo, and an air of mystery surrounding the whole thing—not like today, when the statistical probability of not at some point stumbling onto your own reality show is inconceivably low. Television had only recently been invented then, and there she was actually on it, and I was so little I was probably just thinking about mashed peas again. Or, more likely, my favorite subject: belly buttons.   In related news, apparently on some GikiWoogle-type page of mine, I am quoted as saying, “Belly buttons are important.” Which, while obviously sort of true, medically speaking, taking into account the life-giving properties of the umbilical cord, was also clearly a joke. Yet I can’t tell you how many times during an interview a journalist gets that somber I’m-going-in-for-the-kill look I love so much and asks me, with knitted-brow faux sincerity: “Do you really think belly buttons are important?” Let me clear the air once and for all: um, no, I do not. Although this book isn’t very long yet and I’ve already talked about belly buttons quite a bit. Damn you, tabloid journalists! You wise Truth Uncoverers! Again, sorry—the yelling must stop.   So, anyway, there she was, my mother, on the largest television available at the time, which was roughly the size of a Rubik’s cube. Also, check out her dope sixties Priscilla Presley look! Her ability to speak the language as a non-native was so unusual at the time that she was asked to appear on a Japanese daytime talk show.   My parents weren’t together very long. They hadn’t known each other well when they decided to get married, and then they had me right away, when they were both just twenty-two years old, and—well, that about sums it up. They were very, very young. At the time, my mom was also trying to pursue a career as a singer, and it was decided I should stay with my dad. They parted as friends, and my father made the obvious next choice, something we’d all probably do in this situation: he moved us to the Virgin Islands, where we lived on a houseboat. I slept in a bunk-bed-type thing that was also the kitchen. I was picked up for nursery school by the bus, which was actually a motorboat. We moved there because . . .   You know what? I don’t remember exactly. Let’s call my dad and ask him. He probably won’t pick up because he’s on the East Coast, and it’s a Saturday in the springtime, so unless it’s pouring down rain, he’s out playing golf. But I’ll give you a visual just in case, so you too can play Call My Dad at home!   I know, isn’t it a shame we look nothing alike? Okay, let’s see if he’s home. Ring, ring, ring, ring. I told you. He’s probably not—   Dad: Hello? Me: Oh, hi! I didn’t think you’d be home. Dad: It’s raining here. Me: Well, then, that explains it. Hey, remind me—why did we live on a houseboat that time? Dad: Who is this? Me: You have other children you lived on a houseboat with? Dad: No, I have other children who call me more. Me: Dad, please. I call you all the time. So this is for the book, and— Dad: Is this going to be another befuddled father character, like in your last book? Me: Dad, I wouldn’t call that character befuddled in general. He’s just a little befuddled by technology. Dad: Wait—what did you say? I couldn’t hear you. I just hit one of these dumb phone buttons wrong. Me: Um, yeah. I was just saying that the father character in my first novel—the New York Times bestseller Someday, Someday, Maybe, published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, and now available in paperback—is not exactly befuddled, and anyway, he’s only a little bit you. Dad: Why are you talking like that? Me: Like what? I was just thinking about how Christmas is right around the corner, but no matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, books in general make great gifts! Dad: Like that. Like you’re selling things to an audience. Are you on Ellen right now? Me: Dad, I wouldn’t be calling you from the set of Ellen. Dad: Oh, oh, I’m fancy, I live in Hollywood, where people aren’t allowed to call their fathers from the set of the Ellen show. Me: Dad, please. Why did we live on the houseboat again?   Dad: Well, I was working for that congressman, and the hours were long, and I’d drop you off in the morning and not see you until after 6:00 p.m., and I felt bad about that. I wasn’t sure I was on the right career path anyway. Also, I was sort of seeing this girl—you remember the one who owned the horse? Well, she lived there off and on, and I thought I’d go there too, and write, and . . .   I’m going to interrupt my father here (well, actually, he’s still talking, so shhh—don’t tell him). But I have to explain to you that, as a kid, I thought my father never dated anyone at all until he met and married my stepmother. It wasn’t until years later that I figured out the young ladies who sometimes came around may have been a wee bit more than the “cat sitter,” that “nice woman I play tennis with,” and the “girl who owned the horse.” And I don’t blame them. I mean, who wouldn’t want to “cat-sit” for this guy?   By the way, can we talk about the unnecessary thickness of children’s belts of the 1970s? I mean look at the— Oops, my dad’s still on the phone!   Dad: . . . and anyway, she knew these people at the marina in St. Thomas. Me: So did we, like, sail around the island and stuff? Dad: Oh, no. The engine didn’t work on the boat. Me: The engine didn’t . . .? We lived on a giant floating bathtub that went nowhere? Dad: It was a strange place, I’ll admit, that marina— but friendly. Very bohemian. Everybody there was sort of dropping out from society, which we were too, in a way—for weeks after we’d left D.C., I’m pretty sure my mother still thought I worked on Capitol Hill. But I got to spend more time with you, which was the goal. It was beautiful there. We drove around a lot and went to the beach. It probably seems strange to you now, but it was a 1970s thing to do, I guess. And we had fun. (A pause as we both reminisce.) Me: You did a lot for me, Dad. I love you. Dad: I love you too, kid. (Another pause.) Dad: Who is this again?