Talking as Fast as I Can
By Lauren Graham
In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls—the first and second time—and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to earth voice that made her novel, Someday Someday Maybe, a New York Timesbestseller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called “you’re so much taller than the other kids.” But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”—Lauren Graham
As a rather new fan of the Gilmore Girls television show (I started watching it in 2014, I know, I’m late to the game), I was ecstatic to find out that Lauren was going to be publishing a book around the same time as the new Netflix series reboot. She always seemed so genuine and funny not just on Gilmore Girls but in any other role I had seen her tackle. Plus, what is there not to love about her interviews with Ellen? I do like reading the occasional celebrity memoir so I thought this book would be a fun way to add to the newly-developed Gilmore love that was burgeoning in my house (even Mr. Wench watches it with me, not that he’ll ever admit it).
Graham’s memoir was fun and fresh and reads exactly like you were talking to the actress herself (or, at least, what I imagine it would be like). The book was fast-paced and filled with a frenetic energy that I feel is Trademark Lorelai/Lauren. Quirky and fond of breaking the fourth (fifth?) wall, Lauren made no show of having a overly-profound, exotic life, but instead proved that celebrities can be as down-to-earth and quixotic as your next door neighbor. Some of her essays left me wanting to be alone with my thoughts while others had me literally laughing out loud, even when situation and location didn’t approve (like at restaurants and doctors’ appointments).
From her education in drama, to her time on the beloved show Parenthood, to both of her stretches as fan-favorite Lorelai Gilmore, Lauren covers her not-so-glam (but still wonderful) life in Hollywood along with her (extremely entertaining) early life. One of my favorite essays recounted her first round as a writer, when she worked on and published her novel Someday, Someday Maybe. A project close to Lauren’s heart, Someday, Someday Maybe follows Franny Banks as she tries to make her way in the world of acting (sound familiar?). I haven’t read the book, yet, but went out and immediately bought it after reading this particular essay in Graham’s memoir. She manages to make the stress of her overlapping deadlines and television appearances amusing and light-hearted, even when it isn’t always that way. And having read her memoir, I’m excited to see how she fares as a fiction writer.
As I said before, reading this book felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with the actress herself and having a conversation about everything. It was easy to read and kept me entertained. Some celebrity memoirs can leave you feeling disconnected from the celebrity but Talking As Fast As I Can was an engaging and fun read.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Gilmore Girls and Parenthood as well as celebrity memoirs in general.