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Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest (Smart Pop)

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In the fall of 2000, Gilmore Girls premiered on the WB and viewers were introduced to the quirky world of Stars Hollow and the Gilmores who had made it their home, mother-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. With the show in its seventh season on the fledgling CW, Coffee at Luke's is the perfect look at what has made the show such a clever, beloved part of the t ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Smart Pop
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Keris
I have mixed feelings about this book since I wanted to have an essay in it and they turned me down - Me! Don't they know who I am? Ahem - but, at the same time, American TV show Gilmore Girls is one of my total obsessions. In fact, I'm watching it in the corner of my screen as I'm writing this ("The Festival of Living Art" from season 4, in case you're interested).

Plus the book is edited by Jennifer Crusie and we do love Ms Crusie here at Trashionista. Like other SmartPop books including This I
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Chelsea
There are some interesting viewpoints and takes on Gilmore Girls in Coffee at Luke's. There are essays considering the mathematical presence of father figures in Rory's life (no, really), the contention that the Girls are really just a latter-day screwball comedy, a guy's perspective on what food means within the Gilmore verse (a lot, naturally), and (my favorite) a passionate defense of Emily Gilmore, the third and oft-ignored Girl. I'm an Emily fan, and I think she was one of the most complex ...more
Brittany Nelson
First of all, I was dead set on giving this book only two stars, but the truth is that the essays got better as I got further into it, so I'm giving it three. The problems I had with this book is that several of the essayists referred to themselves about a million times in the essay. IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. Another problem I had was obviously the fact-checking--not to mention one essayists called Max Medina unattractive (really?)). And some of the essays were just poorly developed, I could write bet ...more
Keirstan
The Gilmore Girls edition of the Smart Pop culture analysis series is a fantastic read for any fan of the WB/CW's beloved series. Split into thematic sections, each academic/super fan scrutinizes a particular element of the show and offers up well thought out commentary.

Most compelling are the stories that delve into the complicated-but-ideal relationship between series stars Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Jennifer Armstrong, in "No Boys Allowed" confirms that the female leads have constructed a life
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Melee
This was the perfect fix for my post-Gilmore Girls blues! (My mother and I finished watching the seventh and last season last week. We started Season 1 in late May and from then on filled our summer days with Gilmore-goodness.)

All the essays were interesting and brought up points and nuances of Gilmore Girls I had never considered before. I didn't always agree with the different views, but I just read them in the light of devil's advocate.

Actually, while this book did help with my missing of Gil
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Amy
This was a collection of essays on Gilmore Girls, varying a lot in the degree of scholarliness and entertainment value. I mostly enjoyed getting reminded of older episodes that I haven't seen for a lot time. I really did not like Stephanie Lehmann's essay on the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory. She got Rory's ages throughout the series wrong, and if she can't be bothered to get a detail like that right, why trust any of her other assertions. Plus, she bases her whole argume ...more
Erin
This is a fun, semi-serious/semi-comedic group of essays of which I enjoyed about half in this compilation, especially the essays by Gregory Stevenson about food being a starring character in Gilmore Girls and a love letter from writer Heather Swain to Kirk with her undying love. Jennifer Crusie added her own flavor with an introduction and a glossary of pop cultural, literary, and historical references she defines and includes personal comments on.
Amy
This book was full of great critques of Gilmore Girls. Some of them I didn't agree with, but for the most part I really liked what they had to say. I loved the essay that talked about all the literary references to the show and how for once the script wasn't dumbed down for the audience. I also loved the rips on the Aerie girls. I recommend this book for fans of the show and for those who love reading critical approaches to literature.
Nicole
I wanted to love this because I am desperate to read some thoughtful analysis of one of my favourite television shows. Alas, this is not the book for it. Many of the essays are under-developed, and the first half of the book is kind of a slog. My favourite essay creates an imaginary classic screwball comedy of Gilmore Girls and I have to say that Bringing Up Baby Katharine Hepburn is on point Lorelai Gilmore. But then it makes some unnecessary claims, like being unable to find any Asian actors o ...more
Erin
If you are a Gilmore Girls fan, this is a book for you! Some of the essays were great, some were just ok, but overall it was a really fun read. This series has a Buffy book that I'm dying to check out now.
Beth
Dec 01, 2008 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John
It's nice to know that there are others out there like me--those who, when having a bad day, think that just watching 10 minutes of Gilmore Girls will bring them back to some sort of sane place. When there is Gilmore Girls, I know all is right with the world. At least for that hour.
Julie Ehlers
It gets one star for the premise, one for being readable, and one for the cover, which I like. But ultimately I think this book did not live up to its promise. Don't expect to find the wit of the Gilmore Girls series in these pages.
Elise
Some authors contradict themselves--there's nothing to draw people to Stars Hollow so the Dragonfly would close, but the same author loves the Stars Hollow Museum and dioramas. AKA an attraction. One author called out Jess Marino. Who?? It's Mariano! Someone else mentioned Goober Pyle of Mayberry. I assume she meant Gomer Pyle. What kind of fans are these ladies to miss basic information!

And the "gabfest" in the title. Are Gilmore Girl fans incapable of having a discussion or analysis? In the gl
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Olivia Gordon
Fantastic read! Particularly enjoyed the essays "No Boys Allowed" and "And That Folks Is What You Get For Making Whoopie" - definitely recommend for any Gilmore Girls fan.
Jessica
Not what I expected, it is a compilation of personal essays on The Gilmore Girls - some were fantastic some were a bit boring
Beth
I had high hopes for this book because of the editor and because of the subject matter, but I was disappointed. While some of the essays were thought-provoking (hence the two stars), too many of them felt thrown together, poorly thought out, and had little substance. My sense was the authors were big fans and wanted to contribute to the book but ultimately didn't have anything fresh to say. Several essays (particularly in the first half of the book) seem to simply summarize elements of the show ...more
Samantha
Often more insightful than I was expecting, Coffee at Luke's is the perfect cup of comfort for Gilmore Girls fans who miss those weekly Tuesday night trips to Stars Hollow.

Although some of the essayists' conclusions feel a bit of a stretch, many of the chapters illuminate story patterns and symbols that add resonance to the show's portrayals of many subjects, including teen romance and single parenthood. My favorite chapters analyzed the symbolism of food and books in the lives of the titular Gi
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Lost_Clown
Though I read it while I was watching the Gilmore Girls I enjoyed it (though I should have staved off my reading so that I could prolong my GG experience having finished the series today).

It's a definite must read for any GG fan, even though I argued aloud with some of the articles (I would tell you which ones by name, but I packed that book away already). As with any anthology of opinion pieces that is all to likely to occur. One that definitely is *still* bugging me is a piece on how well the
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Katy
It's always nice to see, in a show that has inspired me so much, other people who were as moved and changed by the program as I was. Getting to read essays on the Gilmore World - and they did cover nearly everything, from the girls, old Hollywood, and the romances - was a fun way to look back and maybe even re-evaluate my own thoughts and opinions on various aspects of the show. Considering how often I re-watch it, this little companion is something fun, and would be for any fan.
Marnie
Dec 01, 2014 Marnie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gilmore Girl Fans
I most probably only gave this book a 5 star sating because I LOVED the Gilmore Girls and reliving the peculiar sayings only made me wish the show could go no…

I love how this book take a look at real live and state how half of Stars Hollow will go bankrupt in the first day! Because let’s face it, we all grew up wishing we could be on or other character and have their success! My fictional role model was Lorelai, I even went on and studied tourism... Biggest mistake ever – but where not talking a
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Linda  "The Book Lady" Warner
My daughtr and I are the Gilmore Girls. I was a single mom from the time she was 10. We as Rory said once about her and her mom "are freakishly linked". I loved ths book for the writer's own insights into this show. It had chapters on the fathe figures in Rory's life, the interactuon of mothers and ones I particularly liked were on the place of food in the series as well as books.
Kristin
This book of essays about the Gilmore Girls TV show was a treat. At first I thought I was going to have difficulty with a book that seemed to be over-analyzing one of my favorite shows, but the authors made good observations and did not have repetitive themes. The references to books and movies added character depth to the show.

I would recommend this light read to any Gilmore Girls fan.
Missy  Miller
A hyper analytical review of "The Gilmore Girls" and what it has to say about popular society, social and community paradigms, relationships, family dynamics...etc.
Perfect for the English Literature scholar in me -- while earning my degree I did a lot of work on modern forms of literature and their impact on pop culture including TV shows and advertising.

For some it may be over the top. But I can get down with all that.
And, you know, Gilmore Girls. Need I say more? Genius. Excellent body of w
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Claire
I have mixed feelings about this book. Not only does it have lovely cover art and loads of topics surrounding my favourite ever TV show, it makes me feel like a true fan! I knew all the in jokes and recognised the quotes... but what I also found was that it also gave some opinions I didn't like or, rather, they made me feel wrongly about GILMORE GIRLS. I would say that if you are a fan then you should go pick up a copy, or at least borrow one from the library, to have a mingle through. It is the ...more
Kat
I liked the book less and less as it went on. Some of the essays were great, and some were just awful. Hands-down, my favorite was "Your Guide to the Real Stars Hollow Business World," which examined whether the businesses in Stars Hollow could succeed in real-life. "Dining with the Gilmores" was also pretty interesting in that it took a much closer look at how the plots revolve around food more than you'd realize (foreshadowing, etc.).

All in all, worth reading if you love the show, though don't
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Shelley
Jun 21, 2007 Shelley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gilmore fans, obviously
Shelves: media
Solid set of essays. I didn't agree with all of them - such as the one blaming the town of Stars Hollow for Lorelai's innate unhappiness - but they were all pretty interesting to read. Several focused on the pro-women aspect (with one taking the near opposite stance given the treatment of the various girls and the ramifications of their sex lives), and my favorite discussed the idea that in this pro-woman world, the writing of the male characters didn't relegate them to a pale, very backstage ex ...more
Rachel
Nov 25, 2013 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: usa
Some of the book is genuinely amusing and interesting, while other sections are rather too serious and drawn out. As soon as I initially flicked through this I guessed that some writers are academics, it must have been a fun writing gig.

It does irritate me that some seen to think Lorelai left home when she was pregnant, if you're going to write about the series you've got to get your facts right. It was when Rory was a baby as Emily was just too controlling. See? I don't take it all seriously at
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Sanne
Coffee at Luke's is a must read for every Gilmore Girls fan and bookworm. The essays in this book go into different aspects of Gilmore Girls life, including the mother-daughter relationship, the persona of Kirk, food, and sex. Not all essays are equally well written and some are rather far-fetched. I was a bit disappointed in this but I realize that from the format and looks of the book I expected more of an academic essay bundle than this largely casual work. Nevertheless, it is a nice way to c ...more
Epifania Rita Gallina
Absolutely adorable and fun critique of the Gilmore Girls show. I loved it!
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