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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  11,922 Ratings  ·  1,942 Reviews
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 b
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
Dec 15, 2016 Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, memoirs
I love Lauren Graham!


I loved her in Gilmore Girls most of all! Duh. And I also loved her in Parenthood. But Gilmore Girls takes the cake, the old and the new! Woot!


I loved hearing stories about when Lauren was a child like living on the houseboat. I would loved to have seen that in real life! She has a lot of different stories that go back and forth from now and then. It was a little confusing at times but I guess that's why it's called a book of essays!

She even writes like Lorelai Gilmore so
Leslie Wilkins
Aug 29, 2016 Leslie Wilkins is currently reading it
I really hope Lauren Graham narrates the audiobook version herself!
Dec 28, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wish-list, audiobook
**Before reading the book:

This is being released on my birthday! And 4 days after the revival premieres! This is already the best birthday ever :D

**Upon finishing the book:

This gets 5 stars. Yes I am being biased because I love Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls (which is more than just a show to me, it's a religion, a way of life -- I know that sounds crazy but I've been too obsessed for too long, its unhealthy...just ignore me). But I genuinely enjoyed this. It was a fun, quick read, made even mo
Erin Patton
Dec 13, 2016 Erin Patton rated it really liked it
I love Gilmore Girls. I love it. I'm not one of those latecomers who found it in reruns or on NETFLIX. I watched it when it was on The WB and followed them over to The CW. I considered calling off from work on Black Friday so I could watch the revival. What I'm saying is I Love The Gilmore Girls.

Talking As Fast As I Can is the second book by Lauren Graham aka Lorelei Gilmore Sr. The first was her fiction book Someday, Someday, Maybe which I really enjoyed and was surprised by because I actually
Jan 18, 2017 Diane rated it liked it
Lauren Graham is another one of my girl crushes. I am a fan of the show "Gilmore Girls," and was happy to hear she had published a journal she wrote while filming the revival episodes for Netflix.

This collection of essays is amusing and heartfelt, just as I expect Lauren is in real life. My favorite pieces were her stories about the filming of "Gilmore Girls," and also what she's learned about writing (tip: allow yourself one hour a day without interruption to focus on writing — no internet, no
Jan 10, 2017 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2016
I will be totally honest. I read 99.8 % fiction. Reading for me is an escape, a chance to travel from the comfort of my home. When I select a book outside the realm of fiction, it is more often than not a history book surrounding an event or era. So why did I listen to Talking As Fast As I Can? Gilmore Girls. The show began in 2000, I was a young stay at home mother of three and that hour spent in Stars Hollow was magical. Rory loved books; I loved books and Lorelai's addiction to coffee rivaled ...more
Jan 12, 2017 Alexandra rated it really liked it
lauren graham is lorelai gilmore.

that's all there is to it.

i absolutely loved reading this (and to be honest, i heard her voice speaking in my head as i read). she talked about her time on gilmore girls the first time and then the overwhelming gratitude she felt about getting to do the reboot. she talked about being born in hawaii, spending part of her childhood living on a houseboat with her father, and participating in acting workshops and school plays as a young adult.

i learned that she's n
Jan 04, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im so glad I decided to listen to this on audiobook because listening to Lauren made it even more perfect. I adore that woman
Cindy Rollins
Dec 02, 2016 Cindy Rollins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
I bought this on an impulse, about 2 seconds after seeing it on Audible. It met none of my usual audio book requirements such as price and length.
It is a very short book and I am sure all those memoir criticisms apply here, all that worry over cohesive thought and editors, and yet I can't help but feel that if you listen to a
book non-stop for a couple of days and then think you might want to read it again after you finish the Gilmore Reboot then it deserves
5 stars.

This was a thoroughly enjoya
Jan 07, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was so fun to read! I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan and have been for about 12 years now. From the 4 years spent watching reruns of Seasons 1-7 every morning on ABC Family from 10am-noon to the binge watching A Year in the Life on Netflix I couldn't get enough of the show, so this inside look told from one of my favorite characters was perfect. First off I'd like to point out how much this felt like Lorelai. Honestly Lauren Graham was born for this role, I couldn't imagine any other actress, a ...more
Milana M (acouplereads)
Jan 15, 2017 Milana M (acouplereads) rated it really liked it
Just finished this one! And it felt a bit rushed and mish mashed and let's be honest all I wanted to read about was Gilmore Girls. But I did enjoy it overall so 3.5 stars!
Dec 06, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
My one-sentence summary: Lauren Graham’s personality shines through a lot here, and that’s delightful, but she doesn’t really explore much of anything with any real depth, and that’s disappointing.

I came to Gilmore Girls late, even though I’m in the exact age bracket to have grown up with it. My parents didn’t have cable so I couldn’t watch the WB and by the time I got to college, where many of my friends loved the show, I found it a little off-putting. Part of that was because it wasn’t really
Jan 11, 2017 Debra rated it liked it
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Jun 13, 2016 Parker marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Yes please yes please yes please yes please yes please
Dec 29, 2016 Vicki rated it really liked it
This is so fun, and made me laugh out loud, more than once. On every page Lauren Graham's personality shines through, and she's so dang genuine and likable. I think the "Old Lady Jackson" chapter might be my favorite.
Dec 05, 2016 Rincey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I would happily have spent another 20 hours listening to Lauren Graham talk at me.
Ammetto di essere un po' paranoico. Il che vuol dire che, nel momento in cui Talking as Fast as I Can è apparso nelle mie librerie virtuali, ho sentito distintamente tutti i contatti di aNobii e Goodreads levarsi in un unico grido: «Ecco spiegato perché sono due anni che non legge la Woolf e Dostoevskij! Ecco spiegato perché non ha ancora letto Ulysses e Infinite Jest! È perché è un cretino che perde tempo coi memoir delle attrici!»

Ebbene sì, sono un cretino. Ma a parte questo, adoro Gilmore Gir
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
I have come to the conclusion that I need to be best friends with Lauren Graham. That probably makes me sound a tad stalkerish, but hey, so be it. This book was such a fun, quick read and if you enjoyed her on Gilmore Girls, I'm convinced her and Lorelai are pretty much the same person. It was nice to learn how she got her start in the acting business as well as see some of her family dynamics growing up. In addition, the chapters she included about her experiences while filming Gilmore Girls an ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Gina rated it it was amazing
Loved this memoir! Love Gilmore Girls and Lauren, Parenthood has been on my list of things to watch and after listening to this I can't wait to watch it.

Don't go into this expecting it to be a Gilmore tell all, she only briefly discusses the original run of the show but does go into depth about the reboot. A lot of this is what most celebrity memoirs are, the story of the authors journey through that time in their life.

If you enjoy memoirs and are a fan of Lauren Graham then check this out. I en
Mattie Dulka
Dec 10, 2016 Mattie Dulka rated it really liked it
I want to be friends with Lauren Graham. Also, she got my hopes way up for more Gilmore Girls, so if there isn't more, I'm totally changing my review to one star.
Dec 05, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gg-reading-list
i love this woman - i love her characters and in the end of this book i just couldn't stop crying! made me relieve the revival and i couldn't be happier! ok, maybe if i met her, i would be happier :D
Esther (Chapter Adventures)
Yesss, love the cover! Can't wait!!!
Dec 24, 2016 TL rated it liked it
"I know how lucky I am to have had such wonderful first and second acts in my career. I'm still not sure what my third act will turn out to be (Sexy Baking Competition Hostess? Flamboyant Peruvian Bingo Caller?), but if you happen to run into Betty White, tell her thank you.

Love Lauren Graham as a person and I adored her first book but this was just 'okay' for me... don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading it. Just didn't 'love' it as much as I wanted to.

The old standby "Can't put my finger on i
➸ Gwen de Sade
Dec 17, 2016 ➸ Gwen de Sade rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have to be in the mood for books like this but this one was very entertaining. As a huge fan of the show I was very pleased by the fact, that Graham basically IS Lorelai in real life :D

Also: yes Lauren. That ending was a freaking cliffhanger!
Jaclyn Crupi
Dec 27, 2016 Jaclyn Crupi rated it it was ok
I love Lauren Graham. I LOVE Gilmore Girls. I love Lorelai Gilmore. Sadly, this book didn't offer any real insights into any of these things/people and felt crazy rushed. Disappointing.
Jan 16, 2017 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorelei Gilmore is real and her name is Lauren Graham.
Dec 18, 2016 Kristina rated it really liked it
It felt exactly I was having a cup of coffee with Lauren and she was telling me all about herself and Gilmore girls
Jan 05, 2017 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook is the way to go. Lauren Graham is an engaging writer/speaker and the added "bonus" of the phonecalls featuring her father and book agent were such fun touches!

I wanted to check this out because...Gilmore Girls. I mean, is there another reason? I confess that I haven't watched Parenthood so her recollections about that were largely lost on me. The recollections about her childhood, formative years, and Gilmore Girls were interesting. Maybe nothing new for the die hard GG fan...but it
Iris van Krimpen
Nov 29, 2016 Iris van Krimpen rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
4,5 stars. You could call this a book or name it for what it is: Lauren Graham talking to you, sharing her experiences. More times than not I could hear Lauren's voice and I just had to read just a little bit faster to catch up.

This is the first book ever I've read and finished(!) on the first day it's out and about. Yes, okay, that's also partly due to the fact the other books where just too big to finish in one day. But that's in no way a critique on this book. I've waited almost feverishly f
Dec 17, 2016 Beatrice rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's kind of a love letter to Gilmore Girls. You learn fun details about the show during its long run and during its revival on Netflix. Who knew the revival episode titles are in the same order of the Carol King song?! Graham's personality, wit, and intellect shine through. This was a real treat!
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An American actress, producer, and debut novelist best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and Sarah Braverman on Parenthood.

Graham's debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe is a work based on a fictionalization of her experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s.In May 2013, the book entered the New York Times best seller list.

Graham signed a deal with Warner Bros. Telev
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