If you’ve been following the blog for a while (or know me well), then you know two things about me: 1) I love celebrity memoirs (exhibit a, b, c…)and 2) I’m obsessed with Gilmore Girls. Putting those two facts together, it shouldn’t surprise you that I bought Lauren Graham’s latest book, Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything In Between) as soon as it was released at the end of November. I think I read it in 3 days (my record for 2016, which was not my most book filled year), and could have done it in 1 day if I didn’t have to sleep, eat or take care of my nephew during the day (apparently when you agree to watch someone’s child they expect you to feed them, look after them and not ignore them in order to finish the best book you’d read in months).
Talking As Fast As I Can is a collection of essays written about Graham’s upbringing, first experiences as an actress, dating in Hollywood, becoming Lorelai Gilmore the first time and revisiting the character for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen Graham in (from Gilmore Girls to Parenthood), read her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe and adored her quirkiness in interviews, so I knew I would love this book. I did not, however, know that I would love it as much I did.
I’m a pretty nosy person, so I love knowing what goes on behind the scenes of my favourite shows and movies, and Graham does a great job of sharing, especially in regards to the Gilmore Girls revival (she kept a journal during filming specifically for this book). I loved knowing little details, like that the top she wore on the first day of filming was called “Lorelei 2”, and how all of those Parenthood cameos came to be.
I also found that as I read, I felt a connection to Lauren Graham as an artist, more specifically as a writer. Graham’s writing is funny, poignant and so honest. She shared a lot about her process in writing her novel, and tips she learned from other writers that helped me a lot, especially in how I now view this blog and other writing I might do in the future. As much as I felt accomplished when I finished it (finishing a book is always satisfying to me), I was sad that it was over. I felt like we had become friends through the pages, and had found a new mentor when I was just expecting some good dirt on the Palladinos and how she and Peter Krause got together.
If you’re looking for your first book of 2017 (or second or third, depending how much of prolific reader you are), I would highly recommend you read this. I can’t recommend it enough. (Seriously, please read it so I can talk to someone about it).
Have you read Talking As Fast As I Can? What are you reading right now?