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Talking as Fast as I Can

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Lauren Graham

4 Hours 36 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

November 2016

Audio Book Summary

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 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.

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  • Allyson Feltenz

    While growing up watching Gilmore Girls and being able to see the reboot on Netflix, I just knew I had to read this book. Not only do I love her as an actress but reading her book was just as amazing and I felt like a kid watching her in tv. This book was very funny and sarcastic and FAST. I got through it in one night. It was a bittersweet end to my Gilmore Girl experience.

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  • Kristen Threadgill

    Amazing book. I'm so glad I chose the audio book to hear Lauren tell her own story.

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  • Kate Mcquarry

    Great book, even better narration!

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  • Danielle Woods

    I never watched Gilmore Girls but enjoyed Lauren's wit and stories from her journey. Very entertaining!!

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  • Andrea Holmes

    Great book. I enjoyed listening to it on my commute and it made the drive fly by. Lauren Graham is a wonderful narrator as well.

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  • Erin Amadon

    Fantastic! The fact that Lauren Graham is the narrator makes this book even better. The story is fun, comedic, and entertaining. Highly recommend to anybody who is a fan of Lauren or Gilmore Girls.

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  • Erica Showalter

    So good!! Laughed out loud through the whole thing!!

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  • dana Maxson

    This is a wonderful and insightful read! The author does an amazing job I'm not to be telling her own story lots of interesting facts about behind-the-scenes both Parenthood and Gilmore Girls. Lauren, does a fabulous job near writing this book as well. I can't imagine anyone but her being the narrator. It was spot on perfect!

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  • Samie Sauls

    Absolutely loved it!!!

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  • Ashley Hunter

    Loved it! So cool to get all of these insights! I love Gilmore Girls and parenthood so very much!!

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