essays / memoir / nonfiction

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham


I’ve been a Lauren Graham fan since I saw her on Caroline in City. I am possibly the only person who watched Conrad Bloom for the two or so episodes that actually aired because she was on it (and Ever Carradine, another fave). I, of course, watched Gilmore Girls. I even didn’t get to take a public history class I wanted (Urban History major, here) because it was on the same night Gilmore aired. So I was excited to read this book. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I hoped. It is written just the way she talks. Rambling, pop culture reference-packed, stream of consciousness babbling.

I sort of get it, it is who she is but surely the editor of Talking as Fast as I Can could have thrown us, the poor readers, a bone and tightened it up a bit. There were lots of interesting tidbits in there about her early life, Peter Krause, Gilmore Girls and the reboot but boy was it hard to get through when she brings up how she skipped kindergarten a billion times, she veers into talking about ’80s fashion in a paragraph that had nothing to do with fashion. She also starts offering advice at one point which was ill-conceived.

I’m glad I read it but it was a slog. However, if you don’t mind the rambling of a clearly bright if scattered woman, this is the book for you! I think it would be better as an audiobook than reading it yourself. Personally, I can’t stand audiobooks because they read so slowly but since Lauren Graham reads her own book, it might not too be too slow now that I think about it.


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