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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 cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and - of course - talking as fast as you can.

©2016 Lauren Graham (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group

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soooooo Gilmore

enjoyable, wish there was more, though. funny and relaxing. great companion as a background for whatever you are up to.

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  • India C.
  • 03-03-17

I can't believe it is over!

I knew I needed to hear this from Lauren's lips rather than read it myself. However, I enjoyed it so much that next time I'm going to read it. Whichever way you decide to consume it, bring tissues.

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  • bunintheoven
  • 02-01-17

Thin Puff Piece

Even as a fan of Gilmore Girls I thought this was a bit thin. There isn't much of interest here, you don't really get a sense of how she felt about other actors or what they were really like. it was all just gushingly wonderful. Also not being able to see the pictures that are referred to really dents your enjoyment. Disappointing.

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  • Madeleine
  • 01-26-17

So incredibly special

What made the experience of listening to Talking as Fast as I Can the most enjoyable?

There are so many things that made listening to this book enjoyable. I would have to say Lauren's reading is a massive factor, and the level of detail she goes into in all of the right places. If you love Gilmore Girls, you HAVE to listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Talking as Fast as I Can to, and why?

I couldn't compare this book to any other biography/non-fiction. Lauren should have her own genre. It's funny, emotional, interesting and beautiful.

What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lauren's delivery of her own jokes and asides is superb, and yes, she really does talk fast! But in a good, excited way; the way that we have all come to love through Lorelai. I don't think anything beats hearing a writer read their own story, because they understand it more than anyone else, it brings emotion to the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lauren talks about filming "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life", I cried almost every time she said she cried. It was so moving, but don't listen when you're driving - you won't be able to see for the tears, and you might "move" into a wall.

Any additional comments?

I love Lauren Graham.

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  • Keesh
  • 11-29-17

Feel good book

I really enjoyed it, had me hooked from the start. Definitely worth a read especially if you are a huge Gilmore Girls like me :)

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  • Miss
  • 11-16-17

Absolute genius! Read this please

This book is phenomenal. If you watched Gilmore girls, this is a must but even if you haven't you'll want to by the end and both will change your life.

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  • BD
  • 10-22-17

Easy to listen to

Great book, almost like having a chat with LG, she’s funny and witty and wise.
It’s light, but that’s ok, I like that she’s private and I’d have been disappointed if she’d been different.

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  • A Vedder
  • 09-06-17

I loved Lauren Graham & now I love her even more.

This is hands down the best biography/collection of life essays I’ve ever read/listened to. It is SO lovely to listen to Lauren Graham herself bring to life all of her life lessons and to hear all of the backstage secrets. I LOVE old lady Jackson & was looking at my phone I’m busy London when I was told to look up :-) I will remember that. I was 18 when I first met (virtually) and loved Lauren Graham, I’m now 36! so feel like she’s been in my life forever, hearing she is as super lovely in real life as i imagined and getting to hear advice first hand was lovely. I think I’m probably going on a bit much but I genuinely loved listening to this. Thank you Lauren.

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  • Sobia Hussain
  • 08-25-17

Beautiful..

What did you like most about Talking as Fast as I Can?

Lauren Grahams voice just does her writing justice, with her little quirks and personality. <br/>Listening to this has made my year, it really has. <br/>She gives amazing advice as well as insight into her life.

What other book might you compare Talking as Fast as I Can to, and why?

None. It is too different to be compared.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The advice on writing and what she did to stop herself getting distracted, and the part about the hollywood diets.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh, a lot. Talking about specific topics in the way Lauren does always makes me laugh.

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  • Rosemary
  • 08-20-17

Love it!

If you could sum up Talking as Fast as I Can in three words, what would they be?

The only issue I found with this book was that I couldn't stop listening to it!

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  • Sarah
  • 08-07-17

A how to guide to life and life without GG

This is a brilliant book about Lauen Graham and how she became the slick tongued characters we know and love. She writes with her true voice and performs the story like you are sat on a sofa, with a glass of wine and chatting to an old friend.

If you love Gilmore Girls this is the best dose of medicine to cure the heartache; with a laugh and smile.