Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham — A Review

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

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Just go buy this and read it and love it. Can my review end there? No? Well, all right. I’ll give you a few reasons. 😛

I have been watching and re-watching Gilmore Girls since it came out in 2000. There I was, at the ripe old age of thirteen (stop doing the math!), watching Rory. A girl who loved her books. Just like me! A girl who studied, and stayed at home, and had a freakishly close relationship with her mother. Just like me! Well, needless to say I was hooked. Now, before you get mad at me, and say, “Raeleigh, this is supposed to be a review of a BOOK not the TV show.” I know. But the TV show is the reason I heard of Lauren Graham in the first place. Then I saw her through the years in various movies and then again in the beloved Parenthood (I’m not crying, you’re crying, omgthatshowbreaksmyhearteverytime).

So when I found out there was a memoir, I HAD to have it. Then it languished on my shelf for a couple of years. I know, I know, what kind of book reviewer am I!?!? But then. This year. It worked as one of my challenge books for the Read Harder Challenge. What luck! Number 12 is “a celebrity memoir.”

Now, if you liked quick-witted, fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore, then you will like this memoir. Lauren Graham’s writing is very much like Lorelai’s speaking. A fellow book reviewer told me she listened to the audio book, which Graham narrates herself. I must now get my hands, err..ears, on that! I can only imagine it’s even more amazing being delivered in her iconic voice.

Graham lets us in on some pretty private moments in her life. From growing up with her dad to schlepping it in New York, working all kinds of jobs so that she could pursue her dream of being an actor. I think for me, that was the part I liked most. I knew I would love hearing about her time on the Gilmore Girls and A Year in the Life sets. But it is always so inspiring to me to hear artists describe their early years. What I have started calling, the “lean years.”

What all of these artists, who eventually “make it”, have in common, is that they never, ever, ever gave up. They just kept working at the thing they love. It gives me the warm fuzzies and a sort of frenetic energy in my chest that makes me want to get up and do things!

Have I gushed enough yet? No? Guuuuussssshhhhhh. There you go. Now go get this!

Happy reading, lovelies!


Yes Please by Amy Poehler — A Review

yes pleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler

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“You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.”

Amy Poehler is hilarious, obviously, but I already knew that from watching her in sketches on SNL and in her roles in Baby Mama, Wet Hot American Summer, Mean Girls, Parks & Recreation, and Sisters (I know, I watch alotta Amy Poehler — deal with it).

What this book taught me about Amy, is that she has a spectacular way with words (seriously this woman’s vocabulary is massive and her sentence structure is always new and interesting); she has a huge and sensitive heart; an incredible work ethic; some pretty fantastic ideas about recreational drug use; and she seems like she would be an AMAZING bestie. Please let her know I’m available if she’s ever in the market. You know, should she and Tina ever have a falling out. It’s more likely that the world would end abruptly, but, just in case, I thought I’d put that out there.

Now, I did listen to the audiobook, and I feel like that was the absolute best choice because her words were delivered in her unmistakable voice. I laughed, I cried, I laugh-cried. I got a lot of strange looks because I listened to this in public, but I did not care.

“It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate.”

If you love comedy, improv, acting, or show biz AT ALL, you should devour this. If you’re thinking, oh, comedy’s not really my thing…you should devour this. It’s honest and sensitive and yes, funny, but it is also very intimate. While she did not share super personal, nitty-gritty details of her divorce, she did open up a huge window into how her mind works, her struggles with sleep and anxiety, and her overwhelming, and in fact, all-consuming love for her children.

“I swear, if I could eat my children, I would. I’d consume them like some beast in a Hieronymus Bosch painting, but in a friendlier, more mom-like way. Their little bodies make me salivate. It takes everything I have not to swallow them whole.”

What a woman!

P.S. Amy, Yes! Please read ALL THE THINGS!!!

ThankyouThankyouThankyou 😉