PERFORMING ARTS

Have I Told You This Already?: Stories I Don’t Want To Forget To Remember

Ballantine Nov. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9780593355428. $28. TV
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While best known as the quirky Lorelai Gilmore on TV’s Gilmore Girls, Graham has developed a strong second career as an author; her first essay collection was 2016’s Talking as Fast as I Can. This foray into personal reflections is a charming glimpse into the life of a relatable and extremely likable actress, complete with struggling to find work, navigating the illogical Hollywood hierarchies, and leaning into new experiences. Graham’s tales of waitressing at the Improv, working for (and accidentally shoplifting from) Barneys, and being forced to embellish the story she’d waited years to share on her first appearance on The Tonight Show showcase her gift of humorous storytelling. Her essays on filmmaking provide sage advice, and her tribute to New York is a beautiful love story. Woven through the tapestry of her stories is a thread of sadness, a woman in her fifties still grieving her mother’s abandonment, a lifelong struggle that reappears as she faces the end of a lengthy relationship and relinquishes the dog she knows she can’t care for.
VERDICT Graham’s down-to-earth stories are funny and touching; a surefire fourth best-seller.
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