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

5 CDs. 6 hrs. Books on Tape. Nov. 2016. ISBN 9781524708955. $30. MEMOIR
Actress Graham, best known for her small screen roles on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects in this chatty memoir on her career so far. As the subtitle promises, a large portion of the book details Graham's experiences as a Gilmore Girls cast member. She provides commentary on the arc of the original series and shares excerpts from the on-set diary she kept while shooting the revived 2016 Netflix version. Parenthood is given a similar treatment in a shorter section. Fans looking for a tell-all will be disappointed as the author is more concerned with poking fun at her sartorial choices than dishing backstage gossip. Be aware that the book's title elides the estimated 50 percent of the book covering Graham's early life and career struggles, which served as inspiration for her 2013 debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe. That section, while charming and potentially inspiring to struggling actors, doesn't offer anything unique. This memoir often feels like a rushed attempt to capitalize on the renewed interest in Graham. Graham narrates her work, and here's hoping she writes another that evidences time spent breathing and reflecting after all the fast talking. A PDF of images from the printed version is provided.
VERDICT Given the expected popularity, this is recommended for all public libraries.
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