Book review: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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In Lauren Graham’s memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can, she discusses her childhood, her early career, her big jobs over the years, and her side forays into other ventures.  With a college degree in English under her belt and her trademark wit, Graham has produced an altogether enjoyable memoir.

It’s no secret that I read mostly fiction.  When I read nonfiction, it’s usually a cookbook (which I’ll usually love) or a memoir (which I’ll usually dislike).  So often, memoirs come across as arrogant or are, quite simply, poorly written. Not so in this case.  Talking As Fast As I Can is not only well-written, with chapters that focus on different aspects of her life but somehow tie neatly together, but it’s also funny and engaging.  I often found myself laughing out loud at Graham’s commentary – sometimes more than once per chapter.

To be honest, the only reason I picked up this particular memoir was for my 2017 reading challenge.  At the moment, I’m little burned out on memoirs.  So many of the memoirs that I’ve read recently have been disappointing – either the writing leaves something to be desired or the book feels like a mess of hastily constructed blog posts.  Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended this book as a good choice for the “juicy memoir” prompt.  While I can’t really say it’s juicy, I can say that it’s well-written and well worth your time.

In contrast to a lot of celebrities, Lauren Graham comes across as very down-to-earth.  She doesn’t seem to have let fame go to her head and honestly seems very grateful for the success she’s had in her career.  She comes across like a cool aunt – she has enough years on you to give you solid advice, but she’s still young enough to know what’s going on in the world.  In a world where shock value has become social currency, it’s nice to see a wholesome celebrity memoir.

In the interest of full disclosure, I skipped the last chapter of the book since Graham comes right out and says that it’s full of spoilers for the reboot. Because I’m basically an old lady who’s addicted to her job, I haven’t seen the reboot yet.  If it’s anything like the rest of the book, the closing chapter will be amazing.

This is what I’m looking for when I pick up a celebrity memoir.  I docked a star because there were some parts of the book that felt a little awkward or unnecessary, but overall it was very good.  My favorite part was probably the random photos thrown in throughout the book.  I loved how she’d describe an awkward outfit she wore as a child and then actually include a picture so that we could get the full visual.

I’d like to be friends with Lauren Graham, and now I really want to read her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

#mmdreading: a juicy memoir

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