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Talking as Fast as I Can

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I have a new reading challenge that I am attempting this year I found on Facebook somewhere. One of the challenges was to read a book that I could read in one day. This book met that criteria–it was only 209 pages. I think I read the first half straight through.

Lauren Graham’s first novel Someday, Someday, Maybe came out in 2013. My review can be found here.It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, because I think I was hoping for more of a bio, like this book is. That’s why I loved this book so much more.

Everyone who’s a huge Gilmore Girls fan like myself, wants to know about the making of the show and what it was like during those 7 years. Well, this memoir will give you some insight into those years of playing Lorelai Gilmore, as well as the Parenthood years, and the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life mini-series.

I liked the way Graham wrote this book; she writes to the audience as if she is talking to them face to face. Plenty of jokes and sarcasm. I think I would have preferred her to write this book first, before Someday, Someday, Maybe but I understand why she wrote that first now. She had some spare time in between shooting Parenthood episodes and that’s where her first novel began. I certainly applaud her for putting her baby out there for everyone to read and getting a book published! I’ve never done anything like that so I definitely give her props.

My favorite part about this book was where Graham watched all the Gilmore Girls episodes and commented with her favorite scene, hairstyle/fashion, and a fun-fact for each season. It was interesting to know that she makes a point of not watching herself in shows so she had forgotten some things that happened in the show. There was one part when she was shooting Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and she had to have the part where Lorelai and Christopher get married completely hashed out to her because she forgot it had happened! Such an important detail that she had forgotten! But with how hectic actors’ lives are, I can see how you wouldn’t be able to remember everything that ever happened in a TV show you’ve been filming for 6 years straight.

I highly recommend this book if you’re an avid Gilmore Girls fan and I’m excited to read her next book!

4/5

 

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Yes Please

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Amy Poehler: comedienne, actor, dancer, ex-wife, mother, occasional pot-smoker, sister of Tiny Fey. She is many things, and now, a writer!

Poehler mentions many times in her book about how hard writing is, and she would be absolutely correct. It’s hard to write about other books, passions, music, ideas. But sometimes it can be hardest to write about yourself. In this book, Poehler writes about her early childhood, family, friends, how she got started in comedy, how she came to work for SNL, and her biggest accomplishment (in my opinion) Parks and Recreation.

Let me say first that I loved the medium of this book. The pages were thick and bright. There were family photos and memories throughout, and each section began with a neon colored page and big lettering. There were a lot of pages but it was a quick read.

I only really new Amy Poehler from Parks and Rec and I recently saw her in the movie Sisters with Tina Fey. I thought she was funny without trying to be. Amy and Tina act like best friends in all of their sketches and that’s because they are! I like learning about celebrities’ real lives and Amy did her best to stay true to herself and speak honestly and openly about her life while also maintaining her sense of humor.

A few of the things Amy writes about:

  • First attempts at acting
  • Improvisation in college
  • Drugs
  • Getting wasted
  • Sex advice
  • Having children and being a working mother
  • The after-effects of divorce
  • Working with her best friends at SNL
  • Anxiety

I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of Amy Poehler. If you’re not, just get Netflix and turn on Parks and Rec and you’ll see what I mean.

4/5 rating