It’s no secret that I love reading and writing about people’s stories. I’ve recently gone through three top-notch autobiographies from some of my favorite people in the entertainment industry. If you like them on-screen or on the radio, don’t hesitate to pick up or download a copy of their book. Enjoy!

The Magnolia Story (Chip and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino)

Aren’t they the cutest? This book rewinds to the beginning of Chip and JoJo’s love story, which is just as sappy-sweet and comical as you would imagine. Both innovators at heart, Chip and Joanna take readers through the ups and downs of how they launched their one-of-a-kind careers, all while beautifully giving credit to God and His sovereign plan for their lives.

One of my favorite parts? The story of how Chip surprised JoJo by spending their extra money on a decrepit houseboat. This disastrous move on Chip’s part is what actually landed them a reality TV pilot.

Talking As Fast As I Can (Lauren Graham)

It sounds impossible, but I propose that you’ll walk away from this book loving Lauren Graham herself even more than the beloved Lorelai Gilmore or Sarah Braverman. Lauren is smart, witty, classy, down-to-earth, clean, funny, and oh so entertaining. You feel like she’s your best friend. (We ARE best friends, right, LG?) You’ll relish Lauren’s hilarious tales about skipping kindergarten, living on a houseboat, working in The Theatah (no thea-teeeer), being single (and why that’s okay), and of course, making Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.

One of my favorite parts? Advice from Old Lady Jackson. Lauren writes,

“Old Lady Jackson is a character I made up when I started catching myself giving advice–initially to Mae and Miles on the Parenthood set–that sounded like it came from your grayhaired grandma who spends her days in a rocking chair knitting your scratchy socks you pretend to love at Christmas. By creating this character, who was obviously very, very, very far away from myself, I hoped to confuse Mae and Miles, among others, into thinking that while I might sometimes seem to offer suggestions that could be considered a tad ‘old-timey,’ they weren’t actually coming from me…”

I think I have a little bit of “Old Lady Jackson” in myself, so this chapter was particularly comical to me. (Again, because Lauren and I are besties. Right?)

When God Doesn’t Fix It (Laura Story with Jennifer Schuchmann)

In contrast to the other two books I mentioned earlier, this autobiography carries a serious tone and many difficult truths. You might recognize the artist Laura Story from her radio hits like “Blessings” and “What a Savior,” but you probably don’t know about her personal hardships.

Laura began an unexpected journey only one year into her marriage, when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. What initially seemed to be a “next surgery will fix it” situation turned into a realization that Laura’s husband would likely have serious memory issues for the rest of his life.

One of my favorite parts? Laura concludes each chapter with a myth and a truth. My favorite is, “MYTH: God can only use my story when there is a happy ending. TRUTH: God can use my story when I trust him in the journey.”

Laura tackles the topic of our “happily ever after” mindset, sharing how she learned to praise God in the midst of grievous trials.

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There you have it, friends! As always, I love to hear your thoughts on these books and on YOUR favorite biographies. Happy reading!

Hello friends! I know you’re all excited to meet my next Celeb Sit Down guest from one of our all-time favorite shows, Gilmore Girls! This blog post is long-anticipated, as I’ve had this interview since early summer.

Now that we’re only three days away from the revival, it’s time for me to share my exclusive interview with the one and only… Emily Kuroda! You know Emily as the notorious “Mrs. Kim,” the mother of Rory’s best friend, Lane. From her fierce warnings about boys to her ruthless rules (“You break, you buy!”), Mrs. Kim has brought us many laughs throughout the series. So pour a cup of coffee, order some pizza and enjoy!

RS: What was it like reuniting with the Gilmore Girls cast? Who were you excited to see?

EK: The table read was so much fun. It was nice to see everyone! Keiko wasn’t there because she was shooting Grimm.

RS: What is your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls and why?

EK: I love them all, but one of my favorites is when I decide to kick Lane out of the house because she had looked me in the eye and lied to me. As she was leaving, Amy and Dan wrote a very short quiet scene — underlined with maternal conflict, fear, hurt and love.

RS: You have described yourself as “shy.” Are people surprised when they discover that your personality is very different from that of your character?

EK: They usually think it’s pretty funny.

RS: Gilmore Girls debuted in 2000. Did you expect the series to gain such longstanding popularity? Why do you think the show resonates with many different audiences?

EK: Amy and Dan are smart and witty and refuse to talk down to people. With so many shows on TV the audience is ahead of the story, but with GG they are always catching up. Jokes are not underlined, and when the audience catches one it is especially delicious. It is also based on real (although often far fetched) characters with very real relationships. Gilmore Girls appeals to the heart and the mind, and I think that is the reason the show has been so accepted and appreciated globally.  

RS: Even though Mrs. Kim and Lorelai are very different, they are both independent mothers with compelling mother-daughter relationships. What parallels can you draw between the two characters?

EK: The parallels between Lorelai and Mrs. Kim are the love for their only daughter and the difficulty of motherhood. Although Mrs. Kim has a loud bark, there were many times she doubted herself and her decisions.

RS: You had many comedic moments on the show. Can you remember a specific scene that was hard to film without laughing?

EK: The Bracebridge Dinner. I sat across the table from Sally Struthers (Babette) and Liz Torres (Miss Patty) — the two funniest (and kindest) ladies on the planet!  

RS: The show never addresses the character of Lane’s father. If you had to write in the character or history of Mr. Kim, what would his story be?

EK: It keeps changing. Sometimes I thought he was a missionary, or he had another family in Korea, or he’s a rockstar on the road…

RS: With over 30 years of experience in theater and television, which do you prefer?

EK: Gilmore girls was like a theater piece, but one that built and explored its characters over seven years. How lucky am I to have been given that!

 

Watch this clip from Emily’s favorite episode, “In the Clamor and the Clangor” (Season 4, Episode 11). Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, will premiere on Netflix Friday, November 25!

FAVORITE GILMORE GIRLS MEMORIES

Alright friends, we’re only 1 WEEK away from our beloved Gilmore Girls revival! As a way to celebrate, I want to share a few of my favorite Gilmore memories as we look back on the past 7 seasons. BUT, I need your help too! I’m asking you to share your favorite scenes or episodes by commenting on Facebook, reposting this article or tweeting @1RachelSinclair with your favorites… whatever you can do to spread the Gilmore love. I can’t wait to see your responses! 

1. Lorelai and Emily’s Fashion Show

You know Emily will do just about anything to ensure Rory’s bright future at Chilton, including going all out in the Booster Club’s fashion show that Lorelai somehow ended up hosting. Although horrified at first, Lorelai eventually lightened up and even smiled as she and Emily struck a final pose on the runway.

2. Rory’s Graduation Speech

“My ultimate inspiration comes from my best friend, the dazzling woman from whom I received my name and my life’s blood, Lorelai Gilmore. My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be.  She filled our house with love and fun and books and music, unflagging in her efforts to give me role models from Jane Austen to Eudora Welty to Patti Smith.  As she guided me through these incredible eighteen years, I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.  Thank you, Mom: you are my guidepost for everything.”

Bring out the tissues, please!

3. Luke and Lorelai’s First Kiss

IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! This might just be my favorite scene of the entire series. And you have to love Kirk. He’s the cherry on top to make this a scene of perfection! #LukeandLorelaiForever.

4. Lane’s Baby Shower

Sweet little Lane… on bedrest with TWINS! The whole town (including Lorelai and the feisty Mrs. Kim) comes together for an epic baby shower for Lane, Zach and their twin boys. Lane is only able to attend the party because of her friends and family who wheel her across the town square to Miss Patty’s studio. 

5. Rory’s Graduation/Going Away Party

 

Good ole’ Luke pulled off the surprise party of the century. He stays up all night cooking hot dogs and sewing together tarps because of how much he cares for Rory! (And the townspeople, and… maybe Lorelai too?) Everyone from Stars Hollow comes to bid Rory farewell. Richard and Emily even make an appearance AND tell Lorelai that Rory’s incredible character and success is a testament to her parenting. What a sweet moment!

I’ve shared some of my favorite Gilmore memories, and now it’s time for you to share yours! Tag me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and spread the #GilmoreLove! And stay tuned for my upcoming #celebsitdown interview with one of the Gilmore Girls cast members!