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Novelist Crusie resumes editorial duties in this follow-up to her previous Smart Pop series entries (Flirting with Pride and Prejudice, Totally Charmed), a collection of essays on the television series Gilmore Girls, a small-town mom-and-daughter dramedy known for clever, rapid-fire dialogue and rich relationships. This title arrives just in time for grieving fans-after seven seasons, Gilmore recently aired its final show-but is a typically mixed bag. Charlotte Fullerton's defense of the show's cantankerous elder stateswoman, Emily, is an insightful look at "a fascinatingly complex, layered fictional human being." Sara Morrison's "Your Guide to the Real Stars Hollow Business World," in which she compares the Connecticut town of her teenage years with Gilmores' setting to determine which businesses would survive, is amusing but aimless. Further off the mark is Jill Winters' exploration of the static life of a fictional town ("Stars Hollow does not seem to be a place where one can evolve") in which she seems to forget that she's discussing a comedy-drama, not real life-a mistake she's not alone in making. This title may not have a long shelf-life, but disenfranchised Gilmore devotees-likely the most bookish TV fans a bookseller could hope for-are sure to give it attention.
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"A must-read for any Gilmore Girls fan."  —The Sacramento Bee
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  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933771178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933771175
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Coffee at Luke's: An Unauthorized 'Gilmore Girls' Gabfest" is a Smart Pop series collection of essays put together by Jennifer Crusie, whose introduction points out the utter appropriateness of a bunch of people taking about "Gilmore Girls." As an overview she points out that the show always kept in mind the basic rules for great dialogue: keep it moving, give everybody the best lines, talk up to your audience, and remember that the best dialogue is the stuff you can't hear. For each of these she has choice examples, which will immediately cause you to counter with your own personal favorites, and suddenly you are sitting down and joining the conversation the back cover proposes when it suggests you have some coffee at Luke's.

The first section is entitled, "It All Comes Out in Moron: Personal Relationships." "Whimsy Goes with Everything" by Heather Swain argues that everybody in Stars Hollow is a little eccentric, but that Kirk is something special. "Boys Not Allowed" by Jennifer Armstrong explains why Lorelai had trouble staying engaged long enough to get married, an argument that extends to Rory since the Gilmore Girls are too busy to be messed up by mere mortal men. Stephanie Whiteside focuses on a particular relationship in "When Paris Met Rory," contending that they have one of the most problematical relationships in television history.

The second section, "The Other Relationship: Parenting," focuses more on Lorelia and Emily. In "Mothers, Daughters, and Gilmore Girls," Janine Hiddlestone analyzes the fears, disappointments, and triumphs of being a mother in Stars Hollow, focusing in the end on the reversal of Lorelai and her parents' roles when Rory dropped out of Yale.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tracee on April 21, 2008
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I loved reading the essays, which analyzed everything from Emily (wow, most psychiatrists wouldn't take on that job) to the massive amounts of food consumed on the show. While I disagreed with the point made by a few of the essays, I think that the book points out the many subtleties that make Gilmore Girls a fan classic.
Did you ever notice the significance of Lorelai becoming a maid after leaving home? Emily fires maids every day, doesn't consider them human, and in season 6 calls them criminals who get their children to rob you. She said that to Rory, the child of a former maid. Little gems like that make this book a must-read. Plus, it gives you an excuse to break out the much-watched DVDs again.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Chad on August 15, 2007
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Hi all, as a 35 year old guy - i'll just say it - I ADORE GILMORE GIRLS! Such a great show, witty writing , a cool mom like Lorelai and Stars Hollow - what a town to seek to live in. I found this book here on Amazon, theres not much reference for Gilmore Girls, so this was a welcome addition, great essays and quotes, i highly reccomend it. Now if only someone would do a complete Episode guide covering the entire series that would be perfect.Recomended!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patty Conroy on October 10, 2007
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If you love Gilmore Girls, you will enjoy this book. This book reviews some of your favorite Gilmore moments, with perspective and wit from true Gilmore Girls addicts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Jahneke on April 27, 2011
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but if I had it to do over, I might have bought something that's more interesting to reread. The essays are all clever and worthwhile, though it might have been better just to buy a DVD set instead.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Smallwood on July 4, 2007
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I feel the essays were accurate assessments of the show. They made me realize how many different perspectives could be achieved by different people. But most importantly, the book made realize how the wonderful and innovative the show was for women and how it excelled when it was at it's best!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on December 12, 2008
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I bought this book simply because I like the Gilmore Girls. Hence is the only prerequisite for enjoying this book--though I'm afraid it is not necessarily a guarentee. I knew this was to be a collection of essays, but when I got around to reading them they were little more than something I could find in an internet blog. Which is not a bad thing, just not necessarily wonderful. Part of me wonders why one must disect a show as wonderful as the Gilmore Girls, but the essays did bring up the very points that made me like the show so much. Nothing spectacular, this book, but I'm sure many a die-hard fun will enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Antónia on August 26, 2014
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It's an absolute must have for any Gilmore Girls fan. After the depressive mood that the end of season 7 left us with by bringing with it the end of the show, Coffee at Luke's brings Stars Hollow back to our lives making sure that no details about life in this charming little town are left forgotten.
It's a practical Gilmore Girls manual. I was afraid this book would be nothing but a repetition of all I knew about GG already, after having devotedly seen all seven seasons of the show. Instead, I came upon a pleasant writing, offering a different view of the show. An outside, real life view, not a fictional Stars Hollow citizen one.
As being the Pop Culture references one of the major highlights of this show, the reference glossary on the back of this book will delight any pop culture fan and remind us of Amy Sherman-Palladino's wittily written dialogues that Lorelai and Rory gave life to.
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