Tayler Lord is a publicist at UNP and a member of #TeamJess for life.
This Friday, Netflix will release four 90-minute episodes chronicling a year in the life of the Gilmore girls. I, for one, don’t know how to contain my excitement. I am a true lifelong Gilmore Girls fangirl. When I was in sixth grade, I used to come home every day after school, make a bag of popcorn, and call my best friend so we could watch Gilmore Girls at 4:00 p.m. on ABC Family together over the phone. I own every season on DVD and have seen every episode more than once (cough, more than five times). I cry at the thought of jam hands and long-kept horoscopes, deep-fried turkey, and Paul Anka. I’m mentally preparing for the day that I accidentally get an “Oy with the poodles already” tattoo. I love those Gilmore girls.
For so long, I (maybe embarrassingly) thought that the “Gilmore girls” only referred to Lorelai and Rory, the fast-talking, overeating, pop-culture obsessed mother-daughter duo. Watching the trailers and promotional ads for the revival, I realized that Emily, Lorelai’s mother and Rory’s grandmother, is also a “Gilmore girl.” Throughout the series, she is almost always linked to her husband, Richard, and a lot of what she does revolves around him. Like Rory says during her high school graduation speech, Richard and Emily are “twin pillars”—you can hardly say Emily without saying Richard. Even during their separation in season five, her antics are mostly about her reaction to being without her husband of nearly forty years. Edward Hermann, the actor who played Richard, passed away in 2014 and his death was written into the revival. It will be interesting to see Emily’s life as a widow and how it affects her relationship with Rory and Lorelai.
In my infinite excitement about the revival, I’ve put together a Rory Gilmore reading list, since she’s definitely the most literary of the three. But, after my revelation about Emily and the Gilmore girls, I realized there are a few perfect UNP titles for each of the Gilmore gals. Grab a cup (read: pot) of coffee, ditch the tofurkey, and dive into some books that will get you into the Gilmore state of mind!
Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War by Marilyn S. Greenwald
Throughout the series, Rory continually works towards becoming an overseas correspondent; she writes for her high school paper and becomes the editor of the Yale Daily News while in college. As an aspiring journalist, Rory would love this biography of a groundbreaking female reporter.
In the final episodes, we learn that post-grad Rory will report from Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign trail. The nearly three-hundred stunning images from this book of political posters would be an excellent read for those long hours between campaign stops.
This 1857 title “offers readers a wider range of options for women in society, recognizing their need and ability to determine the course of their lives.” Sounds like the perfect book for single, independent, and entrepreneurial Lorelai.