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If your memories of the mid-’90s (say, scrunchies and VHS-taped episodes of Friends) serve as feel-good nostalgia, then a new book by actress Lauren Graham is certain to score pride of place on your spring/summer reading list.

The likable thespian (who happened to get her MFA at SMU) is perhaps best known for her starring role on the hit TV show Gilmore Girls. But her new (and first) novel, the 1990s-set Someday, Someday, Maybe, promises to introduce her to a whole different audience.

In many ways, it’s a classic coming-of-age novel set in New York City: Winsome Franny Banks has given herself a three-year deadline to make it big as an actress or else she’s heading home to marry her college sweetheart. After landing a local commercial modeling Christmas sweaters, she’s intent on finding more success, and it’s fun to watch her audition and wade through the Big Apple’s crowded--and notoriously competitive--acting pool.

Our favorite thing about the book might be Graham’s deft attention to detail, like Franny’s quirky Filofax entries and the random ’90s shout-outs (remember McDonald’s McDLT?).

It's an endearing book that has us rooting for the heroine--and her creator--till the very end.

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