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Must Read: “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)”

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love and working as a woman in Hollywood, along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. Lauren looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress and years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set, asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role and her experience being a judge on Project Runway. The book also includes photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls.

Hood To Go

Brave the elements in style! An umbrella can be cumbersome and hooded coats can look unfashionable. This sleek, portable, water-resistant hood is the perfect solution for transforming all of your fashionable coats into functional rain gear that will keep your hair dry. It's attached to a vest and is easy to wear and invisible under any coat or jacket. Weighing just 4 oz., it adds no bulk and can be easily stowed away in its travel pouch when the sun comes out. $26. Available online in black and white. hoodtogo.com

Cuisinart Coffee Center

Featuring a fully automatic 12-cup coffeemaker on one side and a single-serve brewer on the other, the Coffee Center enables you to enjoy coffee any way you'd like. In addition, hot water from the single-serve brewer can be used to make tea and hot chocolate, soften dried mushrooms, cook oatmeal instantly and any time you need instant boiling water. You won't need a tea kettle taking up space on the stove. Get the best of both worlds in one appliance. $199. Available in stores and online. cuisinart.com

Vosges Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection

This exotic collection of truffles melds rich dark chocolate with unique flavors such as Chinese star anise, wild Tuscan fennel pollen, kirsch, horseradish, cask-aged balsamic vinegar and more. Each chocolate is different and offers a delicious tasting experience with cacao ranging from 62% to 75%. It makes a special gift for a chocolate-obsessed friend. 16-piece collection $45; 9-piece collection $30. Available online. vosgeschocolate.com

Jackery Mini Portable Battery Charger

Make sure you're always able to connect with your family by keeping your smartphone charged with the smallest, portable external battery on the market. This fast-charging charger is compatible with iPhones, Androids, iPads and more than two dozen other devices. It features 3200mAh rechargeable battery power capacity, smart safety protection and 500+ recharge cycles over its lifetime. It's available online in four colors and comes with a micro USB to USB 2.0 cable. jackery.com