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“Mama Don’t Preach”

By Carol Cooper


from Coffee at Luke’s

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This is one essay from the anthology Coffee at Luke’s

In the fall of 2000, “Gilmore Girls” premiered on the WB and viewers were introduced to the quirky world of Stars Hollow and the Gilmores who had made it their home, mother-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. With the show in its seventh season on the fledgling CW, Coffee at Luke’s is the perfect look at what has made the show such a clever, beloved part of the television landscape for so long.

What are the risks of having your mother be your best friend? How is “Gilmore Girls” anti-family, at least in the traditional sense? What’s a male viewer to do when he finds both mother and daughter attractive? And how is creator Amy Sherman-Palladino like Emily Gilmore? From the show’s class consciousness to the way the characters are shaped by the books they read, the music they listen to and the movies they watch, Coffee at Luke’s looks at the sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking underpinnings of smart viewer’s Tuesday night television staple, and takes them further into Stars Hollow than they’ve ever been before.

About the Author

Jennifer Crusie is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Bet Me, Faking It and Don’t Look Down (with Bob Mayer). She is a frequent contributor to the Smart Pop series, and editor of Flirting with Pride and Prejudice and Totally Charmed. She holds an M.A. in women’s lit and an M.F.A. in fiction. For more information visit

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About the Author

Carol  Cooper

Carol Cooper is a New York-based journalist and cultural critic who has been writing professionally about books, music, film, pop trends and social issues for over 20 years. Her work has been published in various national and international publications, including Essence, Elle, Latin N.Y., The Face (England), Actuel (France), the Village Voice, the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Her work has been cited in academic journals, and her critical and sociological essays have been included in a number of anthologies, including Rolling Stone: The ’70s (Little, Brown and Company), Brooklyn: A State of Mind (Workman Publishing Company), Dark Matter 2: Reading the Bones (Warner Aspect) and The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock (Random House). She is a member of the national nonprofit comics advocacy group Friends of Lulu and a 1974 graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop for Fantasy and Science Fiction. She is widely traveled and holds both B.A. and M.A.L.S. degrees from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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