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A Walk in the Snark [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Thompson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Sometimes I think I’m too jaded. Then I think no, it’s just the lighting.”

Praise for A Walk In the Snark -- now a #1 Bestseller!

5 of 5 Stars!

"The commonalities we all share is what makes this book spark to life."
Tony Eldridge, Author of The Samson Effect

"Filled with quirky and hilarious insight!"
Farrah, reader and reviewer.

"Thank you for making the lives of women and men more intelligible, Rachel, and for making us laugh at ourselves!"
Berit Ellingsen, Author

Rachel believes “Men are from Seinfeld, Women are from Friends,” and so do her legions of fans. She dares to ask “why do men want to change the world but can’t change a roll of toilet paper?”

Drawing on her decades (dear god has it been that long?) of marriage, friendships, and past relationships, Rachel’s specialty is observing male behavior and dissecting it with humor (Shopping is NOT a Verb). Think of her as the Scientist of Snark…without the ugly white labcoat of course. #asif

“Husband: Mumble, mumble, mumble.
11yo: What?
Me: It’s okay. I speak husband.”

See why everyone is buying this book! Mancode, Chickspeak, and much, much more!

See why critics love it! More praise:

5/5 Stars

“Crisp, cutting and caffeinated. A gem of a read.”
Rebecca Tsaros Dickson
Author, I Could Tell You Stories, editor in chief of Indie Ink

5/5 Stars

“The author's wicked sense of humor sprinkles everyday stories of relationship angst with spicy hot pepper with keeping it real adventure.”
Bonnie Jean Adams
Chicago Culture and Events Examiner

5/5 Stars
“Her book should be at the top of your ‘recommended reading list for you and your ‘guymanperson.’ Maybe it should even be a required reading "manual" for marriage. I'm pretty sure it could solve ALL the problems couples face, stop global warming and result in a true and lasting world peace.”
Daniel Audet, author, The Writers Road

If you want to laugh, cry and risk blowing coffee out your nose at Rachel's unique take on life (just check out her Manesia essay), you've GOT to get this book!

Want to learn more about the author? Check out her author page here on Amazon, her blog, Twitter @RachelintheOC, Facebook, Goodreads, or email her at She'd LOVE to hear from you!

Want to know why this book reached #1 on the Kindle Motherhood Bestsellers list? Buy it!

Editorial Reviews


"The commonalities we all share is what makes this book spark to life."
~Tony Eldridge, author of The Samson Effect

"Thank you for making the lives of women and men more intelligible, Rachel, and for making us laugh at ourselves!"
~Berit Ellingsen, author of The Empty City

"Crisp, cutting, and caffeinated. A gem of a read."
~Rebecca Tsaros Dickson, author of I Could Tell You Stories, Editor-In-Chief, Indie Ink

"The author's wicked sense of humor sprinkles every day stories of relationship angst with spicy hot pepper with keeping it real adventure."
~Bonnie Jean Adams, Chicago Culture and Events Examiner

From the Author

I pulled many of my original blog pieces together for this book -- rewriting them completely to read more as essays; then I added in about 30 - 40% brand new material. It's not ALL humor, but it is all real. 
The book is meant to be humorous and not taken literally. It's satire, sarcastic, and snarky. Some people take it very literally and are terribly offended, which isn't my intent at all. 
If you can laugh at yourself, this is a book for you. If you can't, move on. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rachel Thompson (December 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KKZ3GC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Author Has Pegged It Right On! March 13, 2011
By Tony
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded a trial of "A Walk In The Snark" and within 10 minutes, I just had to purchase the rest. I was laughing and rolling my eyes at the same time, while a nagging thought kept asking, "How does this author know me and my wife so well?" I took comfort that there are indeed more men like me and more women like my wife who put up with us. Even the most mundane tasks, like shopping with a list that our wife gave us, seems to be taken right out of my life.

Many authors try to capture the humor in our relationships in a way that is endearing as well. Rachel has done that marvelously. I can only imagine how much women enjoy this book, but to the men out there... trust me, you'll love this book, you'll laugh with it and you'll even try to convince yourself that it isn't really you in there. But the commonalities we all share is what makes this book spark to life.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Walk in the Snark January 26, 2011
By the Bam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been reading "Rachelintheoc" since I discovered her blog. She looks at life with a different view and turns little annoyances into funny, heart-warmning, and yes, sarcastic commentary. Her essays bring truth to life, and can be downright laughable, or tear-jerkers, or just head nodding (with thoughts of why didn't I think of it that way.) I thoroughly recommend this book to all men and women who like to look at life from a different viewpoint.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Talented New Voice February 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I met Rachel through her blog and the IBC. Oh lord, is this lady funny! And talented!

A Walk in the Snark is a fine collection of snarky posts about relationships, about men, about woman, about how they interact. It also has some truly heartfelt passages in it about loss, about love and how the two go hand-in-hand.

This is a book worth picking up and reading. It is a refreshing, daring, frank discussion about all things man and woman.

Bravo to Rachel on her debut! I most certainly cannot wait to read more from this very talented writer.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel in the OC - Let's take a Walk... January 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel.
For the first time in a LONG time, upon reading the very latest from the upwardly mobile west coast suburban mind of "Our Lady in the OC" - I laughed. I just plain laughed.
Words like "Manesia", (I think I have that, often, and the doctor says it's permanent, with me), "Refrigeratoritis" and other brilliant new terms (which I believe will become part of 21st century Americana speech) all come under her own trademarked heading of "The Mancode" and a new and shadowy term and/or secret society she calls: "Chickspeak."
Underneath her "snarky" witty perspective and very clever writing is, I think....a true desire on Rachel's part to change the world, one guy at a time.
So, let the training begin! Wait...What? (guy panic, I'm ok now)
I must announce at this point that I have resolved, Thanks to Ms.R, to be "the man" and actually change the toilet paper roll from now on. Hamper etiquette and other "guy" "rights" were battles long ago fought and LOST, by yours truly. I keep quiet, I cook, take out the trash and do laundry. I even surrender the remote, on occasion. I think Rachel might be very pleased.
(I'm working on the anniversary thing....I swear!)
Rachel's love of 80's rock is quite endearing, as is her instructional manual for women, regarding "war paint" and other personal issues. P.S. - I know what a "Chanel" is: It's ESPN, Discovery and Spike TV, right? Right?
As a guy, I'd rather shovel snow naked in Siberia than have dinner at the "in-laws", though in our case it's just dear old "Mom" (argggg, I just bit my tongue..), but...I do.
Chick Time? Huh? What?
Lists? Huh? What?
Rach- can I call you Rach? Rach has her own way of covering the bases of life from her very own place in the sun.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SwiftInkEditor April 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Seriously, a great read. Take a break from your own daily life and walk through Rachel Carsman Thompson's snark. She hits on everthing in the most hysterical but dead-on way. Want to know why men do what they do? Need to laugh about someone else's children? Wish you had a drink? With trademark humor and wit, @RachelintheOC tells it like is--sipping a martini and tweeting the entire time!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and intriguing! February 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had the pleasure of reading A Walk in the Snark, which is Rachel's nonfiction novel about the strange habits of men, chick speak, (or the confusing language of women) and everything in between. If you're looking for a hilarious nonfiction piece from someone who's observed the ins and outs of the OC, then this is the book for you.

Rachel's personality shines through every page of this book. In a way, she reminds me of Chelsea Handler. I enjoyed reading about her observation on men (I mean, why on earth do they insist on wearing funky golf pants?) and her keen eye for women (Why do we say "it's fine" when we mean the total opposite? Do we expect men to read our minds?).

A Walk in the Snark is filled with quirky and hilarious insight. It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, you will definitely learn something new from her work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awesome! June 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I came across Rachel through another author and found her to be hilarious and quite insightful in the areas of chick speak and mancode. I couldt wait to read this book and find out what the heck snark was. I was not disappointed. From page one, I laughed until there actual tears! This book was a huge hit and much need diversion from the highly inappropriate conversations at work.
Despite the comedy, I was moved by her sharing the emotional story of her ex. It was truly a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars So it's not really a novel...
I don't know why the description says it is a novel, but I still enjoyed it. Ms. Thompson's perspective has lots of humor and heart.
Published 9 days ago by Raelee May Carpenter
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
While sometimes amusing this collection of blog posts was never laugh out loud funny. The posts are repetitive in that there are only about four the themes in the book which are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Funny moments here and there, but a little too snarky, even for my taste.
Published 7 months ago by happycamper
2.0 out of 5 stars not funny nor my style.
I couldn't stand to finish this. I know this writer was generalizing, & she may have a good sense of humor to some. But, this was not humorous nor well written. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David
3.0 out of 5 stars not my type of book
Published 12 months ago by Mary B. Heimer
2.0 out of 5 stars A Blog stretched into a book
Sorry, I didn't enjoy this. She repeated her sadness about her former boyfriend's death multiple times, with snippets of whimsy about nice shoes, vodka, whatever. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Beryl Atchison
5.0 out of 5 stars This "Big, Bad Redhead" never fails to deliver!
Since I first started Tweeting, a while ago now, I have always been a fan of Rachel Thompson "AKA, @RachelInTheOC", as well as her blog. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mari-Clare
1.0 out of 5 stars Sexist
Terrible terrible and sexist beyond belief. It's the 21st century, Jesus Christ. Stop perpetuating these stereotypes. Ugh. Borderline unreadable. Would never recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Anne
2.0 out of 5 stars Vapid, cliche, entitled schlock
Wow, I'm glad I got this one for free on Kindle. It would have been much more painful if I had actually paid for it.

I don't often quit a book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Joseph Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Written with great humor!
Loved this book and could relate to so much that she wrote about. Excellent writer with a great sense of humor! All women (and men) should read!
Published 20 months ago by Night Reader
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More About the Author

Twitter: @RachelintheOC

Rachel Thompson (aka RachelintheOC) is a bestselling author, now represented by Booktrope, and social media/author marketing consultant (BadRedhead Media and Author Social Media Boot Camp).

Three of her four books, A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces are all #1 Kindle bestsellers! Midwest Book Review and two Amazon Top 10 Hall of Fame reviewers all gave Broken Pieces five stars! She just release Broken Places to stellar early reviews.

Her articles appear regularly in the Huffington Post, San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says...),,, and

She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut.

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