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Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle Hardcover – March 29, 2012

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“Rachel Dratch has written a memoir that is funny, honest and optimistic.  It's like spending a delightful evening with Rachel, but in a format that allows you put her in your purse and enjoy her on the bus. (Rachel, I think Lynda Carter should play you in the movie and you should play your son.)”
(Tina Fey)

"A hilarious look at how unpredictable and beautiful life can be. Like Dratch, Girl Walks into a Bar... is honest, surprising and always funny."
(Amy Poehler)

"This is one of those books where a woman tells of her struggles with life and love. But here's the caveat: the struggles are hilarious and the woman is Rachel Dratch."
(Sarah Silverman)

About the Author

Rachel Dratch was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for seven seasons, where she was known for her characters  Boston teen Denise "Zazu" McDonough, the "Lovers" professors with Will Ferrell, and Debbie Downer. Girl Walks into a Bar... is her first book. She plans on writing a 20-volume set about her life though, and selling it door-to-door like encyclopedias.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
i bought this book on my kindle and read it almost without stopping in one night/morning. incredibly smart and funny and down to earth and interesting and poignant all rolled into one. i laughed out loud every few pages-it's not just pleasantly amusing, it's well crafted and hilarious. complete with an important commentary on the limiting stereotypes of show biz, and the complicated tensions of being a single gal in her late 30s/early 40s, wrapped in a comedy candy bar of course. thank you, Rachel Dratch!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Day on April 3, 2012
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Not what I expected after reading every other comedian's memoir (Tina Fey, Michael Ian Black, Mike Birbiglia, Ellen, Paula Poundstone, Jane Lynch, Steve Martin...I'm addicted). I bought this mostly because I was curious about her romantic life and baby life, and she is someone whom the gossip mags basically ignore. Rachel Dratch satisfied all my curiosity with her candor, and she opened my eyes about why gossip mags ignore her. Because SHE IS A TOTALLY NORMAL PERSON! She is a talented and naturally funny person who has worked hard for whatever success she has in the NY and LA world, and she's faced totally weird and unfair criticisms. I enjoyed reading about her private dating life and her journey to motherhood. This book didn't blow my mind as far as comedian memoirs go, but it didn't disappoint either. She has a unique voice and doesn't name-drop or emphasize the Hollywood part of her life.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By BayArea2FL on April 5, 2012
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Many times, I got the giggles while reading this and thought I would have to leave the room or I would have woken my husband up. Obviously Rachel is funny but she is so relatable and admits to things that might be considered "oversharing" but that is what makes her so loveable. She is a true girl's girl - no wonder she has so many friends as you can tell from the many stories. She and I are the same age and I have never been a "baby" person but always felt I would handle it much like Rachel describes in the book. I have been a fan of hers since her SNL days, but even if you are not familiar with her, this book is so humorous on so many other levels that do not relate to SNL. I am even more of a fan now. Hope she writes more books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Antonia on April 4, 2012
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I read this book over the weekend and when I finished it I got that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you have a great Saturday out with an old friend. Rachel is funny and honest. Her book was such a great read. I loved the ending. She will be an amazing mother! I hope she writes a sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Enthusiastic Reader on June 8, 2013
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I feel so conflicted about this book. On the one hand, I sincerely appreciate Dratch's honesty and willingness to share her story, and I felt that she came across as authentic and not trying to cherry-coat any of her experiences. On the other hand, I wish that her editor or someone would have encouraged her to peel back another layer to basically every aspect of this book and share more of her actual feelings about the situations. The things she was describing were interesting, but I felt her responses to the situations were not interesting in themselves (with the exception of parts of her passages on 30 Rock and of starting out at SNL).

For example, she describes a dating "crusade" as 3 different dates over the span of something like a year. In what world is 3 dates considered a crusade? I appreciate her honesty about the difficulties of dating, and the mistakes she'd made in the past by preferring not "nice guys" and suffering the consequences. It was just difficult for me to understand, as it was written, just what was so difficult about dating for her specifically - if she had peeled back another layer, let us know why it is that she was going for the "bad guys," then maybe it would have been more emotionally engaging for the reader, and also more of a relief when she met such a nice guy in the end. I just couldn't really connect with why she had gone for the difficult guys previously.

I also thought she was shockingly naiive when she discovered after SNL that she was expected to produce a "boner" along with a laugh...she said, "When did the rules change?" For better or worse, she had to have had the insight that a comedienne and/or actress's looks are taken into account when they are considered for a role...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've always had a soft spot for Rachel Dratch because she's not the "traditional" actress-type. Plus, she's always funny as hell and willing to go the extra mile for a laugh. She's relatable, I always thought, because she seems real.

Turns out that I was right. Her memoirs have no tragic reveals about her life, no awful memories or life-changing tragedies, but Dratch comes across as a very nice person who happens to not have the beauty queen looks that Hollywood seems to demand. Seeing as how I'm also not of the beauty queen variety, I could relate to her struggles to get out of the "wacky lesbian/secretary/best friend" roles. Dratch writes with an easy humor that feels like a friend telling you a story. I finished the book in one evening because the pages just rolled by...plus her story--including her unexpected pregnancy at the age of 44--was so interesting and well-told.

Highly recommended.
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