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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407576
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Funny, honest, and optimistic. It’s like spending a delightful evening with Rachel, but in a format that allows you to put her in your purse and enjoy her on the bus.” —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

“[Girl Walks Into a Bar...] will take you away.” —Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Dratch’s book is definitely funny, but it is her courage to speak openly about her struggle with dating, romance, and the Holy Grail of feminine culture—motherhood—that makes this work as unconventional as her path to both television stardom and maternity.” —The Huffington Post

“A hilarious and incisive view of her unexpected life trajectory.” —The Village Voice

"It's rare that you find a book so sharply funny yet deeply optimistic. I LOVED this book from start to finish. Rachel's stories are just so candid and honest- It was hard not laugh out loud- so I often did." —Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk with Me

About the Author

Girl Walks into a Bar . . . is Rachel Dratch’s first book. She plans on writing a twenty-volume set about her life, though, and selling it door-to-door like encyclopedias. She lives in New York City.

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Rachel Dratch is very funny.
Janette B. Kindler
It's laugh out loud funny, entertaining and well written.
Melissa--first-time mom-to-be
Couldn't put the book down, read it in one sitting.
DeTa

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36 of 37 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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20 of 20 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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29 of 31 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antonia on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brock 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Kaufmann on April 16, 2012
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I bought this because I had seen Rachel promoting it on Leno or Fallon, it sounded funny and I wanted to hear more about her dating disasters and what the "surprise twist" was. I knew Rachel from her work on SNL, but didn't realize times had gotten kind of tough for her career after her contract wasn't renewed. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, for a few reasons: I love her type of humor -- intelligent, low-key, sarcastic but not mean, self-deprecating but not making a fool of herself -- just totally hilarious to me. I also felt like I could identify with her on so many levels -- not fitting in at school, going for the bad boys, "not reading", watching Real Housewives, not being "kid-enamored" but ending up as a single parent of a baby boy in a very similar scenario. She also keeps it classy, never resorting to gutter humor or TMI about her personal relationships. I'd highly recommend this, not only for a fun read but to get to know a very talented comedian. I am now a huge fan of Rachel's, and I hope we'll continue to see a lot of her work in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Charrette on April 12, 2012
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Rachel Dratch does such a great job of sharing some of her exciting life in comedy and her trials and tribulations as a single girl and a by accident mother. There are so many laugh out loud moments that you will be sad when you finish the book. You will be wanting to spend a few more laughs with this talented, honest, comedic writer. Reading this book is time well spent. Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By damgerine on May 12, 2012
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I went into this book expecting a few funny essays, but what I found was a touching, well crafted and honest story.

There's something more to this memoir than just laughs.
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