- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (February 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592407579
- ISBN-13: 978-1592407576
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Ms. Dratch maintains a blunt, irreverent and gently jaded posture, party because of experience . . . [she] turns her setbacks into irreverent vignettes . . . . her book, which moves from tales of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to an exploration of motherhood, convinces you that she has seen enough to justify a show business memoir.” — Jason Zinoman, The New York Times
"Ms. Dratch maintains a blunt, irreverent and gently jaded posture, party because of experience . . . [she] turns her setbacks into irreverent vignettes . . . . her book, which moves from tales of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to an exploration of motherhood, convinces you that she has seen enough to justify a show business memoir." — New York Times
“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
"[Girl Walks Into A Bar...] will take you away."
— Janet Maslin, New York Times
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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was in the Sample. It's the 'Then I did this, then I did this, then I did this' redundancy.
I am not a fan of Celebrity Memoirs. Most celebrities are terrible writers and have to have someone else write the thing for them. Also, most celebrities are incredibly boring people (this shouldn't surprise anyone, but will). Rachel is a comic and has been writing her own material since she was a child and I found her style very entertaining and engaging. I was drawn to her book, despite my hatred of celebrity memoirs, because Rachel doesn't pretend to be someone she isn't. Fame hasn't gone to her head, she's a normal person who just happened to be on SNL for 7 seasons and pops up in movies. She is honest and tells her story of how hard making it in show business is and "making it" doesn't mean you've made it forever - it's constant work to remain active in her field.
The first half of Rachel's book mostly revolves around how she got started in the business, her time on SNL, what really went down with her starring role on 30 Rock, and her struggles with making it in film after leaving SNL. The second half of her book is about dating and searching for love? companionship? a baby daddy? she doesn't quite know, but the journey is one she takes anyway and is full of bumps, a jekyll and hyde dog, and humorous weirdos. This part of the book was especially raw and relatable - Rachel realizes for most of her life she has prevented herself from finding love by surrounding herself with her gay friends, marrieds, and work.
I think some celebrity memoirs could get quite boring after the "juicy" showbiz part, but Rachel's got better with every page. I hope she continues to write because there's nothing like the feeling of falling in love with a book.
I realize most reviewers refer to the author by last name, but I couldn't do that here. It seems to formal for someone that writes in a way that makes her reader her friend.
I found it to be a quick, fun read; comforting and encouraging that someone like Dratch has gone through much of the same drama we all have in our lives; and even laughed out loud a few times. Any professional woman can relate to her tales of dating horrors, motherhood concerns, and the difficulties of moving one's career to the next level.
It's not as dark as some of the other Saturday Night Live cast memoirs but it is a joy to read.