Girl Walks into a Bar . . . by Rachel Dratch

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...she writes in a conversational tone, and it’s easy to hear her voice reading her words. Each chapter feels like a story she might tell a couple of good friends over lunch or on a bus ride.
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In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four.

Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."

Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar... is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

 

About Rachel Dratch

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RACHEL DRATCH is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and she went on to the Second City Mainstage before joining Saturday Night Live. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Eli.
 
Published March 29, 2012 by Avery. 255 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila Moeschen on Apr 04 2012

What ultimately makes Girl Walks Into a Bar pertinent is Dratch's willingness to dwell in and accept messy ambiguity.

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Boston.com

Below average
Reviewed by Meredith Goldstein on Mar 29 2012

She tries to keep the tone light and her delivery provides some laughs, but the spirit of some of these tales brings to mind... that sad sound effect that followed every one of her depressing punch lines.

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The Spit Take

Excellent
Reviewed by Nick Zaino

...she writes in a conversational tone, and it’s easy to hear her voice reading her words. Each chapter feels like a story she might tell a couple of good friends over lunch or on a bus ride.

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New America Foundation / Slate

Excellent
Reviewed by Torie Bausch on Apr 12 2012

Girl Walks Into a Bar’s discussion of her unexpected, late-in-life pregnancy is funny and honest and poignant.

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Below average
on Apr 08 2012

...if Dratch wants to, she can craft a topical, relevant book on par with Fey’s fantastic Bossypants. While not an incredibly wowing debut, it does show promise.

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