Girl Walks into a Bar by Strawberry Saroyan
A Memoir

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From the glittering skyscrapers of Manhattan’s media elite to the slacker haven of a fashionably low-rent L.A. bar, Strawberry Saroyan traces her journey from girl- to womanhood, as well as from fantasy to reality. A powerful and profoundly postmodern coming-of-age story, with a voice reminiscent of Liz Phair’s one moment and Mary McCarthy’s the next, Girl Walks into a Bar explores Saroyan’s struggle not only with who she is and who she wants to be but also with who she is in the context of what she’s supposed to embody: the iconic, media-promulgated “girl,” a twenty-first-century version of Audrey Hepburn standing outside Tiffany’s looking at diamonds.

Girl Walks into a Bar takes a handful of the most striking and formative episodes of Saroyan’s life and brings them to the page as a filmmaker might, zooming in on the crucial “scenes”: Saroyan losing her virginity, starting her own riot-grrrly magazine, falling in dysfunctional love. Yet all the while she’s trailed by that other black-clad girl, the Platonic ideal of so many modern young women’s fantasies. Will the two ever meet? That question lies at the heart of Saroyan’s genre-bending memoir. Girl Walks into a Bar promises to be one of the most memorable debuts of the year.
 

About Strawberry Saroyan

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Strawberry Saroyan was born in 1970 and grew up in California. After graduating from Barnard, she was an editor atCondé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared inSalon, Elle,andVogue. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Random House, 2003. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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(The author is no stranger to celebrities, being the granddaughter of playwright William Saroyan and step-granddaughter of actor Walter Matthau, both coyly unnamed here.) In LA, Saroyan initially hung out at the Bounty, a bar filled with aging boys removed from reality.

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The life of a young media striver (she's William Saroyan's granddaughter) overflows with brushes with greatness, aborted romances, glamour, doubt and expensive mixed drinks.

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