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Publisher's Summary

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 44.

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 best sellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

©2012 Rachel Dratch (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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warm, sincere and funny

I wanted to keep listening. A tearful passage or two. A couple more that made me laugh out loud and more still that brought a smile.As someone who had her first (and only) child at 41, there was definitely some things I could relate to. By the time the book is over you feel like she's your friend -- or you'd like her to be.

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A fan all over again

I happened to stumble upon this book by accident because I had read Tina Fey's Bossy Pants. I loved this book. Well written, funny, and honest. I was a fan of Rachel's when she was on SNL, and I'm a fan of hers all over again! Also, I actually found her voice easy to listen to.

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Amusing, even if you are half a fan.

Love Rachel's take on life, love and Hollywood BS. Recommend to all women with even a little sense of humor.

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Smart and funny!

Laughed out loud and really enjoyed this book. Rachel is a brave and honest woman to tell her story and I'm glad I read it :)

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Entertaining

Like a bird on a wing, this story takes flight and you along with it. A symphony of emotions, opinions, and a culture unknown to most.

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Pretty good

She's sweet and funny. I was personally put off by how little she is educated about birth, because I think of all the women who read or listen to this who may then also assume that what doctors tell them about "needing" a c-section is true, about the "need" for ultrasounds (that actually are completely inaccurate at determining the amount of amniotic fluid), etc. But I appreciate her discussion of the beauty standard and everything else. Very heartwarming and pleasant book.

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  • TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, US
  • 07-23-15

Such a delightful book!

I've always loved this actress- she's perfection!

Her storytelling style is lovely- sharp narrative peppered with witty short lines a la Chinese Poetry to accentuate a beat in her story.

Who knew she was such a hippy at heart, a foodie and a good girl?

Screw Hollywood- she's is lovely in every way- I wished she would produced her own shows and films- she can certainly write and preform comedy...


Reading this book makes you want to see more of her- enjoy!

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Interesting but left a something to be desired.

Where does Girl Walks into a Bar... rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not one of my favorites. A little dry.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rachel Dratch? Why or why not?

I doubt it, the book fell short. It was interesting only because of her comedy work - she was honest but took too much of a feminist approach. Definitely a different side from what you see on TV.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rachel Dratch?

No, I'll stick to watching her in sketch comedy.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extremes.

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  • 07-16-15

Unoriginal, boring, and out of touch

This book should not not be suggested after Bossypants and Yes, please. Rachel comes across as whiny, boring, and privileged. She literally has a chapter dedicated to explaining why, as an unemployed woman, she chose not to have a nanny. And another chapter dedicated to the shame and embarrassment she felt when a vibrator bought for her by someone else was almost discovered. Unlike Tina and Amy, she lacks female empowerment and isn't someone you can relate to. Furthermore, this audiobook simply isn't funny.

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Great story

It is a picturesque view of the life of Rachel Dratch! Hilarious homage to her life. I highly recommend it!!!