Girl Walks into a Bar . . .
Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
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.
"[Girl Walks Into A Bar...] will take you away."
— Janet Maslin, 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.” — 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
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