Book Review: “Girl Walks into a Bar” by Rachel Dratch

Part biography, part comic observation, this collection of essays enjoys an effortless cohesion and wit that may very well surprise many who only know Ms. Dratch from her years as a member of the Saturday Night Live troupe on NBC.

Dratch’s observations on her upbringing, her college years, dating/not dating, her efforts to penetrate Chicago’s Second City and ultimately Saturday Night Live carry the reader effortlessly through the book’s first half.

Girl Walks into a Bar cover

Then, equally effortlessly, Ms. Dratch shifts gears and writes candidly and eloquently of her life-changing experience when she found herself pregnant.

At an age when most single women are expecting to experience menopause, she writes of her fears, joys, frustrations and relief as she deals with friends, family, herself and the baby’s father as she lives out her first pregnancy, when she least expected it.

Warm, funny, touching and hard to put down, this is a lovingly written book that actually made me laugh out loud.

HIGHLY recommended! (Five out of five stars.)

Rachel Dratch BW Headshot


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Married adult human male, father, brother, son, writer, voiceover actor and humorist. Frequently funny, sometimes snarky, occasionally profound. Beatles, Stones, Who, Python, Firesign Theatre, Shakespeare, Bogart/Bacall, Marx Brothers, Alice Cooper and more besides. Have worked as many things: traffic reporter, disc jockey, newscaster, interviewer, producer, copywriter, voice over talent, teacher, emcee, housekeeper, janitor, uniformed security officer, bagel baker's assistant and more, but don't let the uniform fool you, baby! I ... AM ... THE WRITER!

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