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Girl Walks into a Bar . . . by Rachel Dratch
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Aug 29, 12

bookshelves: biography-memoir
Read from August 22 to 28, 2012

Being essentially retired from show business in her early 40s (as the few roles offered to her were usually some combination of obese, secretary, or someone's elderly lesbian mom), Rachel Dratch decided to get serious about dating, which went not at all well, considering that after she was apparently rejected by a man who spoke very seriously about the merits of cannibalism, her next big date was with a gay man who had already introduced her to his life partner. Then one day she walked into a bar and six months later, she was pregnant at age 43.

Girl Walks into a Bar ... is a nicely realistic account of what it's like to be over 40 and single, and what happened when just as Dratch was gradually resigning herself to having a life different from the one she'd always envisioned, life surprised her.

Dratch is basically an optimistic and happy person, and there are some seriously laugh-out-loud moments at the end of the book, mostly involving the accoutrements of breast-feeding. I think Dratch's friend Amy Poehler summed it up best when she said, "Too bad Oprah isn't on anymore, because she would lose her shit over this book."
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Deborah Edwards Rachel, curious to know if there is anything about Dratch's early involvement in "30 Rock" and how they ended up "going another way" with Jane Krakowski instead. I wondered if it was mentioned in the book and how it may have affected her friendship with Tina Fey. Thanks for another entertaining review!

Rachel She does talk about it in a couple of sections, although the show business part of the book is pretty limited. She mentions that when she first guested on the show after being replaced as Jenna, she and Krakowski had a, "well, isn't this awkward," conversation, but she doesn't get into a lot of specifics. Ultimately, she agreed that she was wrong for the role, and was more comfortable playing the odd little guest characters. As for Fey, she doesn't have any hard feelings, saying they're still friends and that they've both been in the business long enough that they know that certain things are just outside of their control. When she does talk about Fey and their friendship, it's with a lot of affection.

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