Book #31: A Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch


This book comes from my obsession with Tina Fey. I love Tina Fey. She’s so incredibly funny. She’s smart, sassy, and above all, unapologetic. I found this book, Rachel Dratch’s, on as a recommendation because I downloaded Bossypants. Dratch writes about her experience as a female comedian, actor, and writer on Saturday Night Live. 

This book is a really fun read–it’s about Rachel Dratch’s accidental pregnancy at 44 and the subsequent birth of her son. Forced into immediate intimacy with her baby’s daddy, Dratch struggles through all the usual stress of having a baby, told with self-deprecation and humor. She’s part of a generation of women who are a new kind of funny–they don’t take themselves too seriously, they’re super sharp, and they push the limits of what it means to be a woman in comedy. It’s inspiring to hear about women like these taking on the world of show business regardless of their looks, weight, or bust size. (Not that any of them are anything less than beautiful–but they’re not cookie cutter beautiful.) If you’re looking for some girl-power, or some really positive female role models, look Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, and Rachel Dratch.

The list so far:

1. In One Person by John Irving

2. Mathilda Savitch by Victor Lodato

3. At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

4. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

5. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers

6. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

7. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian by Kurt Vonnegut

8. My Life in France by Julia Child

9. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

11. The Solace of Leaving Early by Haven Kimmel

12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

13. Divided Minds by Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn Spiro, M.D. 

14. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

15. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel

16. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

17. Jerusalem Gap by T.R. Pearson

18. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

19. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

20. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

21. Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

22. The Commitment by Dan Savage

23. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

24. Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

25. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

26. The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

27. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

28. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

29. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

30. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

31. A Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch


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