Girl Walks Into a Bar: A Memoir

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Random House, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
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From the glittering skyscrapers of Manhattan’s media elite to the slacker haven of a fashionably low-rent L.A. bar, Strawberry Saroyan traces her journey from girl- to womanhood, as well as from fantasy to reality. A powerful and profoundly postmodern coming-of-age story, with a voice reminiscent of Liz Phair’s one moment and Mary McCarthy’s the next,Girl Walks into a Barexplores Saroyan’s struggle not only with who she is and who she wants to be but also with who she is in the context of what she’s supposed to embody: the iconic, media-promulgated “girl,” a twenty-first-century version of Audrey Hepburn standing outside Tiffany’s looking at diamonds.

Girl Walks into a Bartakes a handful of the most striking and formative episodes of Saroyan’s life and brings them to the page as a filmmaker might, zooming in on the crucial “scenes”: Saroyan losing her virginity, starting her own riot-grrrly magazine, falling in dysfunctional love. Yet all the while she’s trailed by that other black-clad girl, the Platonic ideal of so many modern young women’s fantasies. Will the two ever meet? That question lies at the heart of Saroyan’s genre-bending memoir.Girl Walks into a Barpromises to be one of the most memorable debuts of the year.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Excruciatingly self-absorbed, often trite memoir of life lessons learned in the author's 20s.Evoking the 1990s and a generation's angst, Saroyan describes herself and her peers, privileged, ambitious ... Read full review

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User Review  - ReadMeSeymour - LibraryThing

A book written before its time. Although the author has some interesting experiences to share, I couldn't help but feel her life story would benefit from aging a bit before being told. I found the writing to be just average and overall, the book was more self-indulgence than storytelling. Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Strawberry Saroyan was born in 1970 and grew up in California. After graduating from Barnard, she was an editor atCondé Nast Traveler. Her writing has appeared inSalon, Elle,andVogue. She lives in Los Angeles.

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