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Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split

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ISBN13: 9780757305917
ISBN10: 0757305911
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If you've ever been dumped, duped, or three minutes from crazy, you'll love Crazy Aunt Purl. Side-splittingly funny and profoundly moving, Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the true-life misadventures of Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl, a slightly neurotic, displaced Southerner trying to create a new life after her husband leaves her to "get his creativity back." (Whatever the hell that means.) But will she get her groove back in a tiny rented apartment, with a mountain of boxes, visible panty lines, and a slight wine-and-Cheetos problem?

"I was a thirty-something woman living alone with four cats. I was probably going to be divorced. I was on the short bus to crazy. I pictured my grandmother making hoop-skirted yarn cozies for the toilet paper. I pictured myself making doilies for furniture that I did not own. I saw my cats wearing knitted hats with lace appliques. From my vantage point, knitting seemed like 100 percent of some road I did not want to walk down."

Yet, surprisingly, it's knitting that saves her and emboldens her to become fully engaged in life again — to discover new friends; to take risks, however scary; and to navigate the ins and outs of the modern dating scene.

"Dating has changed in a decade. Now there is a higher chance of meeting someone who has an internet porn addiction than someone who has a job. In Los Angeles, your dinner companion might have served time in Pelican Bay or run a meth lab. Or, worst of all, he might spend all night talking about his agent, his craft, and what it means to grow as an actor. Then he'll ask you to read his screenplay."

And such is life in this quirky, irreverent memoir, a spin-off of the blog phenomenon, www.crazyauntpurl.com, one of the most successful online diaries in history, exploding to an international fan base of enthusiastic readers. But don't worry, you don't have to knit to love Aunt Purl. You just have to know what it feels like to have loved, to have lost, or to have taken a leap of faith.

We've all been there: Pass the wine.

Review:

"Watch out, Bridget Jones: There's a new singleton in town, and she's got needles! This hilarious book chronicles the life of a newly divorced woman, as she struggles, dates, and knits her way back to sanity." Knit.1 magazine

Review:

"Poignant, funny and something every woman will relate to, whether or not she's been divorced, whether or not she knits, whether or not she finds herself covered in cat hair 'from the knees down.' My only criticism — I didn't want it to end!" Annie Modesitt, author of Twist And Loop and Romantic Hand Knits

Synopsis:

Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the irreverent first-person narrative of Crazy Aunt Purl facing life as a contemporary cat-loving, divorced, knitting-obsessed female. Readers will laugh and cry with her as she gets dumped (cast off, in knitting terms), gains weight (casts on), and finds new friends, and her true self, as she learns to knit.

For beginning to off-beat knitters, each group of vignettes showcases an original knitting recipe, from the quirky to the practical:
· A leopard-spotted Kleenex box cover (for a just-dumped crying jag)
· A wide-brimmed roll-down hat (for bad hair days)
· The every-new-knitter-knits-a-scarf scarf
· The Coworker scarf
· Felted drink coasters
· Flower pom-pom (if men don't bring you flowers, knit your own)
· Easy wine bag
· The Knitted Cat Thingmajig (or, the " Caterpiller" ) stripey knitted cat tunnel
· Felted overnight bag (for when you're ready to date again)

About the Author

Laurie Perry has written for the Los Angeles Daily News. She has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Vogue Knitting. Visit her website at www.crazyauntpurl.com.

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bbrrtt1, July 30, 2010 (view all comments by bbrrtt1)
Crazy Aunt Purls, Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry is a hoot! This is a really quick read that is a totally funny, yet honest, portrayal of one woman's walk though divorce, finding herself and knitting in the process. While I'm working on my 18th year of marriage to the "Big Guy" the book was a little hard for me to directly relate to but as a "born & raised southerner," I could totally "get" her "Rules of Southern Women" and a tendency to put all others before oneself. Perry's memoir is a humorous and engaging read nonetheless. As an added plus, she includes several knitting patterns at the end of the book! Perry is also an avid blogger and you can find her at www.crazyauntpurl.com. Enjoy!
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Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
I liked this book alot. I thought that the writing was witty. Quite a few times I would start laughing and my dog would perk her ears up and give me that look like "what are you doing?"

Having been through a break-up (not a divorce, but a long-term relationship break-up) I could relate to just about everything that she was saying. And for me being able to relate to the characters is one of my must-have features for a book to be enjoyable. Also being that it was a book about knitting, I knew all of the struggles that she was going through. Not sleeping because you just want to finish one more row (that inevitably turns in to 20 or 50)!

I think that this is a good pick-me up book. If you're down it can make you laugh, which is always a good thing to me. While reading I found myself laughing not so much because she was going through it, but because I have gone through the same things.

I would recommend this book to anyone going through a tough break-up, a knitter, or just someone looking for something amusing to read
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780757305917
Author:
Perry, Laurie
Publisher:
Health Communications
Author:
Laurie
Author:
Perry
Author:
Crazy Aunt Purl
Location:
Deerfield Beach
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
Needlework - Knitting
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Knitting
Subject:
Divorce -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
October 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
284
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 284 pages Health Communications - English 9780757305917 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Watch out, Bridget Jones: There's a new singleton in town, and she's got needles! This hilarious book chronicles the life of a newly divorced woman, as she struggles, dates, and knits her way back to sanity."
"Review" by , "Poignant, funny and something every woman will relate to, whether or not she's been divorced, whether or not she knits, whether or not she finds herself covered in cat hair 'from the knees down.' My only criticism — I didn't want it to end!"
"Synopsis" by , Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the irreverent first-person narrative of Crazy Aunt Purl facing life as a contemporary cat-loving, divorced, knitting-obsessed female. Readers will laugh and cry with her as she gets dumped (cast off, in knitting terms), gains weight (casts on), and finds new friends, and her true self, as she learns to knit.

For beginning to off-beat knitters, each group of vignettes showcases an original knitting recipe, from the quirky to the practical:
· A leopard-spotted Kleenex box cover (for a just-dumped crying jag)
· A wide-brimmed roll-down hat (for bad hair days)
· The every-new-knitter-knits-a-scarf scarf
· The Coworker scarf
· Felted drink coasters
· Flower pom-pom (if men don't bring you flowers, knit your own)
· Easy wine bag
· The Knitted Cat Thingmajig (or, the " Caterpiller" ) stripey knitted cat tunnel
· Felted overnight bag (for when you're ready to date again)

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