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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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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by Knit.1 magazine,
"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."
by Annie Modesitt, author of Twist And Loop and Romantic Hand Knits,
"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!"
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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