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Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life…

by Laurie Perry

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I'm not drunk, divorced, a knitter, or a cat lover ... but I somehow related to this humorous self-help book. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 19, 2016 |
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 http://www.crazyauntpurl.com/. Enjoy! ( )
  bbrrtt | Nov 13, 2009 |
The book title pretty much says it all. How anyone can make such an entertaining book out of such a bleak period in her life is beyond me. I laughed, I cried and now I am going to knit the shawl. ( )
  glitrbug | Aug 29, 2009 |
Like many in the knitting community, I've been a long-time reader of the Crazy Aunt Purl blog. There's just something genuine about Laurie; she'll talk about anything, and she tells it like it is. She's not afraid to talk about embarrassing situations at work or, as in the book, something as personal as her divorce. She's willing to admit that the breakup of her marriage blindsided her and sent her into a depression. But this book is about hope and recovery and becoming independent and finding strength within yourself that you didn't know was there until you had to use it.

She was a mess (literally) after the divorce (as anyone in her position would've been), but it became a learning experience. It wasn't long before she was traveling overseas with friends (and later solo) and spilling her heart out to hundreds of readers on the Internet. The fact that she was offered a book deal shows you that something horrible can become one of the best things that ever happened to you. Her inspirational story is better than the free knitting patterns, though those are a plus! It just goes to show you that what doesn't kill you makes your stronger and how any situation can produce something good. ( )
  annaeccentric | Jul 15, 2009 |
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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 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 appliqués. 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.

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This is the true-life, funny, profoundly moving, misadventures of Laurie Perry, aka Crazy Aunt Purl, a slightly off-beat, displaced Southerner trying to create a new life after her husband leaves her to "get his creativity back" (whatever that means.) Surprisingly, it's knitting that saves her and emboldens her to become fully engaged in life again - to discover new friends, to take risks and to navigate the ins and outs of the modern dating scene. A quirky, irreverent memoir.… (more)

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