Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair

Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair

The True-life Misadventures of A 30-something Who Learned to Knit After He Split

Book - 2007
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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.

Publisher: Deerfield Beach [Fla.] : Health Communications, 2007
ISBN: 9780757305917
Branch Call Number: B PER
Characteristics: x, 261 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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CLLinda Jan 07, 2014

I loved this funny but truthful book. A nice, light read. and there's also a few patterns in the back that I may try. She tries something new, knitting, as she's going through a divorce. I enjoyed it.

louisechiasson Aug 11, 2012

This is by far, the funniest book I have read. It's the real life of a woman who's husband left her and she has to pick up the pieces and move on. She finds a hobby (knitting) to occupy her time and ease her mind. There are even knitting patterns at the end of the book! I can't wait to get her next book "Home is where the wine is" and hope it is as funny as this one is. It's really a great read for those who have gone through any kind of hardship, not just a break-up.

Feb 04, 2012

Such a fun read! And having been in a similar position (minus the knitting) I can identify with the messy emotional things, but I love how she finds humor in her trials and tribulations.


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