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Radio Houstoned: Laurie Perry and Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair

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Editor Margaret Downing’s interview with author Laurie Perry.

Laurie Perry, author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair: The True-Life Misadventures of a 30-Something Who Learned to Knit After He Split (which has to be one of the greatest titles ever) is coming to Houston today at Barnes & Noble on Memorial at 7 p.m.

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Perry wrote her book from the online diary she began as Crazy Aunt Purl – starting after her husband walked out on her marriage leaving her with four cats and a life that had suddenly taken a sharp left turn.

As she explains in this Radio Houstoned interview, Perry took up knitting to have something to do after the divorce and started writing about it online. To anyone other than devoted knitters, though, it was pretty boring, she says.

That’s when she began writing about the rest of her life – the self-medication with wine, the feelings of loneliness, her search for the best hair removal. The result is a book alternately hilarious and empowering.

Best of all, at the end we get some basic and not-so-basic knitting patterns and pictures of her cats and family. You’ll get to meet them – her family, not her cats, Friday night. As it turns out, Perry may live in California now, but she’s a native Texan and is looking forward to her return. – Margaret Downing

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