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17 February 2010

Book Tour & Review: Home Is Where the Wine Is by Laurie Perry

Title: Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You've Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time
Author: Laurie Perry
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0757313684
Genre: Crafts/Humour


About the book:

She's Back, and edgier than ever. In her debut narrative, Drunk, Divorced, & Covered in Cat Hair, blogger extraordinaire Laurie Perry, aka 'Crazy Aunt Purl,' gave women everywhere a hilarious yet heartfelt glimpse into her misadventures as a recent divorcee with a herd of cats, a slight wine and Cheetos problem, and scores of unfinished and uneven knitting projects.

Now, in her second installment, she's no longer drunk-dialing her ex. She is well on her way to divorce recovery and has embraced a new-found philosophy: To make the best out of the 'extra odd bits'—both in knitting and in life. Discovering how she accomplishes this will make you laugh and cry as she navigates new territory, from dating in a weird, wired world to vacationing solo for the first time. On the cusp of the big four-O, she ventures to the most exotic, foreign locations—the gym, a therapist's office, a self-tanning emporium— on a search for enlightenment and happiness in— where else?—downtown Los Angeles.

• Island Beach Bag
• Lonely Hearts Personal Massager Cozy
• Wineglass Flip-Flop Coaster
• Quick Knit Date-Night Bag
•Brain Freeze Ice Cream Cozy
• Super-Easy Beret . . . and more!

Over a dozen knitting recipes included with photos!

My review:

Laurie Perry's second Crazy Aunt Purl novel, Home Is Where the Wine Is makes for a light, witty and rather delightful read. Perry writes in such a manner that one feels as though one is conversing with her. The book opens with New Year's Eve and Laurie is planning to make and stick with her new resolutions for the coming New Year. Each chapter is divided into one of her resolutions and her reactions to the aforementioned resolutions. Laurie had me quite literally laughing out loud many times, which was not an easy feat as of late. While the novel is perfect as it is, Laurie adds a bonus section which includes 13 knit and crochet patterns which are well written, easy to understand and follow replete with abbreviation key and enough wit to each pattern to make even those who do not knit want to learn. While I am happily married I related well with Laurie as a woman and knitter and strongly recommend Home Is Where the Wine Is to anyone looking for a delightfully charming and witty novel to spend a cold afternoon reading.

About the author:

Laurie Perry knits and writes in Los Angeles, California, where she chronicles her daily life on her online diary, Crazy Aunt Purl. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal,, Vogue Knitting, the Boston Herald, and The Palm Beach Post. Perry has written for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Winter Haven News Chief in Winter Haven, Florida. She is the author of Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair.
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I received a complimentary copy of Home Is Where the Wine Is by Laurie Perry to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the novel. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Sounds like a really neat series. My wife knits - or used to, actually!

Hope this was a giveaway, but, perhaps another time! Nice review. I just noticed the cups... kinda slow...

Bill ;-)
Check out my giveaway on the 17th.. during the day! ;-)

IceJewel said...

I love the sound of this book..!
The book cover is too good !

Great review :)

Denise said...

Stopping by from SITS to say HI!

(The) Ladybug Lounge formerly Msslaydbug said...

Two wine book reviews in one day - whew ! That's alot fo wine reading. Glad you enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love your reviews !

LisaMM said...

I'm SO glad you enjoyed the book!! And you can give a copy of it away to one of your readers, if you want to! (US/Canada only)

Thanks so much for all the time you spent reading and reviewing Home is Where the Wine Is! We appreciate it so much!

Pam said...

Oh, I had no idea there was another one. I read the first one a year or so ago. Funny read!