'Bone Lady' to visit Westlake

NFL ultimate fan Debra Darnall (aka “The Bone Lady”) will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of her new book, "The Bone Lady: Life Lessons Learned as One of Football’s Ultimate Fans – A Memoir” on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

In this unusual new memoir, Darnall tells about the wacky, bumpy and ultimately wonderful ride of self-discovery she found herself on after deciding one day to put on an outrageous costume and start rooting for the Cleveland Browns. The struggling artist suddenly and surprisingly became one of the most visible women in football and a spokesperson for fans of all kinds.

In her new book, Darnall shares her offbeat and candid personal story to inspire others to discover their own passion. She writes about becoming an “empowered fan” and taking joy where one can find it – even when their own football team’s on-field performance is less than rewarding. (She offers tips for how to watch a Browns game without smashing the TV in frustration.) “Women love football too,” Debra says. She embraces the idea that fandom is open to everyone.

"The Bone Lady" was honored as the 2001 Cleveland Browns Fan of the Year in the Visa Hall of Fans at Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. She rose to prominence among Cleveland fans in 1999 when she donned her now-famous beehive wig and orange dress, strapped a giant dog bone to her 1987 Volvo station wagon, and began attending games in the famous Dawg Pound. An artist and decorative painter, she lives in Lakewood.

For more information about the book signing event, call 440-250-9233. For more information about book and author, visit the publisher’s website, grayco.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015