The last time I was in Starbucks, there was a 40-something woman sitting by the window, furiously coloring the edges of what was either a drawing of an elaborate mandala or a Spring Break-style lower back tattoo. She’s probably not the only one who’s carrying her colored pencils into a coffee shop: adult coloring books are ridiculously popular right now.
At the time of this writing, seven of Amazon’s Top 20 bestselling books have titles like “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt” and “Stress Relief Coloring Book.” But, to my knowledge, there is only one coloring book that combines cats and country music icons, with pictures that bury a tiny kitten in Dolly Parton’s beehive and put a pair of cats on Emmylou Harris’ shoulders.
Etsy seller Betty Turbo has illustrated the 16-page book, which is accurately titled “The Country Cat Lady Coloring Book.” Each book features her incredible black-and-white drawings of 14 female country superstars, including Patsy Cline, June Carter Cash and Reba McIntyre, and each of them are wearing some kind of tiny cat as an accessory.
Each coloring book is available through Etsy for the bargain price of $8. (And if you’d rather wear your Country Cat Ladies, she also sells a Barbara Mandrell T-shirt). Either way, you’ll have the coolest adult coloring book at Starbucks.