Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul
Bloomsbury • $20 • 9781608199778
Published April 9, 2013
Truth be told, I was all set to tell you about another book that I'm currently reading, but then I spied Lost Cat on our shelves yesterday afternoon. I took it home last night, devoured it in one sitting (as I suspect most readers will) and knew I had to tell you guys about this one, instead.
When one of her beloved, 12-year-old kitties—Tibia (the other, Fibula)—suddenly disappeared one day, Caroline Paul was devastated. Upon his miraculous return home five weeks later, Tibby was fattened and . . . different: more confident, less needy and an extremely picky eater. Driven by a mixture of jealousy, curiosity and pain medication, Paul—who was recovering from an accident at the time—and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, set out to discover where Tibby had been during those weeks away from home. So began Operation Chasing Tibby, which involved a GPS monitor—among other technology—and ultimately led Paul and MacNaughton to unexpected places and insight.
This poignant, witty gem of a story is accompanied by MacNaughton's quirky and amusing full-color illustrations. I laughed, I cried . . . you know the rest.
Here's an excerpt:
Desperate, I consulted a psychic. This psychic did not look the way I thought a psychic would. She did not wear large rings or squint into a crystal ball. She sported a stylish haircut and yoga clothes and checked e-mail, which is where I sent her the details of Tibby's disappearance. She responded that she would need a little time to tune in, and so I waited, and soon enough she e-mailed again. Tibby's okay, she wrote, not hurt, and he'll be home by five a.m. on Thursday. This all came through very clearly, she said, and I was not to worry too much about him. In addition, he was being lovingly cared for by nearby children.
Children! I thought. He's petrified of children! But I took a deep breath and waited. I admired a psychic who predicted exact dates and times; she seemed so certain. But Thursday came and went. No Tibby. He did not return on the weekend, or the next Monday.
What do you think, readers? Is this a book you're going to check out? What are you reading this week?
For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.
• Anne Lamott •
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
• Charles Baudelaire •
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
• Barbara Kingsolver •
• We're guessing you probably don't need any encouragement, or anything, but Qwiklit has put together a really fun list of 50 Reasons You Should Be a Bookworm.
• Tuesday, April 2, was International Children's Books Day, which the folks at Flavorwire commemorated with a list of 10 Celebrities' Favorite Children's Books.
• Raise your hand if you can relate to this simple but clever illustration of the writing process posted over on Picador's blog.
• Our reviewer describes Jill McCorkle's Life After Life as a "beautifully written, perceptive and poignant novel that will linger in readers’ minds for a long while." McCorkle's publisher, Algonquin, is giving away 30 signed copies of the book. Enter here to win.
• The New York Review of Books reports on the April 18 launch of the awe-inspiring Digital Public Library of America, which aims to be "a distributed system of electronic content that will make the holdings of public and research libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies available, effortlessly and free of charge, to readers located at every connecting point of the Web." That's one library we can't wait to visit.
• We're saddened by the news of Roger Ebert's death, which has us reminiscing about being on the receiving end of his illustrious "thumbs up."
• Could there be a more heavenly combination than books and cocktails? Reading through Flavorwire's list of 15 book-filled bars resulted in the immediate lengthening of our travel destination wish list.
• Speaking of heaven, we just heard about Out of Print, a new documentary about books screening later this month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Our fingers are crossed that it gets picked up for distribution so that it lands in one of our theaters soon.
• In the meantime, we'll settle for Book Riot's delightful "six-pack" of author interviews from The Colbert Report.
• Finally, we were excited to learn that on April 11 People.com will be hosting an online chat with Khaled Hosseini to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of The Kite Runner. Get all of the details here.
Simon & Schuster has announced that it will publish a new memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton, detailing her extraordinary experiences as Secretary of State from January 2009 to January 2013. The killing of Osama bin Laden, the Arab Spring and transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan are just a few of the monumental world events that occurred during her four years of service.
According to the press release, Clinton will discuss not only those events, but also her views on how the United States can best position itself in the global diplomatic landscape. Lots of personal reflection and anecdotes are promised.
The book is scheduled to come out in the summer of 2014, with some retailers already taking pre-orders.
What do you think, readers? Are you looking forward to reading the book?
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
• Maya Angelou •
The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare . . . neither knew chocolate.
• Sandra Boynton •