The Secrets of Lost Cats
One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love
St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2014
From the back of the book: “When her orange tabby, Zak, disappeared, Dr. Nancy Davidson did what countless others before her did: she made a lost-cat poster. When Zak was found, she was ecstatic. But the experience changed her. from that moment on, Dr. Nancy became acutely aware of lost-cat posters. … For the next seven years Dr. Nancy collected lost-cat posters across the world. She heard hilarious and poignant stories from pet owners who were searching for their lost loves. …that collection—and that search—forms the basis of this heartwarming and heartbreaking book.
“The Secrets of Lost Cats explores how we summon courage, determination, and even humor to find our lost cats, and even lost parts of ourselves. Destined to be a classic, this book asks a classic question, ‘What would you do for love?'”
When we got the book from the library she had no idea what it was about but the titled seemed interesting. It was totally different from what I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be 20 stories of cats who had found their way home. Instead in was stories of a few cats who found their way home, cats who were lost forever and their owners who were mostly heartbroken and occasionally apathetic. It was also many stories – mostly depressing – on the emotional state of the human being. Dr. Nancy is a psychologist so she related stories of her clients, their problems and tried to offer assistance with grieving owners. There was a lot of psychological insight into the human condition and not so much focused on the cats.
If you enjoy reading about what makes people tic and ways that you would like to change, this is a book for you – just be prepared for the aching heart of experiencing a lost cat. For the LoC this hits too close to home as we lost a cat years ago that simply disappeared and we still grieve for him. For us, it was too depressing. But if the reader is not familiar with such loss, and/or enjoys psychology books, this is the one for you!
We read this book as part of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2016
Topic: Read a Book Based on a Real Story!
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