Cats I've Known

Cats I've Known

On Love, Loss, and Being Graciously Ignored

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
"A memoir of grief and love, written around the cats that have come into the author's life"--

Perseus Publishing
A collection of deeply heartfelt, humorous, and insightful stories of cats written by a true wordsmith and raconteur.

From deep friendships to brief encounters, this is the story of the cats in Katie Haegele's life, or rather the story of her life in relation to the many cats she meets in Philadelphia's streets, alleys, houses, apartments, and bookstores. Through Haegele's sharp, wise, and at times hilarious gaze, we see cats for what they truly are: minor deities that mostly ignore the human foibles being played out around them. They accept our offerings with equanimity and occasionally bestow some nice thing on us.

Haegele, author of White Elephants and Slip of the Tongue, has a unique and compelling sensibility, and it's a treat to see the world through her eyes as she shows us all the meanness, weirdness, and vulnerability of humans, against an ever-shifting backdrop of the cats we often take for granted, and who ignore us all democratically in return.

The author's witty, insightful, humorous, and heartfelt account of her encounters with various cats over the years, and how these meetings collectively have helped her overcome grief.

Publisher: Portland, OR : Microcosm Publishing, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781621064817
Branch Call Number: 636.8 H118c
Characteristics: 191 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Cats I have known


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