Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

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by Caroline Paul
     
 

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A Finalist for the 26th Lambda Literary Award

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were

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A Finalist for the 26th Lambda Literary Award

Caroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn't get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also...jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out.

Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren't around. Told through writer Caroline Paul's rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations, Lost Cat is a book for animal lovers, pet owners, and anyone who has ever done anything desperate for love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The self-deprecating author’s note sets the stage for this hilarious, and moving, account of Paul’s relationship with her two cats. In the note, the 40-ish Paul (East Wind) qualifies the accuracy of her story by noting that she was on painkillers for some of the time (while recovering from a plane crash) and asking the reader to also take into account “normal confusion for people our age.” The author’s note is followed by a New Yorker–like map of San Francisco, as seen by a cat, divided into areas of Fear, Large Threat, Total Death, Other Cat, Food? and Home. Her experiences with Fibby and Tibby (full names Fibula and Tibia) range from farce, as she attempts to track Tibia’s travels out of the home by means of a GPS device, to tragedy. The humor of the opening continues throughout, augmented by diagrams such as one of an animal shelter volunteer, with an arrow pointing to the woman’s “kind, crazy eyes.” Even non–cat lovers will find this an engaging read, charmingly illustrated by Paul’s partner, McNaughton, as Paul easily makes her strong emotions for her pets accessible and universal. Illus. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“A delightful read for all those of us who would be lost without our cats.” —Suzy Becker, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All I Need to Know, I Learned From My Cat

“You may say that love is not a word for feelings between people and books. I say I loved this book. I felt giddy when I read it. I smiled constantly and made snorty crack-up noises, the kind that make the people around you go, What?! Then I'd get choked up, and then I'd be giddy again, and all the way through, I didn't want it ever to end. I think we can all agree that's love.” —Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Packing for Mars and Stiff

“The writing and drawings are funny. Nutty. Heartwarming. Smart. Loopy. Full of love.” —Maira Kalman, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of #1 New York Times Bestsellers Food Rules by Michael Pollan and The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

“A thoughtful, kind and funny story about the love people can have for their pets and the weird places that this love and accompanying devotion can take them. But it also travels beyond the realm of human-pet relationships, offering commentary on all relationships and the roles of those we love, and sometimes don't love, in our lives.” —PBS "Newshour"

“As author Caroline Paul and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton chart their discoveries in the feline world, they unfurl an uncommonly charming and wise tale.” —Alexis Madrigal, TheAtlantic.com

“Caroline Paul's LOST CAT: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology is revelatory…. it moves easily and hilariously from one sentence and chapter to the next. Like the storyline, though, the form only appears simple; in truth, it's ingeniously crafted…. All of this may sound a little over the top, and it is, especially for such a short book. But the effect is a fiercely charming narrative that sneaks up on a reader, just as the best fantastical books do…. LOST CAT is an incredibly endearing work, a snapshot of the madness of loving and agonizing over and chasing after animals.” —Jillian Steinhauer, Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Paul's] text and Ms. MacNaughton's ink and wash drawings record the sometimes true, sometimes fanciful results of her sleuthing (and guesswork) in memoir form.” —Liesl Schillinger, New York Times

“Utterly beguiling… the results are deeply satisfying, profound and funny.” —Joanna Connors, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“This playful, quirky book is like a cat that climbs into your lap and purrs; it's impossible not to love it.” —Gayle Brandeis, San Francisco Chronicle

“Cute without being treacly, LOST CAT has an appeal that even dog partisans will have to acknowledge.” —Sarah Rothbard, Slate.com

“A tender, imaginative memoir infused with equal parts humor and humanity…. an absolute treat from cover to cover.” —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“The book is filled with some seriously heartbreaking (and heartwarming) moments, but is ultimately a testament to adoration in all its human and animal forms.” —Fast Company

“Hilarious and moving…. Even non–cat lovers will find this an engaging read, charmingly illustrated by [Caroline] Paul's partner, [Wendy] MacNaughton, as Paul easily makes her strong emotions for her pets accessible and universal.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lost Cat was my most delightful literary discovery of last year . . . . It's funny, poignant, and as original as they come.” —Cheryl Strayed, Entertainment Weekly

“This addictive read, marvelously illustrated by Wendy's ink-and-wash drawings, will captivate all pet lovers.” —Nancy Bent, Booklist

“You don't have to be a cat person to thoroughly enjoy reading Lost Cat... Paul cracks jokes about her feline stalking, but she makes a surprisingly poignant meditation on the vulnerability of our relationships with animals and humans. MacNaughton's illustrations vividly bring their search and subsequent revelations to life on the page.” —PureWow

“A beautifully illustrated, touching, and often hilarious tale of searching for a cat gone missing. If you love animals, you will love this.” —Jezebel

Library Journal
Paul (Fighting Fire) survived a plane crash and was slowly recovering at home with her beloved cats, Tibby and Fibby, and her partner, illustrator MacNaughton. Several weeks later Tibby, an anxious, shy cat, disappeared. Frantic, Paul consulted a pet psychic and a pet detective with no success. Weeks later, Tibby waltzed back into their lives with a newly confident demeanor. Paul and MacNaughton wondered where he had been, whether he'd been on the move or had been spending time with another family. Determined to find out more about Tibby's travels, they began what they called "Operation Chasing Tibby" using GPS technology, cat cameras, and flyers. Their search eventually led to an answer, and in the process the couple learned more about their neighbors and neighborhood. Paul's droll narrative combined with MacNaughton's playful illustrations make for an entertaining read. VERDICT This unusual title is recommended for large public libraries with extensive collections of cat titles.—Eva Lautemann, formerly with Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620405307
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
994,442
File size:
23 MB
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Meet the Author

Caroline Paul (http://www.carolinepaul.com/) is the author of East Wind, Rain (HarperCollins, 2006) and Fighting Fire (St. Martin's, 1999). Wendy MacNaughton (http://wendymacnaughton.com/) is the creator of the acclaimed Rumpus illustrated column, Meanwhile, and her work has appeared widely in publications including The New York Times, Print Magazine, GOOD Magazine, PEN America and Bon Appetit.

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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a charming story, told with a warm sense of humor. The characters are well developed - both human and animal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book i ever read. It made me laugh and cry alot. I read this book at least twice, it was that good. I love cats too, once i had a cat named Tequilla weird right... i know. But i loved her soo much. Anyways i hope you enjoy this book like i did. This is the best amimal book ever. Have fun reading it. Please post a message after you are done reading.BYE FOR NOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so amazing. It made me laugh and cry and wonder at the creativity and brilliance of the authors. I can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you, B&N, for letting me find it in one of your stores!~!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well-written and amusing book. Not your typical silly and exaggerated pet story. My vet actually recommended this one. The author has a knack for expressing in witty terms the thoughts of her cats as well as her own emotions over the disappearance of her one cat. Anyone with a feline can relate to her writing. There is one surprisingly sad, short chapter (not related to the lost cat) so keep some tissues ready. The illustrations are a great addition to the book. This book can be read in one evening and I'm keeping mine on the bookshelf to read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is quite an entertaining and amusing read for any cat lover.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well known cat named Dreamlily, a member of Horseclan, went missing recently. If you find any sign of her, tell us at Hooded Horse res 1.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Missing: Terminatorkit (Termkit or term) of lightclan, Soulreaper (Soul) of Reaperclan. Same Rper. <p> Also missing: Blizzard the puppy (i know i know) of lightclan. <p> Another Missng: Mistpool and Stormfur of lightclan. Same rper. <p> Please reply to Mossshadow of Lightclan at carcal res 1!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To find LighningClan. I have to do buissiness with them vry soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whitewhisker, warrior, tom with white fur. Current clan, unknown. Used to be part of Northclan, the one that used to be called Frostclan. If you find him, please bring him here and tell him Jayfrost is looking for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prankfur a yellow tom with a smiley face used to troll. <p> Deathclaw a black or grey hewolf with one eye. <p> <p> CATS OF HOLIDAYCLAN