Sleeping with Cats

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Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed -- her beloved cats.

With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She ...

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Overview

Marge Piercy, a writer who is highly praised as both a poet and a novelist, turns her gaze inward as she shares her thoughts on life and explores her development as a woman and writer. She pays tribute to the one loving constant that has offered her comfort and meaning even as the faces and events in her life have changed -- her beloved cats.

With searing honesty, Piercy tells of her strained childhood growing up in a religiously split, working-class family in Detroit. She examines her myriad friendships and relationships, including two painful early marriages, and reveals their effects on her creativity and career. More than a reminiscence of things past, however, Sleeping With Cats is also a celebration of the present and the future, as Piercy shares her views on aging, creativity, and finding a lasting and improbable love with a man fourteen years younger than herself.

A chronicle of the turbulent and exciting journey of one artist's life, Sleeping With Cats is a deeply intimate, unforgettable story.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Marge Piercy holds up a mirror to modern life.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Marge Piercy is one of our boldest and most prolific writers.”
Washington Post
“An enriching pleasure . . . a lovingly written memoir by a woman in touch with what matters.”
Chicago Tribune
“Marge Piercy holds up a mirror to modern life.”
Washington Post
“An enriching pleasure . . . a lovingly written memoir by a woman in touch with what matters.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Marge Piercy is one of our boldest and most prolific writers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060936044
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/5/2002
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 427,690
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Marge Piercy is the author of the memoir Sleeping with Cats and fifteen novels, including Three Women and Woman on the Edge of Time, as well as sixteen books of poetry, including Colors Passing Through Us, The Art of Blessing the Day, and Circles on the Water. She lives on Cape Cod, with her husband, Ira Wood, the novelist and publisher of Leapfrog Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2006

    Stunningly Honest

    This wonderful memoir compares favorably with The Liars Club by Mary Karr and All Over But the Shouting by Rick Bragg...both famous prize winning pieces. I bought it for the genre and the 'Cats' because anyone who loves them loves to read of the love of them....a club few are chosen to join. This memoir has a thousand times more honesty and love in it than I could have imagined a soul to bear to part with and share in a memoir. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Not just with cats

    Great chronicle of the rise of a major poet/novelist from the depths of detroit, with interesting glimpses of leftist politics in the sixties and seventies. A political activist with a passionate sexual nature, piercy unabashedly admits to sleeping not just with cats but basically anything with pants or a skirt. After not inconsiderable experience, she informs us that she is basically heterosexual although she knows people, she says, that swing both ways with equal ease. Good news for her current live-in, Woody - although she banishes him to a separate bed most nights (he's a tossn'turner). Each chapter is capped by a poem, which sets a nice flow. Piercy throws in interlude chapters to digress to the present and talk serious cats. This also works well and softens the edge of a memoir of a sometimes hard-edged, abrasive personality.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Vikki to greece

    I know u will hate this but....* hugs him*

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Tayler

    Im really sorry for everything. Okay? I was wrong and i was bein selfish. You dont have to forgive me, but i was wrong and i felt like i needed to apologize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    V

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Crow

    *He shakes his head and dissapears, leaving behind a single gray feather*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Lightningstar

    Greece?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Dani

    *goes down to ruins and puts her hand on the ground. The walls talk to her all at the same time*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Kostos

    (Apparently Greece is locked out.)

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