The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival
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About the Author
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess grew up in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After surviving ethnic cleansing and more than 1100 days under the Serbs' military siege, she emigrated to the United States in 1996. By December 1999, she earned a BA in Economics from Brown University. Later, she obtained two masters degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University. Currently, she is a professor at Columbia University studying how and why societies fall apart and what role education can play in rebuilding decimated countries. She has published extensively on education-related issues, and has lectured around the world to adult and adolescent audiences. In her students' feedback, Amra is consistently praised as one of the most inspiring professors they have encountered. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.
"Gripping. . . . Sabic-El-Rayess's visual imagination is a slipstream. Amra's words have a subtle, relentless force, creating a world where life is a danger, a demand, and a warm, calico presence." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)"Boldly tackles the rawness of human emotion in times of severe distress. . . . Unforgettable." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "An excellent discussion starter." --School Library Connection (starred review) Her prose balances verve and gentleness as she discusses the horrors of war alongside moments of levity. . . . A must-read nonfiction addition. - School Library Journal (starred review) Exceptional. . . . The author has an extraordinary ability to recreate both the beauty and brutality of these years. - Booklist (starred review) [A] memoir about the transformative power of love, connection, and education. . . . as timely as it is effective. - Publishers Weekly (starred review) This fast-paced, touching memoir reminds readers of the significance of the Balkan ethnic war, and places it into a larger conversation about the ways in which ethnically and religiously diverse societies are under threat from extremism and bigotry - The Horn Book Magazine