Cat and Bird: A Memoir

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Belt Publishing
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5.0 X 7.0 X 0.49 inches | 0.46 pounds

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About the Author

Kyoko Mori is the author of three nonfiction books (The Dream of Water; Polite Lies; Yarn) and four novels (Shizuko's Daughter; One Bird; Stone Field, True Arrow; Barn Cat). Her essays and stories have appeared in The Best American Essays, Harvard Review, the American Scholar, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, and other venues. She teaches nonfiction writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at George Mason University and the Low-Residency MFA Program at Lesley University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her cats, Miles and Jackson.


"As she moves among stories of her cats, jobs, and elements of her past, Mori explores how, in the company of only animals and oneself, one can come to understand many different things that may elude comprehension in larger social settings. A muted memoir that's both meandering and meditative." --Kirkus Reviews

"Highly Anticipated" --Michael Schaub, OC Register

"Kyoko Mori is an international treasure. Reading Cat and Bird reconfirms what Plotinus wrote, that each of us is on the 'flight of the alone.' This memoir, which essentially covers Kyoko's entire life, is an intimate treatise on the art of solitude, but solitude with beloved cats. It is an inimitable natural history of the heart." --Howard Norman, author of Come to the Window

"It takes a minutely perceptive eye, a discerning heart, and an exacting sense of language to write well about creatures as different as birds and cats. Kyoko Mori has them. She also captures the different kinds of love they evoke, and in doing so captures the ineffableness of human love and the mystery of its failures. A wonder of a book." --Peter Trachtenberg, author of Another Insane Devotion and The Book of Calamities

"Cat and Bird stands alongside the best companion memoirs of the past century--My Dog Tulip, What I Don't Know about Animals--but it also furthers the form with an inquisitiveness and a voice all its own. What a gift to meet a writer with this sharp eye for story and this idiosyncratic personal outlook through her four decades of feline intimates and myriad avian guests. I devoured this book and fell in love with its characters, and I can't wait to share it with my clowder of cat-loving friends." --Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses

"There's so much I love about this book. It is a moving meditation on love, grief, and the profound connection between people and animals. Mori is attuned to the rhythms of the natural world, and she provides a guide to finding our place in it." --M. G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie and Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science

"We can be our truest selves with animals, and in this tender and lyric memoir, Kyoko Mori contemplates the unique blend of solitude and companionship a life lived among them can offer. The birds she rescues and those she observes in the wild offer a connection to the universe's mysteries and to her own writer's imagination, while her bonds with a series of unforgettable cats--Dorian, Oscar, Ernest, Algernon, Miles, Jackson, indelible characters all--tether her in mutual care and love to the material present. Cat and Bird will resonate deeply with anyone who has reckoned with the grief of intergenerational trauma and forged their own path toward a whole and individual life." --Erin Keane, Salon editor in chief and author of Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me