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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 1

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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East of the City of Books, where the land lumbers up from the river and settles gradually into folds of forested hillside, there thrives a patch of trees where still-spindly saplings huddle in the heavy shadows of their forebears. Infused with story from the moment they poke through the ground, someday the saplings might be famous in their own right. Tall tales slant down through cracks of canopy, feeding such dreams: this mossy stump bore the tale of the wise spider... a sibling of that tall fir shepherded into writing the one about the yellow bear... the equine epic fostered by these gnarled roots has been translated into twenty-six languages...

All the great animal stories start there, in those woods. Is it the soil? Is it the water? If stories simply thrived according to climate, how could one modest slope dominate publishing for decades while neighboring hills send one generation after the next to careers in home furnishings and construction?

"Clara and Ro want me to go," Fup tells Bear. The urgency of her sisters' argument had surprised her, coming as it did when Fup had pretty much convinced herself otherwise — the hillside is too far, the woods are too wild, the bookstore surely wouldn't allow her to disappear for who knows how long the trip might take. All signs had been pointing her to stay put in the City.

From a fourth floor windowsill warmed by morning sun, the arching gray-green bridge rises in the distance, reaching for the river's east bank.

"We'll leave this weekend," Bear volunteers.

"We will?"

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Fup's Picks

That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan

"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel

In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith

Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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