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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 33

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup asks, "So how does this work?" Now that they've reached Kahani, she doesn't know quite what to do. Is there one particular tree she should be seeking out? She has no idea.

"Why did you come here?" the tree quizzes her.

Because I live in the City of Books, Fup wants to say, and in the City of Books everyone talks about the hill where stories are made. But that just makes it sound like she had nothing better to do than drag her friends along on a potentially dangerous hike dozens of miles into the hills. She could say that her sisters convinced her to come — it's true, they did — but she's ignored Ro and Clara plenty of times before. No, she's here of her own accord. In lieu of an answer, then, she asks another question in return. "Why don't I tell you the rest of the story?" she suggests.

"No offense," the tree replies, "but why should I care about your story?"

"Because my parents put themselves out to give us a better life in Ohio," Fup says automatically, "then they risked everything again to bring my sister back from Maine."

A warm crosswind combs the valley. All around the animals, branches bow up and down as if to share the breeze with the ground cover below. And maybe that's exactly what they're doing. Fup would believe anything at this point.

"Fine," the fir agrees. "But start at the beginning. I want to hear what really happened, not the bastardized edition we got from the birds."

"We told you our version!" comes the voice from above. Fup spots the quarrelsome birds fifty feet up. She rearranges herself against the fir's roots and begins.

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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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