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My beloved monster : Masha, the half-wild rescue cat who rescued me / Caleb Carr.

Carr, Caleb, 1955- (author.).


"Caleb Carr has had special relationships with cats since he was a young boy in a turbulent household, famously peopled by the founding members of the Beat Generation, where his steadiest companions were the adopted cats that lived with him both in the city and the country. As an adult, he has had many close feline companions, with relationships that have outlasted most of his human ones. But only after building a three-story home in rural, upstate New York did he enter into the most extraordinary of all of his cat pairings: Masha, a Siberian Forest cat who had been abandoned as a kitten, and was languishing in a shelter when Caleb met her. She had hissed and fought off all previous carers and potential adopters, but somehow, she chose Caleb as her savior. For the seventeen years that followed, Caleb and Masha were inseparable. Masha ruled the house and the extensive, dangerous surrounding fields and forests. When she was hurt, only Caleb could help her. When he suffered long-standing physical ailments, Masha knew what to do. Caleb's life-long study of the literature of cat behavior, and his years of experience with previous cats, helped him decode much of Masha's inner life. But their bond went far beyond academic studies and experience. The story of Caleb and Masha is an inspiring and life-affirming relationship for readers of all backgrounds and interests--a love story like no other"--Book jacket.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780316503600
  • ISBN: 0316503606
  • Physical Description: viii, 344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2024.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 338-344).
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1. Destinies. Prelude: 17 years -- The encounter -- 'You have to take that cat!' -- The cat-boy -- Masha unbound -- A mystery unfolds -- Masha double downs -- Wrapped inside an enigma -- The brave wounded -- Part 2. Arenas. Lions were slaughtered there, too -- The blood rites of spring -- Unus ex debilatum -- The stairway to nowhere -- Wounds of a warrior queen -- City for conquest -- She beat up a what? -- Part 3. Campaigns. The lady vet -- Watchcat -- Pacts -- Echoes -- Bonded fidelity -- Devil cat and demon dogs -- Two afflictions, one struggle -- The wraith -- Striking a bargain -- Göttindämmerun -- Mors Fortium -- Legacies.
Subject: Carr, Caleb, 1955-
Siberian cat.
Cats > Biography.
Cat owners > United States > Biography.
Human-animal relationships.
Propriétaires de chats > États-Unis > Biographies.
Relations homme-animal.
PETS / Cats.
PETS / Essays.
Cats > Behavior.
Genre: Autobiographies.
autobiographies (literary works)

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      Bogart Library
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Conyers-Rockdale Library System:
      Nancy Guinn Memorial Library
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      Northwest Branch
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      Fayette County Public Library
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      Ocmulgee Regional Library Headquarters
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