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I found the book to be entertaining but more so heart wrenching. I could relate to some of the author's moments and some I could only imagine experiencing. From the joys of falling in love to the torment of wanting to belong, this memoir was excellent. I highly recommend it.
If you could sum up Teaching the Cat to Sit in three words, what would they be?
Honest. Vulnerable. Revealing.
What other book might you compare Teaching the Cat to Sit to and why?
Parts of the book remind me of The End of the Affair—because it made me want to believe in God again. The God I was taught to believe in sometime during Mass. The God I stopped believing in, many years later, sometime during Mass.
What does Gabra Zackman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great narrator. I found myself unconsciously echoing her light Southern accent after listening to the book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Sometimes the hardest person to live with is yourself (and your mom—she's super hard to live with, too.)
Any additional comments?
Really well written. I loved the narrative structure, which shifts back and forth, from past to present—each section informing another. It feels like the piecing together of a life. And at the end, the pieces fit.