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From “a genuine American Dostoevsky” (Washington Post), a dazzling, funny, and bittersweet exploration of the mysteries of relationship—both human and animal

When his favorite cat Biscuit goes missing, Peter Trachtenberg sets out to find her. The journey takes him seven hundred miles and many years into his past—into the history of his relationships with cats and the history of his relationship with his wife F., who may herself be on the verge of disappearing. What ensues is a work that recalls travel narratives from The Incredible Journey to W. G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. Trachtenberg ponders the mysteries of feline intelligence (why do cats score worse on some tests than pigeons?), the origins of their domestication, and their terrible treatment during the Middle Ages. He also looks at the riddle of why any of us loves whom we love and all the unforeseen places to which that devotion leads us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not many things are better than a kitten, but a book like this comes close.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is surely the best book written about what it means to love cats, and to wonder if they love you, since Carl Van Vechten’s The Tiger in the House.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Another Insane Devotion is a discursive essay on personal growth, a public exercise in private exorcism, and a collection of notes toward a philosophy of love.”

    Slate

  • “[A] wide-ranging memoir.”

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  • Another Insane Devotion—about love, sex, marriage and especially cats—is a hallmark of brainy discursiveness.”

    New York Times Style

  • “[A] deeply philosophical, highly readable memoir…This book is like no other, and a very good one.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The season’s most eccentric book…You’ll have many smiles and a few tears while reading…The book, in all its richness and humor,…tells us about loving a cat, loving a human being, and where those loves can take us.”

    Hudson Valley News

  • “[Trachtenberg] writes eloquently, insightfully, and often humorously.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “A fine memoir…Powerful and evocative…This may begin in the pet section but its message moves far beyond.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Trachtenberg’s journey proves entertaining and enlightening.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] meditation on the meaning(s) of love…Trachtenberg’s lyric writing keeps the reader interested…making for a memoir that reads like a compelling work of fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “Absolutely riveting.” 

    Eileen Myles, author of Cool for You and Inferno

  • “Peter Trachtenberg is such a wonderful writer, and this book is so damn good.”

    Nick Flynn, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

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