In Search of Cleo
How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind
ISBN 9781101600429 | 176 pages | 11 Oct 2012 | Gotham Books | 18 - AND UP
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A charming memoir about the search for self, sanity, and a woman’s best friend.
Film and television icon Gina Gershon is a self-described cat person. So when her hippy-dippy newfound assistant Cassandra* (yes, Cassandra spelled with a star) lost her beloved cat Cleo en route to a dog-grooming shop—yes, dog grooming—Gina sunk into a state of desperation and despair. Cleo had meowed by her side through one of the most difficult times in Gina’s life. This humanlike black cat with piercing green eyes acted as her support system after she lost her father, uncle, and three close friends and suffered a devastating breakup with her boyfriend of eight years. Cleo was the constant in Gina’s life, a loyal companion—even if at times a naughty, headstrong panther.
Gina, determined to find Cleo, spent two and half months roaming the streets of Lost Angeles at all hours of the night. A cast of various, at times eccentric characters helped her in her quest. Ellen DeGeneres recommended a pet psychic, Sonia; Arthur, a newspaper delivery man, gave her advice; John, from jail, promised to deliver Cleo; and a mysterious fortune-teller, who appeared from the shadows, gave her a statue of St. Gertrude, protector of cats everywhere. Armed with never-ceasing hope, Gina found herself enmeshed in L.A.’s strangest subcultures, doing everything possible to bring her cat home.
In this personal, quirky memoir, Gina reflects on the various cats that have been a part of her life and how they were analogues to her relationships with men, as well as her finding unconditional love in unexpected places. Rife with humor and no-holds-barred honesty, In Search of Cleo is an account of a single girl’s travails in search of her cat, love, and some sanity.
“Equal parts adventure story, heartwarming memoir, and gritty L.A. noir, In Search of Cleo is the unforgettable tale of one woman’s quest to find and reclaim the feline she loves. Laugh, cry, and prowl the darkened alleys of Tinseltown alongside Gershon through the pages of this book. Cat lovers everywhere will be glad they took the trip.”
–Gwen Cooper, author of the New York Times bestseller Homer’s Odyssey
“[A] charmingly quirky memoir…The lengths she goes to in her efforts to recover Cleo will definitely strike a chord with animal lovers.”
“Gershon thoughtfully weaves the wacky cat-finding stories with stories about her past cats and significant people in her life.”
“Spunky…The book combines Gershon’s wacky efforts to find Cleo with scenes from her love life, and in both arenas, the actress marches to the beat of her own drum.”
“Gina, if you lose your pussy again, let me know. I can be of service.”
–Rita Mae Brown
“Cleo, good work. You’ve finally got your human trained.”
"I loved this book. If you need to read this blurb before deciding to buy it there is something wrong with you. It has Gina. And her pussy. And her cat. And other sexy, funny and insane information. You will laugh and then laugh some more."
–Denis Leary, author of Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy, and Stupid
“A wonderful little book!”
–Jennifer Fox, Between the Covers Bookstore (Telluride, CO)
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