In Search of Cleo
How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind
ISBN 9781592407668 | 176 pages | 11 Oct 2012 | Gotham Books | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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A charming and funny memoir about experiences Gina Gershon has had with cats throughout her life that are analogous to her relationships with men and her ongoing search for true love.
Film and television icon Gina Gershon may be best known for her movie roles in Bound and Showgirls and television appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and How to Make It in America, but deep down she is a self-described cat lady. In Search of Cleo follows Gina’s desperation and despair when her assistant loses her beloved cat, Cleo. Gina spends two months roaming the back streets of Los Angeles at all hours of the night, searching for Cleo and meeting several quirky and outrageous characters who help or hinder her in different ways, including Ellen DeGeneres, who searches with Gina and recommends her pet psychic, Sonia; Arthur, the newspaper delivery man who gives her advice; and the mysterious fortune-teller, who appears from the shadows to give her a statue of Saint Gertrude, the protector of cats everywhere.
Gina soon finds herself enmeshed in L.A.’s strangest subcultures, doing everything she can to bring Cleo home, including chanting with a bunch of crystal-wielding hippies and being slapped with a chicken by a Santeria priest. Along the way, she reflects on the various cats that have been a part of her life and shares her travails as a single girl in search of both her cat and some sanity. In Search of Cleo will delight pet lovers and singletons alike as it introduces Cleo to the celebrated pantheon of literary cats that includes Dewey, Homer, and Oscar.
“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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