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Waiting for My Cats to Die: A Memoir

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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When Stacy Horn--single, deeply addicted to television, and hopelessly attached to two diabetic cats--turned forty, she free-falled into a mid-life crisis. Waiting for My Cats to Die is a passionately and profoundly honest look at what happens the moment you realize--beyond a shadow of a doubt--that some day the credits will roll on your life. There are all those things yo ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 17th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 2001)
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Lisa
Stacy, can we talk? You need to get out of NYC once in a while, my friend. You have oddly sheltered views on many things. Yes, everything you say is true: life is depressing and then you die. Not only that, you get old first. Things change that we don’t want to change. Like our looks. But I just turned fifty and feel fantastic, and not in an “Up With People” denial sort of way.

Here are a few of the chapters: "Death" "Cats" "Fantasy" "Death" "Cats" "Beauty" "Death"
"Cats" "Death".

So many paralle
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Lizbeth
This book is one I read annually. I've lent it out so many times that I've had to replace it at least four times.

Is it that I'm a single, middle-aged, cat-loving woman as comfortable delving into death as I am delving into life? Hard to know.

What I do know is I felt like I knew the author after the first reading. Stacy Horn manages grim topics with sensitivity and humor.

"I keep coming back to death the same way I can't stop touching a sore tooth with my tongue to see if it still hurts." pg 14.
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Moira Russell
A painfully funny and achingly wise memoir. Stacy Horn is sadly neglected -- if I had my way she would be as feted as Anne Lamott for this one book alone. (Her book on cold cases is also excellent.)
Bickgirl24
Started reading this about a year ago. It's not that it's boring...it's just that I choose to read it slowly...a chapter every couple of days.
Rachel
Stacy Horn is on the wrong side of 40, lives with her cats, spends a lot of time online, and considers watching TV a kind of a life. This all sounds so familiar but this review is not about me, so let's move on. Waiting for My Cats to Die is a collection of essays broken down into categories that include Death (Horn is fascinated with all things death-related and, according to her friend Mikal, has an unhappy ghost living in her apartment), Cats (about Veets and Beamers, her two diabetic pets), ...more
Amy
I'm not even finished and I have an opinion....this book is definitely a mixed bag. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny. There are parts that are thoughtful, introspective, and touching. And then there are some parts that are just ramblings that go on and on with "woe is me" pessimism and narcissism that we could all do without. This book has the potential to be great, but could have benefited from a heavy editorial hand. Even though it is no masterpiece, I will continue to read it bec ...more
Lisa
What an odd, sweet book - kind of like reading someone's journal without the guilt. It's funny because if my friend Lynn hadn't liked it so much (enough to send me a copy) I probably wouldn't have made it through the first few pages. Stacy Horn hits a bunch of my biases right out of the starting gate -- people who talk about how lame they are as almost a point of pride, defining yourself as "liking to watch TV" -- things that speak entirely to my own high level of crankiness with humanity. But s ...more
Carmen
I've heard an interp cutting from this book two weeks in a row and totally loved it. The performance was great (1st place out of EIGHT) but the material was first rate. It's out of print, I guess, but can be purchase from Amazon used. Stay tuned.

Okay. This book was odd, but I did like it. She's 40+, in the throws of midlife and constantly contemplates death: hers, the cats, other people and that of the ghost in her apartment. The cat parts mean nothing to me, but I think a "cat person" would fe
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Rachel
The first few pages of this book were off-putting to me. Horn is 40-something, unhappily unmarried, unnaturally attached to her chronically ill cats, obsessed with mortality and she bluntly lays this all out at the beginning of the book. If my sister hadn't liked this book so much I might have put it down, which would have been a shame because it really is a very fun read. (Really... trust me.) (Horn reminds me a little of my sister. I am comforted by the fact that she hasn't taken up drumming o ...more
Lilian
Another of my rainy day books. Unlike the other cat books I've read recently, at least this one says it's really a memoir of Ms Horn and not just only about her dying cats. It's easy to read despite the morbid subject because the chapters read more like essays, so really this is a collection of personal essays on death and cats, midlife crisis, ghosts, cemeteries and the Internet. I could sometimes relate to Ms Horn's experiences and opinions, so naturally this was an interesting read for me.
Elaine
People can be put off the title, but those dedicated to caring for animals know they will face their loved ones deaths because they don't live as long as we do. Stacy Horn is a great story teller. She struggles with being a single woman in New York with these two elderly cats. One needs to have a shot every day to help with an old-age malady. She's funny and serious and everyone who has ever loved a cat . . . or a dog, or any non-human creature should check it out.
Jaena4 Beadling
Again, I wish they had half stars; this isn't quite a 4, but it also deserves more than a 3. I really like parts of this book. I read it in a day, so it was absorbing enough. It got a bit bogged down in the chapters I didn't really care about. She describes the book's structure as flipping through various channels of her life (romance, cats, death, etc) and I found myself interested in some and annoyed by some.
Linda  (never enough time) Warner
Funny and sad. Sometimes morbid.
Lexie Huber
I read 147 pages.

Stacy, you are not funny. Your fantasies are uninspired. You care too much about cats and not enough about people. Stop watching so much tv and hanging out in chat rooms you will not meet "the one" doing that. Finally, everyone is obsessed with death. This was the only interesting part of your book and your mid-life crisis.
Skyler
Oct 01, 2008 Skyler rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone from NWR
Recommended to Skyler by: an independent bookstore review pamphlet
Cat. Death. The Social Internet. (The author created a social internet site called echonyc...well before Facebook.) And Buffy the Vampire Slayer. All the themes that run through this memoir speak deeply to me. It is my favourite book of 2008 so far. Perhaps my favourite book of the decade.
Erin
Heartwarming, charming, and self-consciously honest. I will be reading this again.
toki
I only read a few pages of this book. The title of it was interesting, but I couldn't get into it. One of the few books I have opened that I actually had to simply put down.
Marilyn
A Fabulously funny book! Some great lines and insights. A great quick read if you are looking for something light in between having read Maughm and Boyd!!
Brenna
I could barely get past the first few chapters. I never knew death could be talked of in such a boring manner. Ugh.
Carrie
Jan 03, 2010 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carrie by: Deb
Nice to know there is someone else out there who has had some of the same crazy thoughts i have!
Florence
The title horrified me, but I became an involved and sympathetic proponent of the author.
Zoom
I loved this book. It was smart, funny and poignant.
Teri
"I didn't see it coming." Perfect summation of mid-life.
Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 Bonnie Jeanne marked it as to-read
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I've just finished up my fifth non-fiction book. It's called "Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing With Others" (Algonquin Books, 2013). It's about the history and science of singing, and finding happiness in a song.

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