When I was shelving our newer nonfiction the other day, Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul caught my eye. It's a smaller-sized hardback, with lots of wonderful illustrations by Caroline's partner, Wendy McNaughton. I have to say that this book made me laugh out loud, over and over. The story starts out with the author seriously injured from an accident, which requires her to take copious amounts of pain medication, and to stay at home recovering for quite awhile. This throws off the routine of her two cats, and one of them--Tibby, the shy one--disappears. After a frantic, unsuccessful, five-week search, the cat reappears, looking healthier than ever. Hmm...suspicious.... The euphoria of having Tibby back at home is countered by concern that Tibby might disappear again, and Caroline becomes obsessed with finding out where her kitty was during those five weeks. Months of hilarious spy attempts ensue, until the truth is uncovered.
Recommended by Angela Prandini