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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 46/100: How to Heal from the Loss of Your Cat by Peggy Haymes

Unfortunately, this felt like a book ("article") looking to make a quick buck off of an underserved (most pet-loss books focus on dogs) and emotionally vulnerable population. It felt rushed and was full of trite advice and platitudes, as well as peppered with grammatical errors and inconsistencies (example: the title says "How to Heal from the Loss of Your Cat," whereas the title page in the article says, "How to Heal from the Loss of a Cat." Seriously, it shouldn't be too much to ask that the *title* remain consistent.) The section about writing to heal after your cat's death was practically plagiarized from My Pet Remembrance Journal. It's really a shame, too, because the author seems to have all the credentials to write something really useful -- she's a therapist and a cat lover. But those credentials aren't enough to cover shoddy worksmanship.