The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey: A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary is a love story. It’s the unlikely love story of Zee, a lovable Maine Coon cat, and Zoey, a high-spirited Bengal. It’s also a story of love’s consequences and human fallibility, when the author, a strong proponent of spaying and neutering pets, gets sidetracked by a busy holiday season and misses the window of opportunity to get Zoey spayed in time. The subsequent birth of Zee and Zoey’s kittens is a truly extraodinary journey for the human and feline members of the author’s household.
Most people who adopt kittens aren’t able to bring them home until they’re at least 10 or 12 weeks old, because ideally, kittens shouldn’t be separated from their mothers any sooner than that. In The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey, the reader gets a rare glimpse into what a kitten’s life is like during the first eight weeks of its life. And what an adventure it is!
The book reads like a conversation with a good friend who loves cats as much as you do – and aren’t those kinds of friends the best kind? The author not only shares the stories of her cats, both past and present, but also weaves in the story of her own journey. Through it all, Barnes takes notes as she watches her cats navigate life’s challenges, and dares to make her own life extraordinary.
I was particularly touched by the chapter titled “Of Godwinks, Ellen and Afghans.” After the author and her fiancé both fell victim to the economy and lost their jobs, the author struggled with maintaining a positive attitude. Inspiration came from an unlikely source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen’s unique blend of compassion, humor and realism provided the escape Deborah needed at the time, and leads to an epiphany during one particular show that ultimately led the author to write this book. The kittens seemed to pick up on her happy energy while she was watching the show, because day after day, they would join her on the couch as soon as they heard the show’s opening theme.
But there’s more to this book. It is one of the most beautifully designed books I’ve ever come across. From the stunning photographs taken by Deborah’s fiancé Dan Power, to the whimsical illustrations on every page, this book is a feast for the eyes. I really can’t do the book justice describing it with mere words, you can get an idea of the design and Dan’s photography on Deborah’s website. I found something new to delight me everytime I browsed through it.
Deb asked me earlier this year to provide an endorsement for her book, and I was happy to provide it, so I’ll just repeat what I wrote to her then, after finishing the manuscript: This book will make you laugh, smile, and occasionally wipe away a few tears. A treasure for cat lovers of all ages.
If you love cats, this book is for you. If you enjoy looking at stunningly beautiful photos of cats, this book is for you. And if you’re looking for inspiration on how to embrace the ordinary in our life, and dare to make it extraordinary, then this book is for you.
Like everything else about this book, the book trailer is beautiful as well:
For more information about The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey, and to order, please visit her website.
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