New Book Written from Cat’s Perspective Tells of ‘My Best Life’

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Valerie Hart’s combination novel, cookbook takes readers through many lives of philosophical, historian housecat

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A novel and cookbook, author Valerie Hart’s new book, “My Best Life: An Autobiography by Sakie” (published by Archway Publishing), follows a cat through her autobiography of all of her lives, each story followed by a historic or modern recipe.

Sakie is a 22-pound 18-year-old historian, philosopher and dreamer known to her friends and family as a food aficionado. Sensitive, poignant and humorous, she hastens to write her autobiography in her last hours. With details of her escapades with her present family, she shares adventures of her three other lives and the lives of cats she has met that tell their own stories as the protagonists that changed history.

A gourmet cat that quotes Voltaire, Thoreau and Descartes, Sakie offers an almost-human expression of history, philosophy and humor as she remembers her past lives while fearing there might not be another.

“This is a book not only for cat lovers, but also for anyone who wants a good reading experience,” Hart says. “This is my own topic, my own cat, my own recipes.”

“My Best Life”
By Valerie Hart
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 346 pages | ISBN 9781480815568
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 346 pages | ISBN 9781480815551
E-Book | 346 pages | ISBN 9781480815544
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Valerie Hart, cookbook author of “The Bounty of Central Florida” and “The New Tradition Cookbook,” food and travel journalist, Zagat editor and host of the television show “Back of the House,” teaches cooking to benefit charitable causes. Educated in the U.S., Paris and London, she and her husband manufactured and imported traditional furniture from Italy for three decades. Awarded “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in Miami, she lives in Mount Dora, Florida. More information is available at

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