Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (Associate Professor of Practice, Teacher's College) has published The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival (Bloomsbury, September 2020), a coming of age memoir about surviving the Serbian military siege. Read her Q&A with Publishers Weekly. You can read an excerpt from the Cat I Never Named.
From the publisher:
But there is light even in the darkest of times, and she discovered that light in the warm, bonfire eyes of a stray cat. The little calico had followed the refugees into the city and lost her own family. At first, Amra doesn't want to bother with a stray; her family doesn't have the money to keep a pet. But with gentle charm this kitty finds her way into everyone's heart, and after a few near miracles when she seems to save the family, how could they turn her away?
Here is the stunning true story of a teen who, even in the brutality of war, never wavered in her determination to obtain an education, maintain friendships, and even find a first love-and the cat who gave comfort, hope, and maybe even served as the family's guardian spirit."
Listen to her interview on PBS WGVU.