by Janet Blue on December 2, 2014


LizaIf you are a fan of our honorary brofur, Bailey’s blog, Bailey Boat Cat, or the blog Pacific Pursea, you are going to fall in love with Liza and her story.

Born under a dumpster and discovered on a dock in Larnaca, flea-covered, calico kitten, Liza, is adopted by a family (the Captain, his wife Emmy and daughter, Linz) traveling around the world on a 45-foot sailboat.

Liza tells the story of her life on the boat and then her life on land after traveling halfway around the world with her new family and Snowball, the cat already living onboard. Snowball is not at all happy to have another cat join the family, but eventually Snow and Liza share many “conversations.” Snow teaches Liza the ways of life aboard a boat as well as how to “read.”

Liza is thorough in describing ports visited, friends met along the way and the antics of Snowball, who enjoys jumping ship in most ports. (Emmy’s e-mails, sent daily from her ham radio during her five years at sea and saved by her father were instrumental in allowing Liza to do this).

The family’s around-the-world sailing adventure takes five years. Liza’s time on the boat lasts for just one year.

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean was a challenge, but the next 12 years of Liza’s life on land saw her facing many trials and tribulations. Both cats and the three humans settle in Florida upon their return to the states. At this point in Liza’s story some things happen to her at the hands of her humans that I found quite upsetting. I won’t describe those here, but this should not stop you from reading this compelling story.

After a few years in Florida, Liza moves to Wisconsin to live with Linz during her last year at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, she and Linz return to Florida. The Captain and Emmy divorce. Snowball remains with the Captain. Emmy, Linz and Liza move to the coast of North Carolina where they live in a variety of places. Eventually, Linz marries and moves to Richmond, VA, where Liza shares her home with another cat and a Rhodesian Ridgeback (AKA “Lion Hunter”).

Just when Liza thinks she has settled down in her forever home, Linz announces she is going to have a baby. It is then that Liza actually gets her dream of a forever home when she moves back to North Carolina to live with Emmy and her new husband, Kirk (Bertram).

Not a huge fan of Liza at first, Kirk eventually becomes her longed-for cat dad. It is he who encourages Liza to share her adventures and with his help, Liza’s story becomes, Tail’s from Cyprus as Told by Liza.

I found Liza’s life to be fascinating. She has a knack for telling readers about her interesting life. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys nautical literature, cat stories or is an animal lover. It will capture your attention immediately, and you won’t be sorry for setting aside the time to read it.

Tail’s from Cyprus as Told by Liza is available at Amazon.com in soft-cover and as an e-book.

The Cat on My Head is giving away a Kirk Bertram-signed copy. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, December 7, at 8 p.m. The winner will be selected using Random.org.

[Disclaimer: The Cat on My Head received no remuneration for this review. I did receive two copies of this book, one for purposes of review and one to give away to a reader. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]

Mary Jane December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Your review caught my attention and found it fascinating. Sounds like a great read.

Charles Huss December 6, 2014 at 5:32 am

Looks like an interesting story. My wife and I want to someday live on a boat but worry about the cats.
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Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101) December 6, 2014 at 2:00 am

Wow, that sounds like quite the adventure. I’d love to read it.
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal December 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Wow Liza sure is one Globetrotter 🙂

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Canadian Cats December 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Ohhh…Liza’s story seems fascinating. We would love to have mom read it to us at story time.

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Ellen Pilch December 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

That looks like a great book.
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Kitty Cat Chronicles December 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Wow! Sounds like Liza has had a very interesting and eventful life. We would love to read about her adventures! Thanks for hosting so many wonderful book giveaways.
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Melissa & Truffles December 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

We’re not entering because we’ve already received our review copy, but we agree, it is a wonderful cat book!
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers December 3, 2014 at 12:41 am

Wow! That sounds like a pawsome read on a long winter’s night.
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Raven December 3, 2014 at 12:25 am

It amazes me that kitties would enjoy living on a boat but I know some do. I prefer good old solid ground.

Joanne December 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Would love to have it for my cat book collection!

Austin Towers December 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

That sounds like a very busy, interesting life! Sounds like a must read! 🙂 xx
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Angel Abby December 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

What a very interesting story.
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Flynn December 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

That sounds like a lovely book with a happy ending.
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Crepes December 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Ohh…. that looks cute! Is it available in Kindle? – Crepes.
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The Island Cats December 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

We like books with a happy ending…so we would love this one!
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Maureen December 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

sounds great – so glad Liza had a happy ending
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meowmeowmans December 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

This sure does sound like a great book. Thanks for sharing about it, because we had not heard of it before. 🙂
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BeadedTail December 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

This book sounds like an interesting read and one that Mommy could handle without bawling all the way through it! (She’s weird when it comes to stories about animals.)
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Brian Frum December 2, 2014 at 9:17 am

That is one incredible kitty!!!

The Swiss Cats December 2, 2014 at 7:25 am

That book looks like a nice book to read ! Mum is like Dezi’s mom : she would love to know your secret to have time enough to read so many books ! Purrs
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Sometimes Cats Herd You December 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

Sounds like a great read. If given enough time, cats will charm everyone, even the people who “don’t like them.”
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Molly The Wally December 2, 2014 at 4:40 am

Sounds like a great read. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly
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Deztinee High December 2, 2014 at 2:20 am

Mommy wants to know where yous all find da time to read books? Hers sez dat after blogs and facebook and Catscouts and da writin’ too, hers got no time fur anyfin’ els. MOL Glad yous liked it, but a little purrplexed at what hers hoomans did too her. Mommy knows not all hoomans tweat their furries da way she duz but she dusn’t like to fink ’bout those hoo don’t. And as much shufflin’ as she did dat wuld be pawt of ow guess. Anyways, good write up.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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Summer December 2, 2014 at 2:00 am

How ironic that the guy who did not think he liked Liza eventually came to be her biographer! That is how kitty magic works, right? I’d love to read this book.
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