Kate Whouley (hoo'-lee, rhymes with truly) lives and writes on Cape Cod, in the home that inspired her to write Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved. A Book Sense Book of-the-Year nominee in the nonfiction category, Cottage for Sale received kudos from booksellers and reviewers, and is a popular selection for reading groups.
Kate’s second memoir, Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words, is written with the same “good humor and thoughtful humanity” that author Anna Quindlen admired in Cottage for Sale. According to Kate: “The heart of this book is my complicated relationship with my mother—a relationship healed in a most unlikely way.” Independent booksellers have already voted with rave reviews, placing Remembering the Music on the Indie Next Great Read List in the month of its publication: September, 2011.
“I’m fascinated by human nature—by our limitless spirit and our inescapable mortality, our hopefulness and humor in the face of difficulty, even horror; by the myriad of ways that we feel, think, and interact; by how we live, love, and generally operate in the world.”
Kate may be equally entranced with cats. “My ever-curious and curmudgeonly cat, Egypt, was a key character in my first book; my sweetest-ever kitty, Bix, appears in book number two.” Will Mojo make it into a book one day? “If he sticks around long enough, there’s a good chance he’ll see print.” She adds: “He has a growing following on my Facebook page.”
An avocational musician, Kate has played principal flute in the Cape Cod Conservatory Concert Band since 1995. “When I began working on the new memoir, I thought I was writing a book about the band and my personal musical journey. But as I began to write, I couldn’t help but notice that my mother was turning up on every page.”
When she isn’t writing or playing music, Kate can be found working within the book business as an independent consultant for her company, Books in Common. Kate also volunteers with Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands as a facilitator for the Arts & Alzheimer’s initiative.