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3 Books for Cat Lovers

This round covers a tale of cat rescue in New Jersey, a look at how and why cats rule, and funny poetry.

Annie Shirreffs  |  Dec 8th 2016


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It’s time to again show you the cat-themed books that have caught our attention recently. This round includes a real-life tale of a city girl who fell into cat rescue, a comprehensive history of how cats took over the world, and a round of hilarious poems from one of our favorite writers.

To Catch a Cat: How Three Stray Kittens Rescued Me

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Typical Manhattanite Heather Green had an Upper West Side apartment, a thriving career, and a new boyfriend, Matt, who lived across the river in Union City, New Jersey. She really liked Matt, but she couldn’t see the appeal in spending weekends in a town that had none of the glamor of New York. That all changed the minute she saw a gorgeous cat and her three black-and-white kittens in Matt’s neighbor’s yard.

She wasn’t sure she knew how to help them, but she knew she had to. Heather and Matt soon found themselves in the world of cat rescue. As they worked together, Heather began to question the life she had back in Manhattan and now saw the man she loved in a whole new light. This story of how three kittens taught her about love, community, and what really matters in life will touch the heart of any cat lover.

$16 at Berkley Publishing Group, an Imprint of Penguin Random House

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

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With pet cats outnumbering pet dogs, cat cafes opening in cities around the world, and internet cats becoming celebrities with book and movie deals, it seems that these little creatures have taken over the planet. And that’s just fine with us. But just how did they succeed in their global domination? Author Abigail Tucker decided to find out. Her discussions with breeders, animal rights activists, and scientists bring us an adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture. She also points out the darker side of the cat-human relationship: nearly 50 percent of cat owners can expect to be bitten or scratched at some point, and cats stand accused of killing more than a billion American birds every year. And while these problems are certainly preventable and manageable, they don’t really help when it comes to the cat’s reputation. Whatever your personal feelings about our feline friends, this is a fascinating story of how cats not only conquered the world but our hearts.

$26 at Simon & Schuster

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I Could Pee on This Too: And More Poems by More Cats

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Last year, I had the pleasure of hearing author Francesco Marciuliano read some of his cat poems. They’re hysterical. And now he has more! In this follow-up to I Could Pee on This, you’ll find more feline emotions and philosophical musings, such as “Welcome New Cat,” “You Also Live Here,” “Sleeping My Life Away,” and “The Day My Head Got Stuck in a Plastic Cup.” If you long for a deeper look into the feline world and wonder how cats feel about the world around them, this is definitely the book for you.

$12.95 at Chronicle Books