Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.
I’ve always enjoyed discovering that someone with a tough and gruff exterior has a soft spot for cats. The late Charles Bukowski is a perfect example. For the self-acknowledged “Dirty Old Man of American letters,” the way he writes about cats is reverent and tender.
Edited by Abel Debritto, the book brings together Bukowski’s reflections on the animals he so admired. His cats are fierce and demanding but also affectionate and giving. While the book is unsentimental, it’s filled with deep feeling.
If you’re familiar with Bukowski’s work, you know his writing can be a bit, well, vulgar. So, it might be a good idea to keep this one away from the kids.
$25.99. Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Based on the hit Tumblr account of the same name, Felines of New York features
photos and quotes from New York City’s most glamorous (and self-important) residents. It’s a parody of the blog and book, Humans of New York. Created by writer and comedian Jim Tews, the book hilariously captures the essence of our feline friends. They make their wants, opinions, and desires known with typical feline snarkiness (and a little bit of swearing).
Every single page of this book made me laugh out loud. Here are just a few favorites:
“I don’t like being picked up, but it keeps happening.” — Jooney, the Bronx
“I once gave a lecture on urban policy and planning and its effects on the feline population of Manhattan. No one listened.” — Minta, Upper West Side
“I’ve rubbed up against pretty much everything in this entire apartment. So it’s all mine now, technically.” – Gwyneth, Bushwick
$14.99. Simon & Schuster.
Grumpy Cat is at it again. Her mission: to teach the world to “no” everything because, according to her, “Saying ‘Yes’ is overrated.”
This collection of her least favorite things is packed with feel-good topics to which she has given her stamp of disapproval. Among the many things on her list: parties (“This birthday is officially canceled.”); music (“My soundtrack is silence.”); and, my personal favorite, rainbows (“Too many colors.”).
Clearly, nothing is safe from this famous sourpuss. But here’s a plus: The book comes with a set of stickers that you can use to spread the grump. $12.95. Chronicle Books.