The image of the crazy cat lady certainly isn’t what it used to be. Women are embracing and celebrating the label, declaring our love for felines with pride, humor and more than a little sass. Many of us consider the term crazy cat lady a badge of honor. This fun book by Agnes Loonstra and Ester Scholten captures the spirit, coolness and, yes, quirkiness of today’s cat lady. This illustrated celebration of feline fandom features colorful spreads that represent a joyful experience that all cat lovers can identify with. The book is filled with fun mottos (like “cat hair, don’t care”), portraits of crazy cat ladies throughout history, and it even includes a page of cute kitty stickers! Published by Workman Publishing.
Whether they’re expressive or aloof, affectionate or enigmatic, cats make the best muses. This beautiful book by Mary Savig delves into the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art collections to explore the relationships between artists and their cats, featuring 130 rarely seen photographs, sketches, manuscripts and letters. Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keeffe and many others are seen showing off their feline friends, who appear as companions, inspirations and often regents of the artists’ homes and studios. The images are culled from the archive’s extensive holdings from the 19th century through today and celebrate our cultural heritage through our love and fascination with cats. Published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Annie Butler Shirreffs has worked in the pet industry for 20 years and is currently the senior editor of Catster and Dogster magazines. A cat lover since she was a little girl, she has always had feline friends in her life. She and her husband share their Southern California home with their four cats, Agatha, Alastair, Jack and Mathilda, and an ever-changing clowder of foster kittens, all of whom enjoy being testers for cool, new products.