Connie’s Book Club - Fall/Winter 2013

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

By Foreword by Anthony Lane
Book of Cats

This irresistible anthology of articles, poems, essays, fiction, cartoons, and covers pulled from the New Yorker is a veritable treasure trove for cat lovers. Just dive right in; with stories from the likes of John Updike, Maeve Brennan, Roald Dalhl, and Haruki Murakami interwoven with hilariously wry cartoons, one can’t help but be enthralled. A must-have.

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book—Disgruntled Tips and Activities Designed to Put a Frown on Your Face

Curmudgeonly cat turned internet meme gets book deal in time for the holidays
Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat fans rejoice! The internet-dominating frowny-faced feline that zinged her way through Twitter and Facebook now finally has a book out celebrating her eternal grumpiness. Likely to Grumpy Cat’s great displeasure, this collection of unsmiling photos matched with deadpan one-liners and quips is this year’s go-to gift pick for fans of the scowling internet sensation and/or silliness in general.

Lost Cat: a True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology

By Caroline Paul
Lost Cat

This charming, funny narrative recounts the efforts to recover a lost cat—as well as the jealousy-sparked lengths (miniature cameras! pet detectives!) gone to in order to figure out just where he’d been upon his glossy and well fed return. Accompanying ink-and-wash drawings by Wendy MacNaughton delight.

A Street Cat Named Bob: How One Man and His Cat Found Hope on the Streets

By James Bowen
A Street Cat Named Bob

When James Bowen, living hand to mouth on the streets of London, encountered an injured ginger street cat, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. Living in a shelter, there was no way James was in need of a pet, but an unshakable bond was formed nonetheless, one that slowly healed each other’s troubled past. This poignant, uplifting story is a bestseller for good reason; their transformative relationship has touched readers around the world.

Homer’s Odyssey

By Gwen Cooper
Homer’s Odyssey

The last thing author Gwen Cooper thought she needed was another cat. Homer, a three-week-old abandoned eyeless kitten, thought differently. As it turns out (and as is so often the case), they needed each other equally; Homer ends up transforming Gwen’s life with his love, boundless enthusiasm, and loyalty, teaching the heartbroken Gwen the lessons necessary to open her heart to love and the man she would marry, a transformation recounted with joy in this moving book. Prepare to have your heart stolen by this extraordinary, spirited little cat who hasn’t let his disability slow him down for one second.

The Double Wedding Ring

By Clare O’Donohue
The Double Wedding Ring

The latest in the Someday Quilts Mystery series is sure to please ailurophile mystery lovers. In the fifth installment, Nell Fitzgerald’s future seems to be coming together like a perfectly made quilt—her relationship is heating up, she has her Grandmother’s wedding to plan, she’s thinking of starting her own business, and a stray kitten has wandered into her life—but just as quickly a pall is cast by a murder that has Nell scrambling to keep everything together— and to keep herself safe. Just the book to curl up with on a blustery afternoon.

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet

By John Bradshaw
Cat Sense

In his latest offering, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, the New York Times bestselling author of Dog Sense, has taken on cats, an insightful effort that will doubtless also top the charts. Using cutting-edge research, Bradshaw takes us into the mysterious mind of the domestic cat, explaining the cat’s nature and needs, and, in doing, so deepens our understanding of our wild housemates and improves our relationships with them.

Cats and Daughters: They Don’t Always Come When Called

By Helen Brown
Cats and Daughters

Cats and Daughters is New York Times bestselling author Helen Brown’s heartwarming account of meeting the universal challenges we face in getting older and (sometimes) growing wiser. Just as Brown’s settled into a new home, the relished quiet of her life is interrupted by the arrival of Jonah, a troublemaking young cat who quickly causes the house to descend into chaos. Add to this her daughter Lydia’s announced desire to move to Sri Lanka and become a Buddhist nun, the upcoming marriage of her son, and a brush with her own mortality, and it’s a whirlwind of events and upset. Brown’s story of how she learns to let go and embrace change is both inspiring and moving.

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