Connie’s Book Club - Spring/Summer 2013

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts: Beautifully Designed Projects for a Cat-Friendly home

By Jen Curry
Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts

Jen Curry’s step-by-step book, Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts, is full of inspiring, cool craftiness to thrill your cats and beautify your home. Intended for the cat-loving crafter in all of us, projects are grouped into sections and have difficulty ratings from one to three to keep you from getting in over your head. Templates and a glossary ensure success for even first-time crafters. Under “Play,” you’ll find fun how-to’s for fish wands and a cool grosgrain ribbon-wrapped scratch pad made of recycled cardboard, while in “Home,” the likes of cat-head-silhouette bookends have us itching for a free afternoon to devote to some crafting. With graphic-fabric wrapped planters filled with cat grass and decoupage trays imprinted with cat silhouettes rounding out the mix, there’s no shortage of cool projects to delve into.—SC

Love Saves the Day

By Gwen Cooper
Love Saves the Day

We found this unforgettably moving story about a brown tabby named Prudence a hard one to put down. Told primarily through Prudence’s innocent and gentle voice, the story begins when she’s just five weeks old and found at a deserted construction site in Manhattan by a woman named Sarah. Prudence knows she’s found the woman she’s meant to adopt. For three years they live a blissful life together, until the day that Sarah doesn’t come home and Sarah’s estranged daughter Laura comes to take Prudence to live with her. The story that unfolds tells of a broken relationship between mother and daughter and how this devoted cat makes Laura whole again. Alternately hilarious then tear inducing, this is a novel for anyone who’s ever lost a loved one, wondered what their cat was really thinking, or fallen asleep with a purring feline nestled in their arms. New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper has crafted an unforgettable tale that will steal your heart.—CW

Grace: a Memoir by Grace Coddington

By Grace Coddington

Fashion and cat lovers rejoice! Grace Coddington, the porcelain skinned, red headed Creative Director of Vogue magazine/righthand woman and counter point to its Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour, has written a witty, honest, and utterly captivating portrayal of her life. In it, Coddington describes her early career as a model, her work with Vogue, and, most importantly where we’re concerned, her love of cats, devoting a whole chapter to her feline fancy. She shares hilarious tales, such as such as how she told entrepreneur/ rapper P. Diddy (aka Puff Daddy) that she named her cat Puff Daddy Junior after him (he didn’t seem impressed). Also included is a charming array of Coddington’s hand-drawn sketches, like one of Karl Lagerfeld (a fan of her art) holding his kitten, Choupette. What really stands out though is Coddington’s irrepressible spirit, remarkable for the number of tragic events the book recounts. Just two of many: her eyelid was sliced off in a car accident, ending her modeling career, and at seven month’s pregnant, she and her car were hoisted by British football fans and thrown, causing her to lose her child. Grace relates the fascinating life of an inspiring, interesting, down to earth, and immensely likable woman, bringing a very welcome breath of fresh air to the rarified sphere of fashion. (We credit the cats.)—AT

Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

By Jackson Galaxy
Cat Daddy

Don’t let the tattoos and shaved head fool you, Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” knows what he’s talking about. This cat whisperer extraordinaire has an uncanny ability to connect with cats. In his book Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean, Jackson shares his personal journey and hard-won catknowledge to help you understand your cat’s psyche, ultimately providing you with the ammunition you need to help solve kitty-induced dilemmas. Never straying into boring how-to territory, Cat Daddy chronicles Galaxy’s life as a down-and-out musician recovering from a mental breakdown and how he recognized his ability to connect with cats when Benny, a so-called “unbondable” cat, was brought to the animal shelter he worked at. Galaxy’s open and honest account of his life and thirteenyear relationship with Benny is nothing short of inspiring and will leave you with insight into your own cat and how you can live your best and happiest lives together.—CW

The Royal Treatment

By Barbara Royal
The Royal Treatment

Dr. Barbara Royal, the favoured veterinarian of Oprah Winfrey, has marked out a holistic path to pet health and happiness that integrates both Western and Eastern medicine. In her first book, The Royal Treatment: a Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, Royal combines her experience in veterinary care, emergency medicine, pathology, and alternative treatments with the compassion of an animal-lover, providing an all encompassing natural approach to healthy living. From recipes to exam room etiquette and canine massage how-to, The Royal Treatment helps guardians of cats and dogs make the right decisions when it comes to their pet’s wellness and healthcare. Highly recommended.— NS

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