Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends

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Part diva, part purring furball, cats always keep you wondering. Are they happy to see you? Mad at the world? Cats are subtle little comics, rubbing against your legs when you'd forgotten they were in the room, purring in your ear in the middle of the night. What is it about these sly, droll, and unpredictable creatures that captivates us? And what's the deal with the whole crazy cat lady stereotype, anyway?

From a tale about how rescuing a stray cat ended up saving a ...

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Overview


Part diva, part purring furball, cats always keep you wondering. Are they happy to see you? Mad at the world? Cats are subtle little comics, rubbing against your legs when you'd forgotten they were in the room, purring in your ear in the middle of the night. What is it about these sly, droll, and unpredictable creatures that captivates us? And what's the deal with the whole crazy cat lady stereotype, anyway?

From a tale about how rescuing a stray cat ended up saving a friendship to an unapologetic piece by a confirmed — and proud! — crazy cat lady, the essays in Cat Women range from thought-provoking and heartrending to laugh-out-loud funny, all delving into the many ways these often aloof little divas touch our lives.

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McMorris (Women's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives) collects 29 well-crafted and enjoyable short essays that often focus on how the writer's cat (or cats) has affected her love life—both for better and worse. Kristen Kemp relates how she collected cats to get the affection her boyfriend wasn't giving her. Editor McMorris describes how, after a rough start, when her six-year-old tabby peed on her boyfriend's clothes, he gradually learned to enjoy the cat. A sadder story is told by Susan Schulz Wuornos, evoking the death of her pet just one week before her wedding. The majority of the selections emphasize the individuality and independence of cats, who make certain that their owners know precisely what they want. Erin Torneo stresses that felines are not people pleasers: "They won't plunge into a relationship without careful consideration," And they always have an escape route, lessons she applied to her own relationships. This collection will appeal to all those (especially women) already seduced by the enigmatic feline. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052030
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 1,425,118
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Note from the Editor: We're Cat Ladies, So Sue Us   Megan McMorris     7
The Cat That Got Away   Sophia Dembling     13
Admitting Maynard   Jenna Schnver     17
Hang with Scrappy T (and Other Rules of the Cat-Show Road)   Dimity McDowell     21
Making the Cat Laugh: One Woman's Journal of Single Life on the Margins   Lynne Truss     33
Strutting the Catwalk: Seven Habits of One Sexy Beast   Jennifer Jalalat     37
Waiting for Fat Annie to Die. Not Really. Well, Sorta   Barrie Gillies     43
Life with an Indian Street Cat   Sue Dickman     49
The Cat from Oz   Kathryn Renner     59
Call Me Crazy...My Life as a Cat Lady   Lisa L. Goldstein     67
A Muse in Training   Carol Driscoll     85
Lessons Learned from a Blind Cat   Linda Kay Hardie     89
Hold Me! Touch Me! Love Me! (a.k.a. the Story of Sophie)   Heather Gowen Walsh     95
The Neighborhood Watch Group   Judy Sutton Taylor     105
Love Triangle   Erin Torneo     111
Cat Call   Suz Redfearn     117
Home Free   Susan T. Lennon     129
The Feline-Female Connection   Clea Simon     135
L.A. Gossip: Tall Tales of a Wild Cat in the City   Valerie Cabrera Krause     141
Saved by the Cat   Melinda J. Combs     147
An Ode to the Murph Dawg   Susan Schulz Wuornos     157
Cat Trap Fever   Margaret Littman     167
Country Cat vs. City Cat   Amy Fishbein Brightfield     175
True Confessions: I Was a Reluctant Cat Owner   Lisa Guernsey     183
Little Black Cat   Sarah Shey     189
Planet Catnip: My Life with an Alien Cat   Leah A. Zeldes     197
Our Relationship Went to the Cats   Kristen Kemp     203
You Can't Change a Tiger's Stripes   Tracy Teare     209
Kittens Think of Murder All Day   Michele Mortimer     213
On a Scale of One to Ten   Megan McMorris     247
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