Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend, and Lives

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"Smart, bright, well-written, absorbing and informative...A book about cats as good as this one is rare."
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A lively appreciation of cats from tip to tail, this witty analysis considers everything we think we know about cats, and offers something new, too. Meet cats in high places such as Winston Churchill's ginger tom, who attended cabinet meetings, and Teddy Roosevelt's cat, Slippers, who came to dinner. Filled with warm, vivid speculations on their lives and times, ...
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Overview

"Smart, bright, well-written, absorbing and informative...A book about cats as good as this one is rare."
SMITHSONIAN
A lively appreciation of cats from tip to tail, this witty analysis considers everything we think we know about cats, and offers something new, too. Meet cats in high places such as Winston Churchill's ginger tom, who attended cabinet meetings, and Teddy Roosevelt's cat, Slippers, who came to dinner. Filled with warm, vivid speculations on their lives and times, their social psychic, mythological legacy, and their impenetrable mysteries, this charming book offers a delightful and loving cat's-eye view of the world to be read and cherished by all their human friends.

Selling 25,000 copies in trade paperback, this delightful compendium of lore, legend and more is now available in mass market. With lively appreciation, Holland offers warm speculations on the social, psychic, and mythological legacy of the creature cherished by so many millions. "Smart, bright, well-written, absorbing."--Smithsonian. (Animals)

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
“May be the most elegantly written, witty, perceptive statement about felines ever published.”
Smithsonian
“Smart, bright, well-written....A book about cats as good as this one is rare.”
Trenton NJ Times
“Perhaps the best aspect of the book, combined with Holland’s style, is the appropriately low-grade temperature of the cat/human philosophizing—nicely situated between Sartre and Wild Kingdom.”
Mademoiselle
“An absolutely wonderful and sometimes hilarious and always soulful book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804112765
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Holland's books include Secrets of the Cat, Hail to the Chief, and One's Company. Her articles have appeared in Arts and Entertainment, Country Journal, and Smithsonian. She lives in Bluemont, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Conversion of Boston Blackie 1

2 Smart Like Us 13

3 People with Cats 33

4 Cats with People 57

5 Cats with Cats 77

6 The Cat's Early Years 99

7 Cats and the Church 117

8 A Choice of Cats 139

9 Show Business 165

10 Medical Matters 177

11 Sex and Kittens 197

12 Practical Cats 211

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