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

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What is really going on behind thoseluminous feline eyes?

Affectionate yet aloof, intelligentand inquisitive yet dangerouslycareless, the more-or-lessdomesticated house catintrigues us as no other animal can.Now Barbara Holland offers cat loversa fascinating, funny, and refreshinglycandid look at their feline companions:their history, lore, and secrets, and theircomplicated relations with people andwith each other.

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Overview

What is really going on behind thoseluminous feline eyes?

Affectionate yet aloof, intelligentand inquisitive yet dangerouslycareless, the more-or-lessdomesticated house catintrigues us as no other animal can.Now Barbara Holland offers cat loversa fascinating, funny, and refreshinglycandid look at their feline companions:their history, lore, and secrets, and theircomplicated relations with people andwith each other.

Secrets of the Cat is a livelyappreciation of cats as we know andlove them, with witty analysis and freshobservations about felines both high andlow. Here are Winston Churchill’s gingertom, who attended cabinet meetings;Teddy Roosevelt’s cat, Slippers, whocame to dinner; and even the author’sown George II, who was bitten by amouse and adopted by a blue jay. BarbaraHolland’s warm, vivid speculations oncats’ lives and times—on their social,psychic, and mythological legacy, and theirimpenetrable mysteries—will give readersa delightful cat’s-eye view of the world.

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.”
Smithsonian
“Smart, bright, well-written....A book about cats as good as this one is rare.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“May be the most elegantly written, witty, perceptive statement about felines ever published.”
Mademoiselle
“An absolutely wonderful and sometimes hilarious and always soulful book.”
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061978043
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 614,134
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (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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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    I read this book some years ago and enjoyed it so much that I ga

    I read this book some years ago and enjoyed it so much that I gave copies to all my friends for Christmas. So delighted that it will become a permanent part of my nook collection. Miss Holland has a wonderful sense of felines and her stories are charming. Cat and non-cat lovers alike will take a liking to this book.

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