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Look what The New Yorker dragged in! It’s the purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions. This bountiful collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. Among the contributors are Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl, Wolcott Gibbs, Robert Graves, Emily Hahn, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, Amy Ozols, Robert Pinsky, Jean Rhys, James...
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The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

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Overview

Look what The New Yorker dragged in! It’s the purr-fect gathering of talent celebrating our feline companions. This bountiful collection, beautifully illustrated in full color, features articles, fiction, humor, poems, cartoons, cover art, drafts, and drawings from the magazine’s archives. Among the contributors are Margaret Atwood, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Roald Dahl, Wolcott Gibbs, Robert Graves, Emily Hahn, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Steven Millhauser, Haruki Murakami, Amy Ozols, Robert Pinsky, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and E. B. White. Including a Foreword by Anthony Lane, this gorgeous keepsake will be a treasured gift for all cat lovers.

Praise for The Big New Yorker Book of Cats
 
“The Book of Cats comes a year after The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs—a publishing slight that, though it stings, I’ll forgive, as the latest anthology was worth the wait. . . . Two standout articles feature real-life obsessives of ages past who reveal today’s Caturnet devotees—with their GIFs and Tumblrs and hastily aggregated listicles—for what they truly are: amateurs. . . . Eat your heart out, Cute Overload.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“A beautiful hardcover.”—Jenny McCarthy, People
 
“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.”Modern Cat
 
“A shiny, well-fed tome . . . The anthology embodies the cat’s defining characteristic: its cluster of opposites, rolled together into a giant hairball of cultural attitudes—something, perhaps, at once uncomfortably and assuringly reflective of our own chronically conflicted selves.”Brain Pickings
 
“This gorgeous book has earned a permanent spot on my coffee table. It is an absolute joy to read and browse through, and I know it will bring me hours and hours of pleasure for years to come. And it makes a purr-fect gift for the special cat lovers in your life.”The Conscious Cat
 
“[A] sumptuous volume.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“One need not own cats (or do cats own their owners?) or even be a pet lover to savor this feline-focused offering.”The Sacramento Bee
 
“[A] fun collection of short stories, articles, humor, poems, and charming color covers from the magazine’s archives . . . [a] high-quality, attractive work.”Library Journal
 
“Covers, cartoons, authors of pieces both longer and shorter, reflect current views of the feline subject in all its glory. . . . The quality, humor and variety make for another successful New Yorker collection.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“An eminently giftable anthology.”Publishers Weekly

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By the evidence of its covers, cartoons, articles, fiction, and humor, The New Yorker is cat country. That cute furry theme comes across in capital letters in this 352-page celebration of all things feline. Among the contributors featured are Roald Dahl, James Thurber, Jean Rhys, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakimi, Amos Oz, Robert Pinsky, John Updike, and Jamaica Kincaid. (P.S. This full color collection also contains poems, drafts, and drawings from the magazine's famed archives.)

Library Journal
11/01/2013
Dogs had their day in The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, and now cats rule in this engaging feline anthology. This fun collection of short stories, articles, humor, poems, and charming color covers from the magazine's archives devotes sections to fat cats, alley cats, cat fanciers, and curious cats. Writers such as John Updike, Ted Hughes, James Thurber, Elizabeth Bishop, Margaret Atwood, and Roald Dahl recall their own pets, lost cats, experiences rescuing cats, old and young women and their cats, and the sheer joy of observing the animals just being themselves. Peter Matthiessen focuses on endangered large cats in "Tiger in the Snow," and Susan Orlean describes one woman's tiger sanctuary in "The Lady and the Tigers." Cartoonists such as William Steig, Sam Gross, and others provide laugh-out-loud scenarios that capture important things in life: eating, sleeping, adventure, litter boxes, and scratching the furniture. VERDICT Patrons will thoroughly enjoy browsing these pages with their furry friends nearby in this high-quality, attractive work.—Eva Lautemann, formerly with Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
The New York Times Book Review - Jennifer B. McDonald
The Book of Cats comes a year after The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs—a publishing slight that, though it stings, I'll forgive, as the latest anthology was worth the wait. Comprising 57 works of prose and poetry (with pictures!), it assembles quite a cast, both feline and human.
Publishers Weekly
03/10/2014
Here comes the effervescent counterpart to 2012's Big New Yorker Book of Dogs, an anthology of short fiction, articles, photographs, and of course, cat cartoons—an unassailable gift for the cat-lover in your life. The non-fiction spans from the fanciful—a lovely little piece from the ‘80s about a cat therapist operating in Manhattan—to the bizarre—Ariel Levy's excellent 2013 piece about exotic cat fanciers—people who will pay "as much as thirty thousand dollars for the privilege of owning a hybrid that looks like it could prowl the wilderness"—like, for example, the "Savannah cat, a cross between a domestic and a serval, an African native that preys on gazelles and springbok." The book spans the entire New Yorker history, and it's interesting to see how profiles have evolved, from a whimsical piece about a chorus girl turned cat-catcher from 1938 to Susan Orlean's masterful 2002 profile "The Lady and the Tigers," about a woman who owned up to two dozen tigers in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Readers will also enjoy a short story from Haruki Murakami, "Town of Cats" as well as fiction from John Updike, and Jean Rhys. Here is the rare coffee table book that is also a pleasure to read. (Oct.)
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“The Book of Cats comes a year after The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs—a publishing slight that, though it stings, I’ll forgive, as the latest anthology was worth the wait. . . . Two standout articles feature real-life obsessives of ages past who reveal today’s Caturnet devotees—with their GIFs and Tumblrs and hastily aggregated listicles—for what they truly are: amateurs. . . . Eat your heart out, Cute Overload.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“A beautiful hardcover.”—Jenny McCarthy, People
 
“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.”Modern Cat
 
“A shiny, well-fed tome . . . The anthology embodies the cat’s defining characteristic: its cluster of opposites, rolled together into a giant hairball of cultural attitudes—something, perhaps, at once uncomfortably and assuringly reflective of our own chronically conflicted selves.”Brain Pickings
 
“This gorgeous book has earned a permanent spot on my coffee table. It is an absolute joy to read and browse through, and I know it will bring me hours and hours of pleasure for years to come. And it makes a purr-fect gift for the special cat lovers in your life.”The Conscious Cat
 
“[A] sumptuous volume.”The Dallas Morning News
 
“One need not own cats (or do cats own their owners?) or even be a pet lover to savor this feline-focused offering.”The Sacramento Bee
 
“[A] fun collection of short stories, articles, humor, poems, and charming color covers from the magazine’s archives . . . [a] high-quality, attractive work.”Library Journal
 
“Covers, cartoons, authors of pieces both longer and shorter, reflect current views of the feline subject in all its glory. . . . The quality, humor and variety make for another successful New Yorker collection.”Kirkus Reviews
 
“An eminently giftable anthology.”Publishers Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
A worthy follow-up to last year's Big New Yorker Book of Dogs. Covers, cartoons, authors of pieces both longer and shorter, reflect current views of the feline subject in all its glory, and sometimes disgrace, as well as those of bygone days. Poets like Ted Hughes and Robert Graves sit alongside contributions from the magazine's former regular columnists--e.g., James Thurber's 1952 post-party tale "The Case of Dimity Ann" and E.B White's informative "How To Make a Cat Trap" (1930). White offers both a complicated assembly job and a simpler, more lethal one for those hardy enough to try. In "The Cats" (2003), John Updike writes about inheriting eight acres and countless cats. Included in this generous collection are big cats, lost cats, Army cats, bookstore and even wine-shop cats, cat therapists, a cat man, catsitters and cat savers. Cartoons and covers reflect more of these cross or interspecies types of rapport and humor. In 1954, a Republican owner of a Manx cat reported his pet's reaction to the mention of the name "Harry Truman" and how he got her down from the living room mantel by saying "Eisenhower." In one cartoon, a dinner-party host arrives with a cat perched atop a tray and asks his guests, "Cat, anyone?"; another cartoon wonders, "Who's Really Running the City." This theme is also echoed in some of the selections included among the 24 cover reproductions, like the Sleeping Beauty from Nov. 24, 1997, or the Cat vs. Dog game of chess from June 24, 1974. Other contributors include Roald Dahl, Jamaica Kincaid, Haruki Murakami, Susan Orlean, Robert Pinsky, Ariel Levy, T.C. Boyle and Steven Millhauser. The quality, humor and variety make for another successful New Yorker collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679644781
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 160,086
  • File size: 28 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    What a treasure - I had to first page through and laugh at all t

    What a treasure - I had to first page through and laugh at all the cartoons and I haven't stopped laughing. Then I picked out a few interesting stories and soon realized ALL of the stories were interesting, funny, sad, cute and sooo true. This compilation is one of the best 'coffee table' books around, good for a quick read and a hunker down and get warm fuzzies read on a cold night, with your cat trying to get as close to your face as possible blocking the pages from view. Sheer joy and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    EPIC FAILURE

    Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever read this cats are scary..... not trying to cat bash but this is awful snd ehy would you want a whole friggin book about cats......i dont even know

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