The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats [NOOK Book]

Overview


What is it with women and cats? The Feline Mystique is the first serious examination of the intense relationship between woman and their cats and of the repercussions that bond can have on others. Richly researched and searchingly personal, The Feline Mystique uses history, science, art, and literature as touchpoints to explain and explore contemporary women's lives with their cats.

From a glamorous tiger trainer to a feral-cat rescuer, from ...
See more details below
The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook - First Edition)
$7.99
BN.com price

Overview


What is it with women and cats? The Feline Mystique is the first serious examination of the intense relationship between woman and their cats and of the repercussions that bond can have on others. Richly researched and searchingly personal, The Feline Mystique uses history, science, art, and literature as touchpoints to explain and explore contemporary women's lives with their cats.

From a glamorous tiger trainer to a feral-cat rescuer, from a show breeder to Simon and her own relationship with the gray longhair Cyrus, this book will introduce you to women both ferocious and nurturing and animals both whimsical and noble. It's a fresh, fascinating exploration of the timeless bond between women and cats, and will deepen your understanding of your relationship with your own feline-be he or she tiger or tabby.

A cat person's answer to Pack of Two and The Secret Life of Dogs, The Feline Mystique is an eye-opening and soul-soothing book for all cat lovers.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble Review
What is it about women and cats? Clea Simon offers a thoughtful, gracefully written reflection on this powerful bond, interweaving history and contemporary anecdotes with the saga of her own gray cat, Cyrus.

Cat lovers will warm to the many cat stories in the book, but I bet they will especially appreciate her take on familiar stereotypes (the crazy old woman with her cats, the single woman alone with her cats, the witch with her cat companion). It is the power of the connection between women and cats, contends Simon, that inspires such jealousy and derision.

In fact, living with a cat has profound psychological benefits. Cats teach us that we can be discriminating; that we need not give false encouragement to everyone we meet. Notes Simon, "It is true, although not in the way our critics would have it, that we practice many human roles in private with our pets. They are our best girlfriend, to whom we can complain when our time is torn between jobs or between managing the home and marriage. They may be our peers and sometimes even our parents, who let us bounce ideas around and help us reach our own decisions."

Next time anyone refers to your cat as a child substitute, hand him this book. (Ginger Curwen)

Library Journal
Simon (Fatherless Women) draws on personal experience, research, and interviews with female cat owners to explore the unique relationship between women and cats. She seeks to dispel negative old wives' tales about women and cats, creating a work that largely offers her own insights and reflections. She also examines how cats and women have been intertwined in historical myths and stereotypes, from the Egyptian cat-headed goddess Bastet, to the 15th-century burning of witches and their feline familiars, to the modern Catwoman. Throughout are stories of women and their cats, including a shelter worker, a tiger trainer, and a number of artists. Simon includes her own touching story of 17 years with her recently deceased cat, Cyrus, and explores how the female-feline relationship affects other relationships in a woman's life. A bibliography and list of cat rescue organizations accompany the work. Lovingly written, Simon's work offers an unusual perspective on an age-old topic and makes a suitable purchase for large public libraries. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Journalist and memoir author Simon (Mad House, 1997) perceptively examines the close relationship between women and cats. Drawing on her experiences with the much-loved Cyrus, whom she acquired when single and at the start of her writing career, Simon deftly mixes personal anecdotes and interviews with references to mythology and popular culture. She calls Cyrus the "feline barometer" against which she measured herself and her intimates; her tales about living with him complement the cat lore here. Cats play an important role in many women's relationships with men, Simon demonstrates, describing her own and others' romances ending because Mr. Wrong disliked or was insensitive to the cats in their lives. Simon herself eventually finds and marries a man who loves cats and (just as important) meets with Cyrus's approval. She analyzes some stereotypical assumptions, such as the idea that women who collect more cats than they can take care of suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The legendary relation between cats and witchcraft, Simon suggests, may have been fueled by male fears of women's sexuality ("our most feline feature") and the ancient belief that cats had psychic powers, which led historically to the demonization of females and felines. She finds the myth of cats as evil creatures with feminine characteristics still perpetuated in comics like Batman, where the superhero contends with the wicked Catwoman. Simon visits women who help feral and abandoned cats; she addresses the issues of feeding, neutering, declawing, and death. She profiles various individuals: the vegetarian who cooks chicken for Missy; the cat who teaches a young and thoughtless college graduate to be a goodmother; Rudy and Gigi, who fill their owner's empty nest after the children leave. Most touching of all is her tribute to the departed Cyrus, her comfort for 16 years and "the perfect companion, so much personality in such a little package." Wide-ranging and perfectly pitched: both sensitive and sensible.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466850255
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 285,417
  • File size: 577 KB

Meet the Author


Clea Simon is a Boston-based writer and journalist, who contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Ms., and a variety of other publications. She is the author of Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings and Fatherless Women: How We Change After We Lose Our Dads.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
1. A Cat of One's Own 1
2. Bonding 28
3. Household Gods 49
4. When the Fur Flew 71
5. The Sensual Kitty 86
6. Meows and Whispers 103
7. Obsession 123
8. Littering 142
9. The Wild Side 161
10. Letting Go 192
11. The Solace of Cats 214
Acknowledgments 230
Cat Rescue Organizations 233
Bibliography 235
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted July 6, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A book that celebrates the connection between women and cats

    This is one of my favorite cat books. It's a book for cat lovers. It's a book for women who love their cats. And it's a book for men who love women who love their cats.

    Author Clea Simon examines the bond between cats and women from all angles - from history and mythology to interviews with cat women from all walks of life, the book is a compelling mix of facts about cats and the women who love them. It's also a memoir of the seventeen years Simon spent with Cyrus, the kitten she adopted as a young single woman.

    This is a joyful book, celebrating the role cats play in womens' lives. If you are a woman who loves cats, or if you want to better understand a woman who loves cats, you will enjoy this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2002

    Lyrical look at felines and life

    I've adored all of Simon's past books (Fatherless Women and Mad House were both stellar) and this one is even better. Full of historical details about cats and personal annecdotes, the book is a moving look at the relationship between women and their cats. In parts heartbreaking, in parts hilarious, with prose as perfect and warm as a Siamese cat (my personal fave.)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    Clea got this one right. . .

    I just finished the Feline Mystique and loved it. Coincidentally, one of my co-workers had to put her 19 year old cat to sleep late last week. The cat and her litter mate had been with my friend through thick and thin, two marriages, multiple career changes, etc. I thought the chapter on 'Letting Go' would be helpful to her and she said it was. A really good read.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)