Secrets of the Cat
Its Lore, Legend, and Lives
By Barbara Holland
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061978043, 240pp.)
Publication Date: December 2010
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What is really going on behind those luminous feline eyes?
Affectionate yet aloof, intelligent and inquisitive yet dangerously careless, the more-or-less domesticated house cat intrigues us as no other animal can. Now Barbara Holland offers cat lovers a fascinating, funny, and refreshingly candid look at their feline companions: their history, lore, and secrets, and their complicated relations with people and with each other.
Secrets of the Cat is a lively appreciation of cats as we know and love them, with witty analysis and fresh observations about felines both high and low. Here are Winston Churchills ginger tom, who attended cabinet meetings; Teddy Roosevelts cat, Slippers, who came to dinner; and even the authors own George II, who was bitten by a mouse and adopted by a blue jay. Barbara Hollands warm, vivid speculations on cats lives and timeson their social, psychic, and mythological legacy, and their impenetrable mysterieswill give readers a delightful cats-eye view of the world.
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.
“Smart, bright, well-written....A book about cats as good as this one is rare.”
“May be the most elegantly written, witty, perceptive statement about felines ever published.”
“Charming....Will soften the heart of even a certified ailurophobe.”
“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.”
-Trenton NJ Times
“An absolutely wonderful and sometimes hilarious and always soulful book.”