Secrets of the Cat

Its Lore, Legend, and Lives

By Barbara Holland; Emily Schilling (Illustrator)
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061978043, 225pp.)

Publication Date: November 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.

About 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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