Cat People

Cat People

Book - 2005
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A humorous celebration of cat lovers and their devotion to their feline companions traces the authors' own experiences as cat aficionados and shares the stories of such noteworthy enthusiasts as a woman who brought her cat with her to dine in some of New York's finest French restaurants and a family whose numerous cats require truckload-sized orders of kitty litter. 30,000 first printing.


In Cat People, Michael Korda, the New York Times bestselling author of Horse People, and his wife, Margaret, provide a wildly entertaining look at the world of cat lovers -- and their devotion to their pets.

With characteristic wit, self-effacing charm, and sheer, exuberant love of a good cat story, they recount their lives as "cat people," beginning with Margaret's passion for cats (and Michael's reluctant midlife transformation into a cat person), and introduce readers to a hilarious assortment of people whose lives revolve -- often to an extraordinary degree -- around their cats, from Cleopatra, a transatlantic traveler who found happiness in Paris, to Wally, the epitome of feline dignity.

Here are people who just can't say no to acquiring another cat, who travel the world with their cats, who build their social lives around their cats -- and, of course, here are the cats themselves. The Kordas celebrate the beguiling power of cats, including many of their own who have complemented, complicated, and changed their lives together over the years. Charming, often funny, and sometimes sad portraits populate the book -- such as Margaret's beloved cat Irving, whose favorite abode was the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and Mumsie, who arrived unexpectedly at the door with her two kittens, and special cats like Jake and the gentle Chutney, as well as "difficult" cats like Chui and poor Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who found love late in life. There are graceful cats and cats like Kit-Kat that never look before they jump; in short, countless cats the reader will never forget, even those with many cats of their own.

The human characters include such unabashed cat people as one couple who keeps twenty-three cats and orders litter by the truckload; a glamorous New York agent who regularly shares lunch with her cat, Tulip, courtesy of New York's finest French restaurants; and many others, ranging from the eccentric to the bizarre. From city cats to country cats, Margaret and Michael celebrate the challenges, the joys, and the occasional heartbreak of living with -- and sometimes for -- one's cat.

Here is the perfect gift for any cat lover to give or get, illustrated with whimsical line drawings by Michael Korda.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060756635
Branch Call Number: 636.8 K841c
Characteristics: 163 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Korda, Michael 1933-


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d2013 Feb 28, 2013

Enjoyable read.

Jul 13, 2011

I think some cat lovers would really enjoy this book so I will add it to my list of cat books. However, I found it dull for the most part. Some opinions seem incorrect. I'm sure their cats are great, though.

Mar 29, 2011

Heart-warming stories, although somewhat disjointed narration by the two Kordas. If you enjoy this book, you should read Country Matters by Michael Korda to learn more about the couple's endeavors with horses and pigs in rural New York state.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 03, 2011

A collection of cute stories about the author's accumulated cats. You'll smile, you'll laugh, you'll cry, but you might also come away with a better understanding about the reality of rescuing cats.

The illustrations throughout are also adorable.


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