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Top 10 Cat Books of 2015

Our Cat Wisdom Top 10 Cat Books of 2015 are selected from traditionally published books we’ve reviewed this year. Every year we read far more book than we review.  To narrow down the list, we generally don’t review self-published or small press books, although there were some good ones like the cat story anthology Rescue Me. This year we are awarding only two Golden Purr awards one for fiction and one for nonfiction which we’ll announce next week. The books are listed in no particular order and all make excellent gifts for cat lovers.

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1) You Need More Sleep by Francesco Marciuliano Review Fiction, humor.

2) The Good, The Bad, The Furry by Tom Cox Review Non-fiction, humor, memoir.

3) Fat Cat Art: Famous Masterpieces Improved By A Ginger Cat With Attitude by Svetlana Petrova Review Non-fiction, art, humor.

4) Ketzel The Composer Cat by Lesléa Newman, illustrated Amy June Bates Review Children’s picture book. Non-fiction

5) The Cat Bible by Sandy Robins Review Nonfiction, Educational.

6) The Power of Meow by David Michie Review Fiction.

7) Text From Mittens by Angie Bailey, Review Fiction, humor.

8) Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer, Interviews by David La Spina and Brittany Hudak. Review Nonfiction, photography.

9) The Old Man and The Cat: A Love Story by Nils Uddenberg with illustrations by Anne Gustavsson. Review Non-fiction, memoir.

10) A Gift From Bob by James Bowen Review Non-fiction, memoir.

A personal message from the editor.

Since it’s the eve of Hanukkah, I’m sharing one of several holiday-themed graphics and photo quotes I’ve been whipping up lately. The act of creating them is calming for me during a stressful time but there are so many, only some will be shared here. Some are on social or at Boomer MuseNot all of them about cat.s. There are dogs, trees and fog or whatever enchants in the moment. 
No matter what your spiritual beliefs, this year feels like a time to dwell in the light. To focus on what’s good and soul nourishing. To appreciate a kindness, no matter how small. These are dark, unsettling times in the world and it’s not an accident that all the books on our top 10 list are uplifting or humorous. Some people deal with anxiety or worry by escaping into thrillers, murder mysteries or darker genres. If that’s your bag, wonderful.  Whatever you choose, do choose to read something. Reading remains an instant comfort, escape and adventure. There is a perfect one waiting for you.
Much love and light,
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Cat Wisdom 101: Golden Purr Awards -Top 10 Cat Book of 2013

2013 top 10 cat books- Golden Purr Awards

2013 was a stellar year of the cat in fiction and nonfiction. We read over a hundred cat books and reviewed dozens. We selected 20 cat books for our suggested holiday gift guide (scrolling below) but only 10 books receive our Golden Purr Award for excellence in a cat writing. We read dozens of purr-worthy books this year but these made us purr just a little bit louder.

The 2013 Cat Wisdom101 Golden Purr Awards recipients are (in alphabetical order) :

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1) Another Insane Devotion: On The Love of Cats and Persons by Peter Trachtenberg (Memoir)

2) Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend To Your Pet by John Bradshaw (Nonfiction)

3) Faithful Friends: Holocaust Stories of the Pets Who Gave Them Comfort, Suffered Alongside Them, and Waited For Their Return by Susan Bulanda (Nonfiction stories)

4) Henri, Le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat by William Braden (Fiction)

5) Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet by Lil BUB and Mike Bridavsky (Humor)

6) Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology by Caroline Paul (Memoir)

7) The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do– And How To Get Them To Do What You Want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider (Nonfiction)

8) The Dalai Lamas’s Cat and the Art of Purring by David Michie (Fiction)’

9) The Elegance of the Cat: An Illustrated History by Tamsin Pickeral (Nonfiction)

10) Whiskerlist: The Kitty Classifieds by Angie Bailey (Humor)

Please note: #8, The Art of Purring is a sequel (release date Nov.28, 2013) to The Dalai Lama’s Cat, a favorite of ours and the 2013 CWA Muse Medallion winner for fiction. Author David Michie will has kindly agreed to another exclusive Q & A soon. I’m happy to report the sequel made this reader purr with delight.

We hope you find something to purr about in our selection, as a treat for yourself or as a gift for another cat lover.