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Praise for "The Life and Love of Cats: "
"Fabulous felines." --"People"
"As good as Blackwell's text is (and it's quite good--an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review""
"Filled with gorgeous color photos of domestic and wild felines: Russian blues, Siamese, lions, leopards, Bengal tigers and more." --BookPage
"A global tour of one of the world's most popular animals." --"The Charlotte Observer "
"This is a gorgeous coffee table book" --"dooce"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Beginning with the question, “What does the cat think of us?,” writer and photographer Blackwell (The Life & Love of Trees) examines the special connection humans have with cats of every pedigree, shape, and size. Over the course of nine chapters (get it?), he illustrates how our relationship with cats has had implications far beyond the immediately obvious. To wit: the perceived correlation between cats and witchcraft led to a steep decline in feline populations during the Middle Ages, which in turn allowed rats to flourish, thereby facilitating the rapid spread of the Black Death. But as good as Blackwell’s text is (and it’s quite good—an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images. Blackwell’s beautifully composed portraits of Abyssinians, Bengal tigers, sphynxes, Persians, and more, as well as his close-ups of paws, eyes, tongues, and whiskers are stunning. Blackwell covers everything from napping kitties to the majestic black panther and the noble white tiger, but this is more than a bound calendar. Any cat lover (or fan of photography) will thoroughly appreciate this thoughtful and creative large-format volume.117 color photos. (Oct.)
We humans sure do love our pets. When we’re not cuddling, thinking about or talking to them, we love to read about our favorite animals.
It’s impossible to look at Underwater Dogs without smiling, whether at the wild grin on the face of Buster the Cavalier King Charles spaniel or the cautiously inquisitive snout of Comet the golden retriever, as seen from photographer Seth Casteel’s perspective under water. Casteel’s splashy pictures, which went viral earlier this year, strike a happy chord: Dogs dive in enthusiastic pursuit of tennis balls; the photographer captures them in all their bulging-eyed, floppy-tongued glory. Canines of all shapes, ages and sizes appear here, but Casteel’s message is universal: “[Dogs] teach us that if you just jump in, you might have fun along the way.” This delight-inducing book makes an excellent argument for taking a plunge, watery or otherwise.
The Life & Love of Cats is filled with gorgeous color photos of domestic and wild felines: Russian blues, Siamese, lions, leopards, Bengal tigers and more. In accompanying essays, Lewis Blackwell shows us why cats have so many admirers and delves into the history of “the cat-human/human-cat relationship.” He notes that an archaeological dig revealed a cat’s skeleton from 7500 BCE carefully buried alongside a human grave—“an indication of a cat that was a highly treasured part of society”—and that, over the centuries, the role of the cat was elevated, then devalued, then raised up again. Today, there are 600 million pet and stray cats roaming the world. Blackwell offers much to ponder, whether the eternal question, “What does the cat think of us?” or the physical beauty of precious kittens, impossibly fluffy cats and calmly regal white tigers.
Oh, Uggie, he of the bowties, pretty brown eyes and career success that most humans would envy, never mind dogs. He’s done it again: While many of us have been embroiled in a daily struggle to find the darn car keys, the Jack Russell terrier has gone and written a book, Uggie: My Story. He told—er, barked—it to Wendy Holden, and reassures readers, “Where human conversations cannot be remembered precisely, I have recreated them to the best of my canine ability.” One would expect nothing less from Uggie, who, like many Hollywood sorts, had a bit of a rough start as a hyperactive puppy. He was taken in by Omar von Muller, a veteran trainer who got Uggie’s unfortunate impulses under control. Uggie shares lots of behind-the-scenes dish on his rise to fame and his work on movies like Water for Elephants and The Artist. Adorable, often hilarious photos appear throughout, and Uggie lets readers know what it’s really like to be cute and in demand.