Con­nie’s Book Club

Curl up with a good cat and a good book


Curl up with a cat and a good book. Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Con­nie Wil­son’s se­lec­tion of must-reads.

The In­ner Life of Cats By Thomas McNamee Ac­claimed au­thor Tom McNamee brings you into the hid­den world of fe­lines with the life story of his cat Au­gusta. The In­ner Life of Cats dis­pels myths and ad­dresses mis­un­der­stand­ings by way of sci­en­tific in­for­ma­tion in­ter­laced with rich prose, hu­mour, and cat love. McNamee has done his home­work: he helps us un­der­stand a cat’s per­spec­tive of the world and what they are try­ing to tell us. For in­stance, a cat can have elo­quent ears, ex­pres­sive eyes, and talk­a­tive tails—if you know what to look for.

A pro­lific na­ture writer, Thomas McNamee has been pub­lished in The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post, to name a few, and is the re­cip­i­ent of a 2016 Guggen­heim Memo­rial Foun­da­tion fel­low­ship. This, his lat­est of­fer­ing, was spurred by his adopted black kit­ten Au­gusta, who in­spired years of study of her species. Se­cret Lan­guage of Cats By Su­sanne Schötz Do you ever wish you could read your cat’s mind? We all know our fe­line com­pan­ions can some­times be com­pli­cated and con­found­ing, go­ing from hot to cold in the blink of an eye. Luck­ily there’s a new catto-hu­man trans­la­tion book that’s ready to ex­plain the in­tri­ca­cies of the fe­line mind— The Se­cret

Lan­guage of Cats of­fers in­sights to ev­ery meow, hiss, yowl and chirp, help­ing you un­der­stand ex­actly what your cat has been try­ing to tell you this whole time! Get this book and learn prac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion tips and start build­ing a health­ier, hap­pier re­la­tion­ship with your cat. Gem-Bem and the Mys­tery of the Ball of Branches By Chris­tiane D'Aoust

Does your child love cap­ti­vat­ing mys­ter­ies? Gem-Bem and the Mys­tery

of the Ball of Branches is a must-read, en­com­pass­ing both an­i­mal facts and val­ues of true friend­ship and com­mu­nity.

Gem-Bem, a gen­tle and friendly do­mes­tic cat, lives with her hu­man fam­ily and shares ad­ven­tures with friends in the woods sur­round­ing her Que­bec home. Along with her best friend Chardé they ex­pe­ri­ence hu­mour and hap­pi­ness, sur­prise and fear. These two ad­ven­tur­ers meet a group of rab­bits, wit­ness the near-drown­ing of rac­coon kits, and dis­cover a strange ball of branches in the for­est—leav­ing the reader won­der­ing if the mys­tery will be solved…

This won­der­ful tale is full of in­for­ma­tion about the nat­u­ral world and also con­tains ex­am­ples of good mo­ral prac­tice, mak­ing it ideal for chil­dren ages 9-12. Big Cats, Lit­tle Cats: A Vis­ual Guide to the World’s Cats By Jim Med­way Is the lit­tle cat-lover in your life ready to be­come a cat ex­pert? Aimed at chil­dren ages three to seven, the lovely Big Cats,

Lit­tle Cats is the per­fect vis­ual in­tro­duc­tion to ev­ery cat species in the world. Lit­tle ones will love the il­lus­tra­tions of all types of cats, from house cat breeds to rare and large wild cats from around the globe. Paired with a kit­ten and cub iden­ti­fier and an ex­ten­sive in­dex full of in­ter­est­ing facts about ev­ery breed and species, this is a su­per fun and ed­u­ca­tional read for the whole fam­ily!

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