If you have ever come to the second floor of the library in the Reference area, you surely have had the great pleasure of seeing our “Library CATalog” wall. Certain co-workers have accused us of having a cat bias (true, at least for me) so we have allowed a few dogs to be a part of the CATalog. Without going on too much about the greatness of cats, I would like to recommend a couple of great cat books and maybe a book about a pet pig that you might be interested in reading.
The author Michael Korda recently published a book of sketches that he had doodled on the back of manuscripts for his wife, who was battling brain cancer. The sketches starred the couple’s three cats, and the result is his book, “Catnip.” The sketches are funny and moving. Included are the cats cooking and dining, cats in cowboy hats, cats playing musical instruments and dancing the cat-can. It’s a lovely book that is a testament to the couple’s love for one another and their feline companions.
A ridiculous book that I highly recommend when feeling stressed is “Cats on Catnip” by Andrew Marttila. The title says it all, and I have to believe that — even if you are not a cat lover — there is something delightful about cats looking playful, crazy and just a bit unhinged on catnip!
“Happily Ever Esther: Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home” by Steve Jenkins is another new book worth checking out. Jenkins and his husband, Walter, left the big city to live on a farm with their adopted pig, Esther. Things quickly got a bit out of control, and the couple ended up running a sanctuary with over 42 animals, including goats, ducks and a peacock! This is a heartwarming memoir of a loving family composed of humans and animals.
There are plenty of charming dog books in our collection. Really, if you have an interest in any kind of animal (birds, fish, hamsters, you name it), we can find something for you!
Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.