Synopses & Reviews
Part diva, part purring furball, cats always keep you wondering. Are they happy to see you? Mad at the world? Cats are subtle little comics, rubbing against your legs when you'd forgotten they were in the room, purring in your ear in the middle of the night. What is it about these sly, droll, and unpredictable creatures that captivates us? And what's the deal with the whole crazy cat lady stereotype, anyway?
From a tale about how rescuing a stray cat ended up saving a friendship to an unapologetic piece by a confirmed and proud! crazy cat lady, the essays in Cat Women range from thought-provoking and heartrending to laugh-out-loud funny, all delving into the many ways these often aloof little divas touch our lives.
"McMorris (Women's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives) collects 29 well-crafted and enjoyable short essays that often focus on how the writer's cat (or cats) has affected her love life both for better and worse. Kristen Kemp relates how she collected cats to get the affection her boyfriend wasn't giving her. Editor McMorris describes how, after a rough start, when her six-year-old tabby peed on her boyfriend's clothes, he gradually learned to enjoy the cat. A sadder story is told by Susan Schulz Wuornos, evoking the death of her pet just one week before her wedding. The majority of the selections emphasize the individuality and independence of cats, who make certain that their owners know precisely what they want. Erin Torneo stresses that felines are not people pleasers: 'They won't plunge into a relationship without careful consideration,' And they always have an escape route, lessons she applied to her own relationships. This collection will appeal to all those (especially women) already seduced by the enigmatic feline." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Cats, in all their colors and personalities, affect each author differently, and each short piece reveals another side of the woman-feline bond." Booklist
"Although some anecdotes are better than others, there's plenty for cat lovers to relate to and appreciate." Library Journal
About the Author
Megan McMorris is a freelance writer based in Portland. The editor of Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives (Seal Press), author of Foghorn Outdoors Oregon Hiking, and coauthor of Foghorn Outdoors Pacific Northwest Hiking, she has contributed to such magazines as Self, Cooking Light, Runner's World, Woman's Day, and Fitness.