Monday, April 16, 2018

Bookstore Cats by Brandon Schultz


“Cats and books go paw-in-paw.  Around the world, bookstores continue to prove that cats and books belong together. Some employ cats, some seem to be owned by cats, and some even double as cat refuges and adoption centers. The bookstore is a place to enter quietly, search endlessly for inspiration, then dive into something unknown for no solid reason other than to satisfy an itch. In essence, it’s where humans act like cats.”

This compelling line from the introduction just calls out to the book lovers who love cats.  Schultz takes readers on a visit to many bookstores with cats.  All shop names and contact information are included for curious visitors.  He shares each unique story about how each cat has made the bookstore his or her place.  Many of the cats are named after book characters, have bookish puns (such as the Great Catsby from the Gallery Bookshop), or just plain creative names (such as Boba Wilbur Bumpus from Postmark Books).  There are plenty of pictures of the cats with tidbits on their personalities and backstories, capturing how they have endeared themselves to their community and have established quite a fan base.  For the book lover, there is plenty of bookish cat fun interspersed throughout the book, such as cats in poetry and lists of cats in different genres to give readers plenty of recommendations to try.  This is a great coffee table book and feel-good read.

Look for Bookstore Cats in the VBPL Catalogs.  For more cats in stores, try the wonderfully photographed Shop Cats of New York by Tamar Arslanian, and, for more working cats, try Cats on the Job by Lisa Rogak.  For more book and cat combinations, try Mark Twain for Cat Lovers edited by Mark Dawidziak.


Review posted by Tracy V

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