Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Review: The Cat in the Window

The Cat in the Window And Other Stories of the Cats We Love. Callie Smith Grant, ed. 2013. Revell. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Cat in the Window is a charming collection of true cat stories. There are many contributors to this collection: Callie Smith Grant, Vicki Crumpton, Andrea Doering, Alison Hodgson, Kathryn Ann Mays, Mark Muhich, Ila J. Smith, Mary Ann Osborn, Jill Eileen Smith, Robert Benson, Kathi Lipp, Pamela Allnutt, Donna Acton, Ed Peterson, Donna Hollingsworth with Pam Lione, Lonnie Hull DuPont, Cindy Crosby, Sandy Cathcart, April McGowan, Marilyn Guidinger, Melody Carlson, David Manuel, Jeanette Thomason, Cathy E. Watkins, and Dusty Rainbolt. Some are telling about current (or more recent) cats; some are reminiscing about former cats they've loved and lost. Some are meant to bring a laugh, others a smile. Some are definitely more emotional than others. I didn't connect with each and every story if I'm being honest. Some felt to be stories just featuring a cat. The cat was there when this happened in my life stories. Other stories, however, truly focus more on the special relationship between cats and their owners. You can imagine both types of stories being told in conversation: to friends, perhaps, or, even to strangers.

For anyone who enjoys cats, who loves cats, this one is a good, enjoyable collection.

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