From Publishers Weekly
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. (May)
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Why do dog people never feel compelled to explain their companions but cat people are often apologetic? McMorris (Women's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives
, 2006) vowed to get to the bottom of this quandary and encouraged her female-writers-with-cats friends to include the ambivalence of admitting how much their cats mean to them when they submitted their essays. Although each I-love-cats persona may be subtle, it is there: Jenna Schnuer's cat, Maynard, may be presented in a macho homage to a macho cat, but when he sleeps cute his owner just has to mention it. Jennifer Jalalat's Dulcinea teaches her to love what you've got in the physical department and to see that everyone is a sexy beast; Barrie Gillies' Fat Annie proves that we can all squish together and therefore make happiness. A little cat, hit by a car, saved a long-term friendship for Melinda J. Combs. Cats, in all their colors and personalities, affect each author differently, and each short piece reveals another side of the woman-feline bond. Nancy BentCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved