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About the Author

Bob Tarte wrote for The Beat magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Miami New Times, the Whole Earth Review, and other publications. He hosts the What Were You Thinking? podcast for petliferadio.com. He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565129997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565129993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this today for my cat-nut sister, but then I started reading it...and couldn't put it down. The writing is zesty and winning and filled with insights about animal behavior. But what appealed to me most was the subtle, poignant, and possibly unwitting self-portrait of a man who exists in more or less constant psychic pain, and how he has found a way, through his affinity for animals, to survive in the world. Very, very moving. --Monica Wood
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You do not need to be a cat lover to enjoy this book about cats but I happen to be one so this book was extra special to me. Bob describes cat behavior better than anyone since Doreen Tovey. I loved seeing the different personalities of the cats, how they tried to handle each one according to the cats' terms. I like to check into Bob and Linda's life every so often and find out how things are in Michigan. Bob pulls you into their world so easily I found myself reading almost all night to get caught up since the last book. Linda's back, Bob's naps, repairs on their home, and how his sisters are doing, he can make us interested in seeing what some people might consider small problems but Bob and I know they are BIG. Bob Tarte is the only author I preorder and Kitty Cornered shows me I am correct in doing so.
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This is Joan, Bob Tarte's sister, who is thrilled to be a character in Bob's new book. I had no idea what he was going to write about me; I just finished the last paragraph and I have to say I want to read the book all over again. I am so happy to have kindred souls with Bob, his wife Linda, and my husband, Jack. It's great to know that Jack and I are not the only people whose lives evolve and revolve around our rescued animals. I laughed out loud as I read, so many times that I cannot count them all. Thanks again, Bob. I love ya!
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As a lifelong animal lover, I am always hesitant to read books about animals, as some of them are too much for my super soft heart. I must say I absolutely loved all three of Bob Tarte's books, and in the process, felt like I gained a friend. Bob brings a deeply empathetic voice to animals lovers everywhere. The trials and tribulations of Bob and his wife Linda and their haphazard home full of needy animals was an absolutely joy to read. Bob's hilariously dry wit, his reluctant acceptance of Linda's adoptions which become very much his own, and the process by which his heart cracks open to embrace all of the creatures in their care, bring a very real and engaging perspective. Bob shares a lot of personal history and family quirks, to which so many readers can relate. As I read the book, I kept telling my husband, "You HAVE to read this!!!" knowing that he could relate to being on the receiving end of marriage to an animal rescue fanatic. I'm grateful to know that Bob and Linda are out there for those very fortunate animals who cross their paths. More books, Mr. Tarte, please!
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A couple weeks ago, I was home sick from work. How lucky I was to receive my copy of "Kitty Cornered" from Amazon in the mail that afternoon--best get well present I could imagine.

As he does in his previous books, Bob Tarte writes about how animals enter and enrich his life in "Kitty Cornered" The cat cast of "Kitty Cornered" is diverse, charming, and maddening. There's Agnes who plays the role of the stereotypical feline, welcoming interaction with humans on HER schedule. Beautiful Moobie with one green eye and one blue eye not only tolerates veterinary procedures but also manages to turn the experience into a way of getting extra chow. Honest Maynard is never bashful about wailing his needs; Lucy challenges Bob to design a better litter box; and Tina makes a quiet entry into the Tarte home but surprises all with her youthful exuberance. Then there's shy Frannie.

Frannie connects with the author early in the book, but her acceptance of her new home must be slowly won, a relationship created with time and care. As someone who has lived with rescue animals over the years, I particularly appreciated Tarte's efforts to understand Frannie's mysterious origins.

"Kitty Cornered" is a wonderful book for several reasons. Dog owners such as myself can learn a great deal about the behavior and health of cats. Readers in need of a chuckle will laugh at Tarte's humorous (but kind) portraits of the humans in the book. If a reader happens to be in a philosophical mood (and sneezing and coughing and feeling miserable), Tarte's book will brighten life with his tale of how six cats "took over his household" and brought happiness in exchange. You will enjoy reading this book!
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Bob Tarte has written 3 books and I read them all in two weeks. They are THAT GOOD. The first two books introduced us to Bob's transformation from hipster single guy to loving spouse and "dad" to a menagerie. After reading those books, I wanted a parrot and chickens! On to Kitty Cornered which presents the secret world of Bob's cats. They are great to nap with, even if Bob has to hold one cat's water dish like a "sommelier". Bob has a friendly, warm, witty and caring writing style and you will become best friends with him and his household by the end of the book. The only thing I didn't like after finishing Kitty Cornered is that, to date, there is not a book 4 for me to read!! Highly recommended!
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