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Shop Cats of New York Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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“For Manhattanites (and those in the no-longer-outer boroughs), Andrew Marttila’s photographs of SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK, written by Tamar Arslanian, is proof that friendly felines are the best distraction when the world seems primed to topple off its axis.” (The New York Times)
“Every New York cat lover has a favorite local shop cat (four of the felines in this book prowl shops in my Brooklyn neighborhood); now their star power goes nationwide!” (USA Today)
“While Arslanian writes thoughtful, interesting profiles, Marttila shot some gorgeous photos, capturing the beauty and character of the book’s feline subjects.” (Fast Company)
“A beautiful book of beautiful photos of beautiful cats by beautiful people. Shop Cats has a special place in my tiny heart.” (Lil Bub)
“A stunning collection of stories and photos, but it is even more than that - it vividly illustrates the very nature of the human/cat dynamic. It is a testament to our ongoing love affair, a visual triumph and a book that all cat lovers should have in their collection.” (Jackson Galaxy is the host and Executive Director of Animal Planet's hit show, My Cat From Hell, and a two-time New York Times best-selling author.)
“Whether greeting customers, reviewing inventory, or keeping on top of finances by sleeping across the credit card reader, the utterly endearing stars of Shop Cats of New York prove that felines make the best companions and coworkers.” (Francesco Marciuliano author of I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats)
“Tamar Arslanian has collected the stories of many of N.Y.C.’s working cats for the book Shop Cats of New York, which features stunning photos of the subjects from Andrew Marttila. (People)
“This book shows that shop life can work for felines . . . Dwelling in wine shops, bookstores, dry cleaners and yes, The Algonquin Hotel, think Humans of New York, only cats.” (Associated Press)
“Arslanian and Marttila truly capture the unique personalities of each shop cat . . . beautiful photography.” (Bust.com)
“’Shop Cats of New York,’ explores the lesser-known lives of the city’s most adored felines. She [Tamar Arslanian] teamed up with photographer Andrew Marttila, who shot gorgeous portraits of the book’s furry stars.” (Huffington Post)
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New York City’s most iconic felines.
They inhabit New York City’s most legendary and coziest spots—the Algonquin Hotel, a whiskey distillery, Bleecker Street Records, a pilates studio, bookstores, bike shops, and in bodegas around the five boroughs. True New Yorkers—masters of people watching—they perch on wine crates, piles of books, and a classic hotel desktop, taking in all the activity around them. Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines as popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well-cared-for animals in their city habitats and reveal how they have come to reign over their urban kingdoms.
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I thought I'd only be reading stories about cats found in businesses in NYC, but it was more. It's a snapshot of, not only the incredible cats, but of the New Yorkers who share their lives with them. It shows how special New Yorkers are and how special the love is that New Yorkers have for their feline friends.
The next time you see a cat in a shop, you'll stop and think about the special place they hold in the life of that shop.
The photos are beautiful. Paired with the incredible writing, they put you in each shop next to each and every Shop cat.
Pick up a copy.
First, the photography is amazing. Marttila has an exceptional eye at capturing not just interesting photos of the cats, but of really seizing their personality. Whether sitting in the shop window, greeting customers, hanging out with its guardian, or “supervising” the shop, the essence of each cat or kitten is clearly conveyed through the way Marttila frames his subject. The photography really is stunning.
Second, the copy is great. I have never been to New York City, so I was hopeful I’d learn a little more about the city (all I ever think of when I think of NYC is Seinfeld or Friends). The personalities of these shop cats are well portrayed, and their stories are at times heartfelt, funny, and humbling. But more than that, what Arslanian has done is portray the fine details of life in New York through these glimpses into the small shops and their resident cats. I feel like I’ve not only gotten to know these shop cats and their friends and guardians, but I now have a sense of what it would be like to be a resident of the city.
Third, the production of the book itself is really quality. The pictures are crisp and clear, text is easy to read, the binding and covers are sturdy, the stock is thick and rich. I’m glad to have this book not just for my own reading, but to be able to display it in my home, or to share with friends and family. I’m looking forward to picking up a few extra copies to give as holiday gifts to my fellow cat lovers or lovers of New York!