Book Genre: Non-fiction, History
Book Series: N/A
Released: 4/2017 by Ten Speed Press
Pages: 101 Price: $16.oo Hardcover
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.
A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures.
Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30 men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Issac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men, including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
The synopsis is pretty spot on for this book. It is a charming little gift or coffee table book featuring profiles of famous cat-loving men throughout history. Many of them you will know but some might be surprising. The book is handsomely illustrated and features quotes from many of the men profiled in the book.
The book isn’t very long and would make a great gift for the cat man or woman in your life. I have been fortunate to share my home one and might save my copy for him for Father’s Day. After all, our cats are our children and he might appreciate the recognition and to see what great company he keeps.
Not a lot more to say. It was a quick read and of exceptional quality printing wise. I liked it but wasn’t overly excited about it. It was interesting but nothing profound inside its pages. I still think it is a tad overpriced at $16.00 but at least you get something worthy of giving.
My Rating: 3 Stars