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3 New Books for Cat Lovers to Add to Their Reading Lists

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Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi.

Looking for a great cat book to read in your downtime? Cat lovers are sure to love these feline-centric reads.

1. Cats on Catnip

Cats on Catnip by Andrew Marttila.

Cats on Catnip by Andrew Marttila.

Catnip can turn our normally regal and sophisticated cats into ridiculous balls of activity and silliness. For those of us who have witnessed our cats tripping out on catnip, the photos in this new book by Catster favorite Andrew Marttila are all too familiar — and absolutely hilarious.

This collection of 100-plus photos features dozens of cats in all their catnip-crazed glory, whether they’re playing with it, rolling in it or just chowing down. Using both freeze-frame shots and macro photography (extremely close up and detailed shots), Andrew captures an amazing range of feline expressions and personalities. $13.29. Amazon.com. Published by Running Press. 

2. Writers and Their Cats

Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi.

Writers and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi.

Many great writers have shared one special love: the companionship of cats. This new book by Alison Nastasi celebrates these enduring friendships with both charming photographs and engaging text.

You’ll find the behind-the-scenes stories of 45 famous writers (like Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Neil Gaiman, Patricia Highsmith, Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote) and their feline friends. Perfect for book nerds and cat lovers alike, this collection shows why cats are, in the words of Gloria Steinem, “a writer’s most logical and agreeable companion.” $16.95. chroniclebooks.com. Published by Chronicle Books.

3. Caticons

Caticons by Sandy Lerner.

Caticons by Sandy Lerner.

This is no ordinary coffee-table book full of pretty pictures. It’s the result of a 30-year odyssey by author Sandy Lerner (best known as the co-founder of companies like Cisco and Urban Decay) probing the corners of the art world, catalogs, foreign shores and cyberspace.

Spanning four millennia, five continents and every genre of decorative arts, the book takes readers into a world that includes items like an earthenware Hittite ceremonial cup with a cat’s face from 1700 B.C. to works of the current century — along with history, prose and poetry. Consider this book a catwalk of 4,000 years of art imitating cats and the ways humans have expressed their love and appreciation for all things feline. $49.95. caticons.com. Published by Ayrshire House Publishing.

Thumbnail: Photography Chronicle Books. 

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home.

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