Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 12 - Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield

Cats first purred their way into human hearts thousands of years ago, and have been our treasured companions and soul mates ever since. Whether impish kittens, regal adult cats or serene seniors, it's impossible for us to remain indifferent to them--especially at 4 A.M. when the food bowl runs dry! So smile at their many "c'attitudes," and feed your feline passion by "purr-using" wonderful stories like these: A Russian blue comforts his mourning owner by faithfully bringing her flowers. An heroic red tabby Manx saves the family he loves from a lethal gas leak in their home. A Devon rex with extraordinary talents--including playing the piano--expands people's notions of what a cat can do. A fish-loving shorthair nearly loses his head while scavenging in the garbage disposal--but lives to meow about it. A three-legged kitty befriends a lonely third-grade girl, transforming her world and inspiring her future success in life.

From playful and hilarious accounts of life with cats to heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing and learning, each touching story in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates the special bond we share with our cats.

There's not much more to say about this than the description imparts, other than to be sure and have tissues on hand. If you are familiar with this series of books, you know what you're going to get: heart-warming stories that verge on the sentimental, and that's fine with me. I was particularly touched by the stories about cats and humans who helped each other grieve mutual feline and human companions. It's also interesting to hear about cats' names and how they were bestowed, such as the Siamese cat named Etcetera because of "The King and I."

This entry is out of order because the two previous books in reading sequence are book club selections that we haven't discussed yet, and I want to take advantage of the opportunity to include any relevant points that might come out of that. Meanwhile, I'm close to finishing Book 14 which will bring me closer to my necessary pace for the year. I have a busy weekend planned, but I hope to get some reading done during the quiet intervals.
Tags: animals, human spirit, non-fiction

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