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CATSONG by T. J. Banks


by T. J. Banks

124 pages
CATSONG is a collection of T. J. Banks's best cat stories.

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Category: Animals:Cats
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About the Book
You can’t keep a good cat – or cats – down. CATSONG, winner of the 2007 Merial Human-Animal Bond Award, is back with more stories, more poetry, and more – what else? – cats. A heart-felt tribute to the many felines who have miaowed, pawed, and wandered into T. J. Banks’s life and writing, the book has spoken to many readers. “The stories brought back so many memories of my own ‘old family,’” one wildlife artist and photographer wrote. “I’d been growing apart from my current cat family….This book helped steer me back on course.” And an animal rescuer wrote, “I cried several times….They are each so very special.”

Each of the cats in Catsong brings its story with it like a gift…from Alexander, the Czar-cat who befriended a child…to Keisha, the blue tortie who was a natural-born healer…to Phoenix, the Ruddy Abyssinian who taught the author about taking leaps of faith. “Humorous, at times tragic, philosophical, educational, and always, the epitome of compassion and understanding about the wonderfulness of cats…this book is a blessing,” writes Rita Reynolds (LAJOIE, BLESSING THE BRIDGE, and ASK THE COW). “Every chapter of this book contains a delightfully vivid word picture of cats being cats,” observes Dr. Caroline Schaffer, veterinarian and assistant professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University. “This is a book that truly honors the relationships among people, cats, and their veterinarians.”

In this updated version, we get to spend more time with Derv, the Grand Old Man; Phoenix and his (literal) sidekick Hawkeye; and the rest of the original gang. But there are some newcomers, too: Iris, the gentle Siamese who becomes a caregiver to her elderly mistress; Circe, the little Blue Abyssinian with a genius for friendship; and Phoebe, the antiques store cat who knows what people need before they do. They’re all here, and so is all the old magic that moved readers the first time round.


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About the Author
T. J. Banks T. J. Banks is the author of Sketch People, A Time for Shadows, Derv & Co., Souleiado, and Houdini, a novel which the late writer Cleveland Amory enthusiastically branded “a winner.” A columnist for, she has received writing awards from the Cat Writers’ Association, ByLine, and The Writing Self.



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