A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
Drawings by Wendy McNaughton
As the book opens the author has just been involved in a horrific plane crash and wakes up in the hospital. When the doctors say that her tibia and fibia are broken and her ankle is crushed like potato chips all she can think of are her cats ‘Tibby’ aka Tibia and ‘Fibby’ aka Fibia. She spends many months recovering and during that time Tibby disappears for 5 weeks. She is not only in a lot of pain and severely depressed due to her injury but when Tibby goes on his extended ‘walkabout’ she is heartbroken. One day Tibby does come back and is none the worse for wear – in fact, he has actually gained weight. This piques the curiosity of the author and her girlfriend on “Where has Tibby been?” Through a GPS device small enough to fit on the wandering feline’s collar as well as other high- and low-tech ways they learn that her cat is not at all what he seems to be.
Thoroughly engaging and funny, the book is illustrated with adorable drawings. The author pokes fun at herself throughout the book and I laughed at her antics of searching for knowledge of the feline brain. If you love cats, this is the book for you. If you don’t love cats, then after reading this book, you will love cats. As the author says, “Sooner or later everyone becomes a cat lover.”
The True Tails of Baker and Taylor
The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town…and the World
Jan Louch with Lisa Rogak
Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2016
We love books about cats and this is book is no exception. Baker and Taylor are two Scottish Fold cats who were welcomed into the loving arms of the County Public Library in Minden, Nevada. The author, Jan Louch, was their primary caregiver but they were well loved by the many people they met and by many more thousands they never met.
Their story starts with a new library building that was built next to a “highway for field mice” and the librarian and Jan thought of bringing in a cat to help keep the mice away from the precious books. They chose a Scottish Fold whose name was McLean’s Clint Eastwood but eventually changed it to Baker, after the company who supplied the books for the library (Baker & Taylor). They had their hearts set on a second cat and with a little bit of serendipity, another cat, Taylor, joined them. From there the cats, the library and Ms Louch began a 15-year journey that would be life-changing for many hearts.
I truly loved this book; it is very well written, transitioning between life before, during and after the cats. There is a lot of funny–laugh-out-loud antics of Baker and Taylor as they claim their kingdom. There is heartwarming—Mr. Figini’s story meant a lot to me. And, without a doubt, as with any true story of cats and, because all good things must end, there is sadness. I admit to shedding a few tears over the passing the beloved Library Cats. But please, don’t let that dissuade you from reading this book. True Tails is a combination of all the things I love in a book – a great story, deeply felt emotions, characters I fall in love with and above all, heart-lifting.
Disclaimer: we received this book free to read and review. However, that did not influence our opinion of the book.
This review is posted on Library of Cats book review blog as well!! It is written under the non de plume “Jack.”