Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte
How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home

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Bob Tarte had his first encounter with a cat when he was two and a half years old. He should have learned his lesson then, from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.” In this tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six—including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie—Tarte confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements to the placement and furriness of their furniture. But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs.

With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Tarte shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love—and catnip.
 

About Bob Tarte

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Bob Tarte wrote for "The Beat" magazine for twenty years. He has also written for the "New York Times", the "Boston Globe", the "Miami New Times, " the "Whole Earth Review", and other publications. He hosts the "What Were You Thinking? "podcast for petliferadio.com. He and his wife Linda live in Lowell, Michigan, and currently serve the whims of parrots, ducks, geese, parakeets, a rabbit, doves, hens, one turkey, and way too many cats.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 305 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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A journalist by day, Tarte (Fowl Weather, 2007, etc.) has also entertained animal lovers for years with humorous tales from the veritable zoo of animals with whom he and his wife, Linda, share their Michigan home.

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When new cat Frannie—a “wild child from the woods”—arrives, things are taken to a “whole new level of catdom.” Loosely arranged according to the chronology of Frannie’s entry into the family, the chapters in this loving but tedious book are essentially a series of vignettes about se...

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Bob Tarte is back to regale readers with more hilarious pet stories in his third and funniest book so far, Kitty Cornered.

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How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home.

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You don’t have to love cats to enjoy this book, but it helps.

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