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“Bad Cat” by Jim Edgar. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate this hilarious collection of cat photographs. Each kitty is captured in a not-so-Kodak moment; the accompanying captions are mostly amusing, and the really funny ones will have readers laughing out loud.

“December Birds” by Chris Olander, illustrations by Amber Whooley. A starkly beautiful collection by a local poet and his collaborating artist. This book is for anyone who loves birds, nature, poetry or gorgeous pen-and-ink renderings of our feathered friends and avian allies.

“Cat’s Eyewitness” by Rita Mae Brown. There are several writers in the crime-solving kitty genre, but Rita Mae’s are the best. In her latest mystery, a statue of the Virgin Mary weeps bloody tears and a monk is found murdered and frozen like a popsicle. As usual, it’s up to the heroine Harry to solve the case (with help, as always, from two cats and a corgi).



“Animals In Translation” by Temple Grandin. Striking and uncommon, an entertaining study of how animals think. The author has autism and a Ph.D, a combination which creates an amazing viewpoint and a book that is both thorough and thought-provoking.

“Furry Logic Parenthood” by Jane Seabrook. The second adorable “Furry Logic” book features expressive animal portraits captioned with humorous words of wisdom that will resonate with every parent. This charming little book is a great gift, especially for new moms and dads.




“Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance” by Martin Gurdon. This book is part how-to, part memoir, completely unexpected and very entertaining.

“Nop’s Trials” by Donald McCaig. Reviewers call this “one of the greatest dog stories ever written.” Nop is a border collie, and the story tells of the absolute devotion between a man and his dog. A must read for all dog lovers.

“The Cat Who Came In From the Cold” by Jeffrey Masson. Full of heartfelt emotion and whimsical perception. A fable with a moral for cat lovers and humanists alike.

“Kat Kong” by Dav Pilkey. A hilarious farce which will become a family favorite. After being captured on a far-away island, a huge, evil kitty escapes and terrorizes a town of friendly mice (a la King Kong style, complete with Fay Wray). Parents will love the clever parody; kids will love the pure silliness of Kat Kong.

“Suburban Safari” (A Year on the Lawn) by Hannah Holmes. An eloquent look at the astonishing persistence of nature. Illuminating and compelling, this book captures a strong feeling that nature will not be denied nor relegated to tidily mown parks. Even in the heart of city suburbia, nature is lurking, messy and wild.

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Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.


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