The Lion in the Living Room

How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
Product Number: EB00658912
Released: Oct 18, 2016
Business Term: 1 Year
ISBN: #9781476738253
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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A New York Times bestseller about how cats conquered the world and our hearts in this "deep and illuminating perspective on our favorite household companion" (Huffington Post). House cats rule bedrooms and back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, even cyberspace. And unlike dogs, cats offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent mouse-catchers and now pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still. In the "eminently readable and gently funny" (Library Journal, starred review) The Lion in the Living Room, Abigail Tucker travels through world history, natural science, and pop culture to meet breeders, activists, and scientists who've dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats-turned-hunters on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world's biggest celebrities-who just happens to be a cat. "Fascinating" (Richmond Times-Dispatch) and "lighthearted" (The Seattle Times), Tucker shows how these tiny felines have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. A "lively read that pounces back and forth between evolutionary science and popular culture" (The Baltimore Sun), The Lion in the Living Room suggests that we learn that the appropriate reaction to a house cat, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

Author(s): Abigail Tucker
Original Publish Date: Oct 18, 2016

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Author(s): Abigail Tucker
Narrator(s): Arden Hammersmith
Product Number Z100136290
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508228578

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