The first ever illustrated history of the world's most noble species from prehistoric times to present day as told by the cats who lived it.
Dr. Paul Koudounaris has a PhD in art history from UCLA and an international speaking career, and he is one of the world's most popular historians of the eccentric, ephemeral, and macabre. A beloved fixture in the cat appreciation community, he is annually a speaker at the world's largest cat convention, CatCon, with more than 20,000 attendees. Vice, LA Weekly, Brooklyn Paper, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal have all covered Dr. Koudounaris's cat-related scholarship and photography.
[A] charming, funny, and informative history of cats . . . full
of fascinating historical anecdotes [and] hilarious color photos of
Baba in various costumes and wings. . . . Even cat aficionados will
learn something new--and have fun doing it.
--Publishers Weekly Almost certainly the most unique cat history book ever published. . . . Cats have now firmly established themselves as pop culture icons and favorite pets. But in Koudounaris' view, they still have much to say, if only we give them the chance.
--Smithsonian Magazine A Cat's Tale chronicles the powerful and ancient influence of cats throughout (and upon) history. This is already a standout premise--but what elevates this book into the stratosphere of literary greatness are the dozens of portraits of Baba in elaborate historic regalia.
--BookPage, Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2020 Baba is a true triple threat--model, writer, and incisive cultural historian. Her work deserves its place in the pantheon of feline literary greats.
--Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? "Baba--ably assisted by his amanuensis, Paul Koudounaris--introduces us to a rich cast of feline characters from the past. A Cat's Tale is an exquisitely crafted love letter to all things feline. And it is precisely the kind of delightful distraction that the world so desperately needs."
--Lindsey Fitzharris, bestselling author of The Butchering Art and PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Winner A historical chronicle of our beloved felis catus and proof that cats are--and always have been--superior creatures in every way since the dawn of time. It is a true purr de force.
--Susan Michals, creator of CatCon and Cat Art Show and author of Walter Chandoha. Cats. Photographs, 1942-2018