I received The Big New Yorker Book of Cats in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats is a coffee table book filled with cat stories written in the unmistakable style of The New Yorker magazine. While cat people will likely find the stories charming, there is no denying their ingrained pretentiousness. This is a book that seems like a wonderful gift to give to bookish cat folk like myself, but may not be worth the bother.
The stories in The Big New Yorker Book of Cats are varied, with different tones employed by writers. However, they are, in trueNew Yorker fashion, laughably overwritten and yet still quite endearing stories. While I wouldn't pay a cent for it, this was an interesting enough diversion, although I could not stick it out for more than one story at a stretch.
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats is a somewhat stilted and somehow sweet coffee table book. Cat people who enjoy The New Yorker may enjoy it. However, I highly doubt this book has wide appeal.
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