We share our lives with a multitude of creatures, but, for the most part, we drift along separately. but here Janet Lembke explores the dynamic relationships between human beings and nonhuman species. Readers are called on to reflect on our interactions with cats, turtles, mice, house wrens and house sparrows, bees, snails and slugs, groundhogs, chickens, and more, more, more. With all of these, we share consciousness, the ability to make choices, exercise awareness, and seek pleasure while shunning pain.
Janet gives an overview of the book:
Sophie looks like a cloud of sooty gray smoke. She's long-haired and spooky, with ice-cold eyes. And she's needy. A family living cater-cornered across the street adopted and named her several years ago, along with a skittish, coal-black cat that they dubbed Malcolm. My neighbors keep bowls of food and water on their front porch. They also went so far as to trap both cats and cart them to the vet for an examination and the appropriate shots. Malcolm was neutered, but, as it happened, Sophie had already been spayed. Once upon a time, she'd been somebody's darling. Occasionally, she goes inside the neighbors' house but soon thereafter returns to her chosen domain, the street, which she cases daily, strolling uphill and down again, sun, rain, or snow, until she feels a need to nap. Then, any porch will do, though she seems to prefer porches with cushioned chairs. One day, to my surprise, she introduced herself to me with a soft meow and a territorial rub against one of my porch pillars. I held out a hand, and-oh my!-claiming it, she allowed me to stroke her. Beneath the cloud of hair, she is little more than skin and bones. No meat on her, but from deep within, she produced a purr.
1962 Writer and Literary Translator. Now working on a memoir, I Married an.
to Arsonist, to be published by Skyhorse.
present > Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why It Matters.
Skyhorse Publishing, 2008....