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THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM

How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

by Tucker, Abigail

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still. Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet.

Tucker, an award-winning science writer on staff at Smithsonian, investigates how house cats and human civilization shaped, and continue to shape, each other. She addresses the downfall of the great cats that hunted humans as food for much of prehistory, theories of the origin of cat domestication and Egypt's famous cat culture, including the cat mummies which scientists continue to use for genetic studies. Chapters will cover health and disease, from how cats helped save humans from the Black Death to modern work on toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease spread by cats that some researchers now think is responsible for conditions like schizophrenia. The book will address ecological issues: house cats are a devastatingly invasive species, responsible for some 14 percent of all modern bird and mammal extinctions. It will discuss the psychology of cat ownership -- why some people prefer cats to dogs and vice versa, which countries love cats and why others don't, how culture and gender affects our fondness for cats (or lack thereof), and more. It will discuss modern cat breeders (some of whom have a Frankenstein-like quality), modern cat skeptics (including the bird people who have come to view sparrow-devouring house cats as mortal foes), and end with a discussion of how cats colonized the internet, with the smashing success of LOL Cats and more. A book for cat people, people who know and love cat people, dog people, and anyone who wants to pause and admire the charms of the cold-blooded apex predator that millions of us cuddle every night.

Abigail Tucker was the first ever staff writer for Smithsonian magazine, where she remains a contributor. She previously wrote for The Baltimore Sun. Her work has been featured in the Best American Nature and Science Writing. The first word of both of her daughters was “cat.”

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From mummification to catification, from cat cafes to feline etiquette manuals to the earliest cat shows at the Crystal Palace, Abigail Tucker's enlighteningLion in the Living Roomexplores thedeep history of the connection between cats of all sizes and colors and the humans who adore them.

Quote: Wendy Williams, author

A fresh look at the sphinx-like creature that defies the normal rules of domestication. Abigail Tucker does a humorous, intelligent, and insightfulinvestigation into the genius of cats. A truly wonderful book - and a must read for anyone with a lion in their living room.

Quote: Dr. Brian Hare, author

I recommend this book for cat lovers, cat haters, and anyone curious to learn how these inscrutable creatures crept out of the Fertile Crescent and clawed their way into our hearts. I’ll neverlook at my own fluffy little killing machine in quite the same way again.

Quote: Mara Grunbaum, author

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Quote: Waxman

This book confirmed something I always knew about cats: they're the ones in charge of our relationship. And that's not the toxoplasmosistalking.

Quote: Jim Tews, author

Abigail Tucker provides a clear and detailed view of the facts surrounding the furry felines that share our world. She engages her reader, whether she isdiscussing the history of the possible ways that cats entered our lives to sounding a warning about the types of selective breeding programs that could endangerthe health and well-being of feline companion animals. After reading this book, no one will ever look at a cat the same way.

Quote: Irene Pepperbeg, author

Science fiction writers fantasize about aliens taking over our world. Too late. House cats have already occupied our homes and our hearts, and hunted their way through ecosystemseverywhere.The Lion in the Living Roomdelivers a rich and balanced account of feline world dominion, from their role as agents of species extinction to their “I Can Haz Cheeseburger” triumphon the Internet. You will never look at the beast in your living room the same way again.

Quote: Richard Conniff, author

The Lion in the Living Roomis a remarkable and hilarious journey that tracks cats from solitary, prehistoric carnivores to undisputed world champions of Internet memes. (Sorry, dogs andhuman babies.) Tucker has written a big-hearted book that’s also a deep science dive into our most inscrutable furry companions. You can't help but LOL.

Quote: David Epstein, author

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