The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker

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Read The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World Online Free - “By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best nonfiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction

“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.” B&N Reads

“Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker’s blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.” —Library Journal (starred review)

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

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.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the 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 on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

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. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

Title : The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
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ISBN : 1476738238
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


karen rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2017

A house cat is not really a fur baby, but it is something rather more remarkable: a tiny conquistador with the whole planet at its feet. House cats could not exist without humans, but we didn't really create them, nor do we control them now. Our relationship is less about ownership than aiding an...

abby rated it ★★★★☆

May 30, 2017

Don't be fooled. Your precious Fuzzykins is a barely-domesticated hypercarnivore who is probably hypnotizing you with its parasite tainted urine-- when not busy hunting endangered species into extinction. Hmmm. I might need a bit more convincing. "Many cat lovers, pondering their blind devotion to...

Emma rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2016

This more was even more fascinating than I had imagined when I read the blurb. For wont of a better word, most cat books are somewhat...fluffy. The theme is usually 'oh, they're so cute' and believe me when I say that I can get behind that attitude, I have three cats after all, but this book take...

Rebecca rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2017

The amazing cat book I’d been looking for! This is a fascinating interdisciplinary look at how the domestic cat has taken over the world – both literally and figuratively. A writer for Smithsonian magazine, Tucker writes engaging, accessible popular science. The closest comparison I can make, sty...

Dorie rated it ★★★☆☆

September 29, 2016

This was an interesting book, I thought it was going to be something different than what it turned out to be. This book has a lot, a very lot, of information regarding the domestication of cats, where it started, how it spread etc etc. She takes us back to the origin of cats, back to Anatolia, ca...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 16, 2016

I was excited about this book when I first heard about it because it sounded like it would be really interesting for cat lovers. I liked it at first, but it lost me pretty quickly. I felt like the book had a pretty negative tone over all, and her point seemed to be that we shouldn't really be kee...

Todd rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2017

Cat owners laugh about being owned by their pets, but there might be some truth to the sentiment. One of the reasons cats have been so successful as a species is that they’ve been able to get humans to feed and care for them despite the fact that they don’t really have much to offer in return (ex...

Lynn rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 12, 2017

2.5 stars. This is not the fluffy, cuddly book I thought it would be. When the author kept stressing that cats are are an "invasive species", I knew I was in for a rough read. Although she does use some wit and humor to temper her writing, this is a very dry read and way too scientific. There is...

Caroline rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2016

I'm a cat-owner, always have been. I love dogs but I've never owned one, always had cats. And I love my little fur-babies, but reading this book did make me side-eye them a little bit, as they dozed beside me in the warm spot next to the radiator, fluffy belly up, paws crocked, snuffling in their...

Jess rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2017

This wasn't quite what I expected. For some reason, I thought it would be more pop sciencey and less about parasites. Still, it was fairly interesting, even if a lot of it doesn't jive with my individual experiences as a cat person. I found the part about cats really not wanting another cat for co...

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