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Author Bob Tarte

Bob Tarte, Maynard & Frannie

Bob Tarte, Maynard & Frannie

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    Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats

    Michigan author Bob Tarte writes books about his pets, including his latest Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home.

    Bob had his first encounter with a cat when he was two-and-a-half years old. He should have learned his lesson then from Fluffy. But as he says, “I listened to my heart instead, and that always leads to trouble.”

    Bob Tarte and his wife Linda live on the edge of a shoe-sucking, mink-infested swamp near the West Michigan village of Lowell. When not fending off mosquitoes during temperate months and chipping ice out of plastic wading pools in the depths of winter, Bob writes books about his pets.

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    In Kitty Cornered, a tell-all of how the Tarte household grew from one recalcitrant cat to six – including a hard-to-manage stray named Frannie – Bob confesses to allowing these interlopers to shape his and his wife Linda’s life, from their dining habits to their sleeping arrangements, and to the placement and furriness of their furniture.

    But more than that, Bob begins seeing Frannie and the other cats as unlikely instructors in the art of achieving contentment, even in the face of illness and injury. Bewitched by the unknowable nature of domesticated cats, he realizes that sometimes wildness and mystery are exactly what he needs.

    With the winning humor and uncanny ability to capture the soul of the animal world that made Enslaved by Ducks a success, Bob shows us that life with animals gives us a way out of our narrow human perspective to glimpse something larger, more enduring, and more grounded in the simplicities of love – and catnip.

    Elizabeth Letts, author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, says, "This book is for anyone who has ever fallen in love with an unlikely animal, for anyone who can't look the other way when an animal is in need. Kitty Cornered is laugh out loud funny, but it's also profound."

    Kirkus Reviews calls Kitty Cornered “A funny, pleasing read for cat lovers of any age... Particularly moving is the author’s self-assessment of his dynamic relation with his cats, as he depicts each with the care typically reserved for a beloved.