I absolutely adore The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Aside from the from that fact that it combines two of my great loves, cats, and New York City, into one beautiful book, it’s everything a special cat book should be.

This beautifully illustrated collection is a celebration of cats. The book features articles, poems and humor pieces by such literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Roald Dahl, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, E. B. White, and many, many more. And of course, it also contains plenty of the New Yorker’s signature cartoons and drawings.

My absolute favorite part are the full color renditions of past New Yorker covers featuring cats, like the one below, which I am now looking to find as an art print, I love it that much.


The book is divided into four sections – Fat cats, Alley cats, Cat Fanciers, and Curious Cats. The cats in the stories range from book store cats to a cat who received a kidney transplant to stray cats. This is not a book you read from cover to cover, each piece needs to be savored, and, given the pedigree of the contributors, you know you’re in for a treat.

This gorgeous book has earned a permanent spot on my coffee table. It is an absolute joy to read and browse through, and I know it will bring me hours and hours of pleasure for years to come. And it makes a purr-fect gift for the special cat lovers in your life.

Enter to win a copy of The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

The publisher has generously offered one copy of this gorgeous book for one lucky winner!

To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. Please do not post the link to your share. This giveaway is only open to readers in the United States, and ends Friday, November 22. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

87 Comments on Review and Giveaway: The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

  1. Oh Yes! This is THE Best! I love everything New Yorker…books & magazine. And I so miss “my” NYC living. Sigh~ Thank you Ingrid for the chance to win this beautiful gift.

  2. My cats enjoy curling up to a good book, especially while I’m trying to read it. They’d absolutely love this one. And so would their human.

  3. I know that my human will put this one on her list to Santa! The cover you featured is really pawsome, especially the colors and of course, the cat and NYC!

  4. Everything about this book screams ME!
    I love books, art, poetry, & of course CATS. I have 7 cats of my own.
    This book encompasses everything I love.

  5. I adore The New Yorker Book of Cats, it’s such fun to flip through and to read. Thank you very much for this giveaway.

    I love that some of my favorite authors contribute wonderful anecdotes, poems etc. about cats. The book is a wonderful celebration of cats which is the best part of it. I love the cover you included in your post. I hope you can find it life size to frame. The covers are a favorite feature of mine.

    I could list many more reasons why I’d love to win this book but I’d be here all day…neither one of us needs that!

    Thank you!
    Aimala127 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

  6. I would love to win this. I have been a fan of the New Yorker cartoons since I was little. And I love the cats. Thank-you for the opportunity to win this.

  7. I would love to win this book! Having our cat choose us has changed both my hubby and me, neither of us had a cat in the house before (I had farm cats years ago), and the depths of the love we feel for him is amazing!

  8. This is beautiful! Ingrid, you can buy the prints if you go to the! They have a beautiful black cat picture but I was hoping they have a tortie cover as well 🙂

  9. Oh my god! I was just drooling over this book at Books-A-Million the other day but when I looked at the price I had to put it back down since it was way out of my budget range.

    I would so love to have this book.

  10. I would love to win this book, I just saw it for sale on! I love to collect and read cat books particularly fine art and drawings of cats! I have a couple of New Yorker postcards which feature cats, they are so funny I had to frame them instead of mailing them out lol. I’d love to see the ones I’ve never seen before in this book! :))

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