How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World


“ 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

“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

“Fascinating… Cat lovers, keep watching those cute cat videos online, but back it up with this very serious look at what makes Tabby tick.”—Booklist

“A thoughtful look at the illogical human love of felines.”

Publishers Weekly

“[An] intriguing history… Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are ‘the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best non-fiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.”– Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

“I recommend this book for cat lovers, cat haters, and anyone curious to learn how these mysterious creatures crept out of the Fertile Crescent and clawed their way into our hearts. I’ll never look at my own fluffy killing machine in quite the same way again.” –Mara Grunbaum, author of WTF, EVOLUTION?!


*Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers Selection*

Cats are incredible creatures: they can live anywhere and can eat anything. They can tweak their sleeping schedules and social lives. They outnumber dogs, 3 to 1 worldwide. But unlike dogs (or most any other domesticated animal) cats offer humans no practical benefits. Still they rule our bedrooms, our stoops, back alleys and deserted Artic islands. We feed them, stroke them, clean their litter box. But how did this creature acquire such stature?

Abigail Tucker tell us why: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World (Simon & Schuster; 10/18/16; $26.00) is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts. She visits scientists and cat obsessive to mine the science and subculture of the housecat. She travels to La Brea tar pits to learn about the ancient ancestors: sabretooths, and giant cave lions. She visits a veterinarian, who is breeding leopard-cat hybrids in her basement. She attends a modern cat fancy (the Best in Show for cats) and investigates what a matchless killer does…with endless time indoors.

Tucker herself is the owner of Cheeto, a huge orange feline who once drove away a cat sitter because he so aggressively chased her in pursuit of food. Make no mistake, your sweet pet is a predator; and cats actually drive extinctions, particularly within island ecosystems.

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 beawwbut awe.

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Abigail Tucker is a correspondent forSmithsonianmagazine, where she has covered a wide range of topics from vampire anthropology to bioluminescent marine life to the archaeology of ancient beer. Her work has been featured in the Best America Science and Nature Writing series and recognized by the National Academy of Sciences. Tucker lives in Connecticut. The Lion in the Living Room is her first book.



THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

By Abigail Tucker

Published by Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 9781476738239

E-book: 9781476738253





CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions


Praise for CATWISE:

“Cats are like pieces of art that grace your home and throw up on your laptop, but how we love them, and nobody knows the ways of the mysterious feline any better than Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you are holding this book, be prepared to learn more about cats then you ever could have imagined.”

Cat owner Joseph S. Bonsall,

Member of the American music group

The Oak Ridge Boys

“…to strengthen our bond with our precious feline friends, Pam’s advice is simply the best. As a proud pet parent of three cats, our home is full of purrs, meows, and love thanks to Pam’s wisdom and training methods.”

Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO,

American Humane Society





Why do cats always sit on your newspaper or your child’s homework? Why do cats lick your hair? Isn’t it cruel to keep a cat indoors? These are just a few of the puzzles Pam Johnson-Bennett solves in CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions (A Penguin Paperback Original; On sale: October 18; $18.00; 9780143129561) the definitive guide to every question you’ve had about your cat―all one-hundred and fifty of them.

In CATWISE Johnson-Bennett explains with insight and experience why cats do what they do, and where they do it, and how we can get them to stop. CATWISE will help you to solve your cat’s behavioral problem, prevent problems from the beginning in the first place, or simply improve the relationship you already have with your cat. Using her trademark approach, “think like a cat,” Pam shows you how to understand all those seemingly inexplicable habits and sudden shifts of mood.

Here is a sample of some topics covered in CATWISE:

  • What should we do the first night we bring our new cat home?
  • Can I train a cat?
  • How do I give my cat a pill?
  • How do I train a cat to use its litter box?
  • What if my cat stops using the litter box?
  • Why does my cat come up only to my friends who are allergic to cats?
  • How do I prepare a cat for the arrival of a new baby?
  • What’s the best way to introduce dogs and cats?

Pam’s thirty years of observing and advising all inform this idea-filled volume that spans litter boxes to cat trees, declawing to sock-chewing. Organized thematically by topic and question, this authoritative, comprehensive resource offers proven methods to solve your cat’s behavior problems (or head them off before they start) so that you can focus on creating a happy and safe home for all its inhabitants.

About the Author:

Pam Johnson-Bennett is one of the most popular and sought-after cat behavior experts in the world. She is the author of seven award-winning books on cat behavior, including Think Like a Cat, Hiss and Tell, Starting from Scratch, and Cat vs. Cat. She has a private cat-consulting practice in Nashville, appears on Animal Planet UK and Canada, and lectures on cat behavior at veterinary and animal welfare conferences around the world. She’s been featured on CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox & Friends, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. Print profiles includeWall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Womans World, Newsweek, Prevention, USA Today, Family Circle, Complete Woman, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, USA Weekend, Washington Post, andParade. She was VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and founded the IAABC Cat Division. Pam served on the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training. She lives in Nashville, TN. To learn more visit

CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions

by Pam Johnson-Bennett

A Penguin Paperback Original ▪ $18.00 ▪ On-sale date: October 18, 2016 ▪ ISBN:9780143129561

Also available as an e-book

Penguin Random House ( is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.


"This the pick of the litter"
- US Weekly

One of the 10 best crowdfunded literary projects

- The Guardian UK

“...real, sometimes darkly hilarious”
- The Huffington Post

All Black Cats Are Not Alike

by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle

ISBN: 978-1-4521-5871-6

6 x 6 in, 120 pp, full-color illustrations throughout,
jacketed hardcover




In January 2015 Amy Goldwasser and her partner Peter Arkle launched a humble Kickstarter campaign to realize their dream of publishing a book that spotlighted how black cats, including their own Mimi Goldsparkle, were distinctively different, despite looking similar to the casual observer. The campaign was an overwhelming success, exceeding its financial goal and garnering accolades from media outlets around the world. Now, Chronicle Books brings All Black Cats Are Not Alike to cat-lovers of all sorts.

The book’s appeal is simple: a pitch-perfect, giftable illustrated book that proves its assertion by diving whiskers-first into the unique personality, charisma, and character of 50 real all-black cats. From Alfie, who “has no tolerance for wet humans or being ignored,” to Sashi, who “enjoys freeze-dried chicken by candlelight and full-on body rubs,” each cat comes to life through a lovingly hand-drawn portrait and quick-witted profile. Delightfully quirky and utterly charming, this motley crew of black cats will win over anyone with a dry sense of humor.

About the Authors

Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle share a home, an office (Studio Goldsparkle) and two cats in New York. Amy is an editor and writer from Detroit. Peter is an illustrator and Scottish.

Black Cat Day is October 27th!

About Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit

"If you love your dog, this is the most important book you'll ever read.” —Jane Velez-Mitchell, New York Times–bestselling author, Editor,
What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?
And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas
By Patti Lawson
Recipient of the Maxwell Award for Dog Humor Book of the year (Dog Writer’s Association) for her first book,
The Dog Diet.
Ten years ago, the term “animal law” hardly existed: it wasn’t used by lawyers, judges, courts, or even animal rights associations. Today, animal law is well-recognized, with both the American and Canadian bar associations devoting full chapters to the subject. If you are one of the 56.7 million American households with at least one dog, how can you be sure that you know all the laws that apply to your furry family members?
What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over? (Skyhorse Publishing; September 2016; 978-1-5107-1153-2; $24.99) is a witty, informative, and no-nonsense look at the everyday situations and issues—and their legal consequences—that affect dogs and their owners. Dished up with a good deal of humor, heart, and pragmatic counsel, every chapter covers a different issue that dogs and their pet parents may face at some time.

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Author Patti Lawson presents these issues conversationally—not couched in legalese—so every pet parent, grandparent, or sibling will know what to expect. With real-life stories and real court cases, this book covers topics people rarely think to ask about or research—until it’s too late:
 Fighting city hall when a dog runs afoul of the law
 The rights of pet parents to take their dogs on public transportation
 Providing for a canine companion after an owner’s death
 Keeping custody of their pet should they divorce or separate
 Confiscation of a pet by a humane officer if they violate a city ordinance
 Housing rights and those of their dog
 Breed-specific legislation
This is the go-to guide for keeping your pooch out of the pound and you out of court. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun to read!
About the Author
Patti Lawson is an award-winning author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and public speaker. Patti’s first book, The Dog Diet: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress, and Getting a New Leash on Life, won the Dog Writer’s Association of America Maxwell Award for Dog Humor Book. In 2012, Patti was awarded the AKC Responsible Pet Ownership Public Service Award. She lives in Elkview, West Virginia, with her dogs Sadie and Rusty.
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What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?
And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas
By Patti Lawson
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover
September 2016 978-1-5107-1153-2 ǀ $24.99

Founder of the Popular Blog The Conscious Cat, 
Ingrid King 
Offers Cat Influenced Lessons on How to Live a Joyful and Inspired Life, 
In Brand New Book
Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style

“Ingrid King brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell”
Ingrid King explores our relationships with cats by combining her professional expertise with compassionate insights into how cats can inspire, soothe and even help heal us. In Purrs of Wisdom (Mango Media; June 2016; $14.95; Paperback ISBN: 978-1633532892), King artfully delivers pearls of wisdom celebrating all our relationships, feline, human or otherwise.
In Purrs of Wisdom, Ingrid King reveals to readers that their cats are sensitive creatures who pick up on their emotions, and therefore there is a direct correlation between their emotions and their cat’s. Her “purrs of wisdom” featured throughout the book appeal to readers who are in search of a better life. Ingrid breaks the insights into four categories in the book: practical, spiritual, transformational, and philosophical “purrs of wisdom.” Some of the topics discussed in the book are:
  • The Benefits of Stretching;
  • 7 Habits of Happy Cats and Humans;
  • The Value of Doing Nothing;
  • How to be Content;
  • When Work Becomes Play;
  • Take Time for Yourself;
  • Random Acts of Kindness; and
  • Accepting What Is.

The book is perfect for cat lovers looking to improve their lives with the help of their feline companion. 

About the Author
Ingrid King is the award-winning author of Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master TeacherPurrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline StyleAdventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself and Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude and publisher of the multiple award-winning blog The Conscious Cat. Her site is a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans. Ingrid lives in Northern Virginia with her tortoiseshell cats Allegra and Ruby, who also serve as editorial assistants and occasional contributors to The Conscious Cat. For more information about Ingrid, please visit
About Mango Media
Mango Media is headquartered in Coral Gables, FL and partners with top-rated YouTubers, Instagrammers and bloggers to publish book titles of different genres. The company’s innovative business model is seeking to transform publishing into more of a level creative playing field where dynamic and new authors emerge from social media.


The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog

By New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Arnold
On Sale August 23rd, 2016

From the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog’s Eyes—the inspiration for the PBS documentary—comes a paradigm-shifting bond-based approach to strengthening our connection with our four-legged best friends.

Dogs are social geniuses, second only to humans in their ability to read and understand emotion. Jennifer Arnold understands this better than anyone, having spent the past 25 years training service dogs for people with disabilities at her non-profit organization, Canine Assistants. She is a pioneer in the emerging field of "bond-based" teaching, and her methods are causing a sea change in the dog world. Arnold believes that obedience training and commands like "sit," "stay," and "heel" are unnecessary and counterproductive-- they're actually the root of anxiety and behavior problems in our dogs. Instead, she maintains that only one thing is necessary for a successful relationship with your dog: a secure bond.
    Arnold's methodology, Bond-Based Choice Teaching (R), is based on the latest in canine neuroscience. It holds that dogs are social learners, and once they've bonded with us they become experts at reading our signals, and can learn to make good decisions for themselves. Arnold's signature "teach don't train" philosophy leaves outdated reward and punishment methods behind in favor of a model that will revolutionize your relationship with your dog.



“Transformative . . . [Arnold] shares her methodology and stories of canine intelligence, sensitivity, language comprehension, and prescience bordering on telepathy. . . . Along

the way, she emphasizes choice-based, positive-reinforcement-only teaching methods

and shares valuable insights that every dog owner should know. Engagingly written

with a perfect balance of science and observation, this book . . . is a worthy

tribute to our canine friends.”

 Publishers Weekly

“Arnold’s voice is assertive with experience—her insights into working with dogs are hard-won after years of close interaction. … The author’s storehouse of anecdotal evidence is telling and entertaining, and her demolition of various alpha-model and negative-reinforcement teaching techniques is thorough and lofty.”

Kirkus Reviews

"Through vivid, memorable, moving stories, Jennifer Arnold provides a scientific argument for what dog lovers everywhere already know: Dogs love, dogs trust, dogs

sense, dogs feel. And they deserve to be treated accordingly. This book’s message

is simply the truth." 

Sara Gruen, author ofWater for Elephants

“There can be no doubt Jennifer Arnold knows her stuff when it comes to training dogs.”



JENNIFER ARNOLD is the founder of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school based in Milton, Georgia and the creator of the Bond-Based Approach® to interspecies relationships. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Dog's Eyes, which was the subject of a PBS documentary, and In a Dog's Heart. Jennifer lives in Milton, Georgia with her husband, veterinarian Kent Bruner, son Chase, four dogs, two cats, and a myriad of other animals.






LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED by Jennifer Arnold

A Spiegel & Grau Hardcover | On Sale 8/23/16 | ISBN: 9780812996173 | eBook: 9780812996180| $24.00 | 208 Pages

“A provocative account of the latest developments in evolutionary biology.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Richard C. Francis’s DOMESTICATED: Evolution in a Man-Made World [W. W. Norton & Company; July 19, 2016; $17.95 paperback].

Since that fateful day when the first wolf decided to stay close to human hunters, humans and their various animal companions have thrived far beyond nearly all wild species on earth. Tameness is the key trait in the domestication of cats, dogs, horses, cows, and other mammals, from rats to reindeer. Surprisingly, with selection for tameness comes a suite of seemingly unrelated alterations, including floppy ears, skeletal and coloration changes, and sex differences. It’s a package deal known as the domestication syndrome, elements of which area also found in humans. Our highly social nature—one of the keys to our evolutionary success—is due to our own tameness. In DOMESTICATED, Richard C. Francis weaves history and anthropology with cutting-edge ideas in genomics and evo devo to tell the story of how we domesticated the world, and ourselves in the process. 
“An essential read for anyone interested in the stories of the animals in our home or on our plate.”
BBC Focus
“Intriguing. . . Our self-domestication, [Francis] avers, has driven the cultural dynamism that has made us what we are.”
Richard C. Francis is a science journalist with a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Stony Brook University. He is the author of the acclaimed books Epigenetics and Why Men Won’t Ask for Directions.

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Special Guests -Richard C. Francis Author of DOMESTICATED Evolution in a Man-Made World will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/13/16 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his book

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Wombacher, a San Francisco Bay Area–based dog trainer, has seen too many dog owners feel forced to choose baby over dog and has created a doable process to make this difficult choice unnecessary. And yes, doable means that the busiest of expectant parents can easily incorporate these practices pre-birth.


An estimated 40 percent of American households, or 75 million, are now home to at least one dog. As the social status of dogs had changed (and let’s get real, they’ve transitioned from the backyard to the bedrooms of most homes over the past 50 years) there is an increasing body of information that illustrates the many health benefits of a loving relationship with man’s best friend.


Studies show that children who have dogs are less narcissistic and possess greater, authentic self-esteem and empathy than children who don’t. Children with dogs tend to be more active and are less likely to suffer from chronic childhood obesity. When well-integrated, dogs and children make fantastic companions.


The only tears that should come with welcoming a baby into the home should be tears of joy – not tears associated with a difficult decision that could have been prevented especially if the owners had access to a series of simple strategies designed to prepare the dog for the new arrival. In Good Dog, Happy Baby, Wombacher lays out a twelve-step process that will give families the skills they need to navigate this new era of their lives. These skills include:


  • How to evaluate your dog and identify potential problems long before your child arrives
  • How to resolve common behavioral problems such as barking, counter surfing, object guarding, door crashing, jumping up, overprotectiveness, fearfulness, separation anxiety, and much more.
  • How to be sure your dog understands his place in the pack.
  • How to teach your dog to build positive associations with the presence of your child, while at the same time to exhibit acceptable behaviors and to become more closely integrated into your pack. (continued)
  • How to avoid fostering a competitive dynamic between your dog and your new baby.
  • How to decide if a dog’s dangerous behavioral problems are so severe that you should consider rehoming.


“From a great deal of practical experience, I know that the actions outlined in Good Dog, Happy Baby work. The essential trick is taking the time to do them — sooner rather than later, ” Wombacher says.

Dog trainer Michael Wombacher has performed tens of thousands of private behavioral consultations. He also lectures, teaches classes, runs a small boarding and training operation, and trains other trainers. His approach focuses on working with, rather than overriding, a dog’s natural drives and instincts. He lives in Oakland, California. His website is


Atglen, PA—Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Senior Dogs Across America by Nancy LeVine. Anyone who has ever loved a dog, young or old, will warm to this stirring tribute to our best animal friends. Award-winning photographer Nancy LeVine has traveled the length and breadth of America—from Kauai to Martha’s Vineyard, from Seattle to Natchez—to meet and photograph some of our most endearing senior canine citizens. These gallant companions ride on our tractors, doze on our couches, happy to be in our company. They remind us of the best in ourselves, and as they lose their vigor and youth, they reflect our own inevitable aging with
courage and calm. Nancy’s photographs perfectly capture the enduring appeal of these elderly dignified beings in the places where they belong—all across
America. As “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, says, “These images can make you laugh, cry, and simply feel the nobility of elder dogs.” Nancy LeVine is an award-winning photographer who has traveled worldwide on a variety of assignments. Her project “Senior Dogs Across America” has
been featured on The Today Show and a number of blogs around the world, including the New York Times LENS Blog, BBC, and Lens Culture. The Bark magazine has presented this work. A solo show of these photographs opened at the Houston Center for Photography in 2012. Nancy completed her MA
degree at NYU/ICP. She currently works on assignment in New York and Seattle.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of highquality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal,
and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.
Visit to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.Book DETAILS
ISBN13: 9780764351112
Size: 12” x 9”
Illustrations: 84 color photos
Page Count: 128 pp
Binding: hard cover
Price: $29.99Advanced Praise for Senior Dogs Across America:
Photographer Nancy LeVine shares portraits of
endearing elderly canines in her new book Senior
Dogs Across America—which remind us of the
lessons that are often learned with some age.
These images never cease to put a smile on my
face and bring tears to my eyes. Like with any good
portrait, the personalities of these elderly dogs
shine through each frame.
—Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot
Nancy’s extraordinary images result from her
ability to connect with each subject to elicit a
personal response as well as her very insightful
choice of the environment for each portrait.
The result is an image with both very appealing
aesthetics and very strong content.
—Frazier King, Board Member, Houston Center
for Photography

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