Fans of our Saturday columnist, Idaho journalist Bill Hall, know that he’s a cat lover (photographed here with Annie Rose). Over the years, he’s delighted readers with the lessons learned from having these mysterious, sometimes maddening beings in his life.
Now Hall has a sweet book out full of new, cat-related essays, “Cat Butler: In the Service of Her Majesty the Pussycat.” They have titles like, “Why bossy people hate cats, and vice versa,” “Sheldon the Ripper” and “When do you pull the plug on a friend?”
Hall knows I’m a fellow felinophile and sent me a copy inscribed, “To Cheryl and the girls from the Cat Butler.” The girls are Sasha and Ninja, adopted five years ago from the Humane Society.
“Nothing else I have written in my career has produced half as much favorable reader response as my columns on those hairy little creatures,” Bill writes. “Readers have been after me for years to write an entire book of cat yarns. I hereby knuckle under and obey, which is something a cat won’t do.”