Queer Icons and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi and PJ Nastasi
People looking for a niche book that will each them a little bit a bout a bunch of queer folks, and also has pictures of cats.
In a nutshell:
The title pretty much sums it up.
Why I chose it:
My partner read it, and it looked pretty adorable. Also, cats!
What it left me feeling:
This is a tiny little coffee table-style book. It’s only about 100 pages and maybe 45 people are featured. There’s a photo of the person with a cat, and then a brief biography about the person. It’s pretty straightforward, however …
It’s not actually about people and THEIR cats. I’d say a good half of these folks just happened to be photographed with a cat once, or maybe adopted a cat at some point. Only a few of the feature people are like Freddy Mercury, who were definitely very much into their cats. That’s fine – the point is really to learn about the individuals, not their cats, but the book title seems to be a bit misleading.
That aside, I did enjoy learning about lots of queer folks who I was not familiar with, ranging across the past hundred years or so. Some people (like Mercury) are ones most people know about, but there were also older authors and overall queer pioneers that I’d never heard of. So that was cool.
Recommend to a Friend / Keep / Donate it / Toss it:
Keep – because again, cats!