October 13, 2010

Review: They Had Me At Meow: Tails of Love From the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow

Author Rosie Sorenson was virtually disabled when she first met the
homeless cats featured in her book, They Had Me at Meow: Tails of Love
from the Homeless Cats of Buster Hollow. 

Suffering from chronic fatigue and pain brought on by a car accident and
subsequent surgeries, the author found that the homeless cats of Buster
Hollow in northern California provided her with fun, love, engagement, and an increasingly powerful sense of purpose. In short, they helped transform her life. 

Today, the former psychotherapist and health care administrator is an
award-winning writer and cat advocate. “Because of these kitties,” notes
Sorenson, “I’ve discovered my love for writing. I started writing stories
about them and after getting several published, I decided to write a book.”

They Had Me at Meow features essays and endearing color photographs of Sweetie Pie, Blackberry, Buster, Turtleman, and other beloved cats. Both funny and poignant, the book reflects Sorenson’s tremendous affection and concern for homeless cats. As her sweetheart Steve notes about her, “You can’t help yourself. You have no boundaries when it comes to cats.” 

“He’s right,” Sorenson admits. The good news is, her lack of boundaries is touching heads and hearts alike, and the acclaim is pouring in. They Had Me at Meow recently received the international Cat Writers’ Association MuseTM Medallion Award.

For Sorenson, this gratifying news supports her overriding goal: to increase awareness about homeless cats as well as raise funds for their care. To that end, her book contains helpful Resources and Q & A sections that will go a long way toward helping others help cats.

From press release

As an animal lover, this book was a must read.  There aren't very many people who truly understand the beauty of having a four-legged companion.  When my husband was in Afghanistan, Reese (my dog) helped me through some really stressful times.  I adored this book for several reasons, most importantly because Rosie understands the beauty of loving an animal.  They Had Me at Meow is well written and full of heart.  The perfect read for people who have animals that are more than pets, they are part of the family.

They Had Me at Meow by Rosie Sorenson
$15.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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  1. It's hard not love animals... cats and dogs. They are my grandkids for now.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  2. It's nice to see that during tough times people can turn to animals/pets instead of something more destructive

  3. All of my animals are rescues. Right now, I have 4 cats, one of them was abused so badly, after 7 years of having her, she just felt secure to climb on my lap last week. Animals have a very special place in my heart, I would love to read this book.

  4. Oh but I did alot of smiling while watching the video and even some laughing. My 4 cats are just like these. So adorable and loving, full of fun and play and each has their own personality. Mine were all from shelters and I would not go anywhere else to get my cats.
    This book will bring lots of smiles and laughs I am sure. Thanks for the great review.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  5. Sounds like a very heartwarming story! Can't wait to read it!

  6. Sounds like a great read...thanx for the review...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

  7. I am a sucker for animal books. I would love to read this

  8. Ii know my dad will love this book!

    patricia dot mariani dot esq at gmail dot com

  9. Since I have 8 cats (including one also named Sweetie Pie) and suffer much the same medical problems the author does and my problems are also from a traffic accident--this is a book I will have to read.

    rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

  10. it's probably pretty obvious that this book is purrfect for me;-)

  11. A heartwarming book I'd love to read!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Best wishes,

  12. Sounds like a good book. I don't know what I would do without my dog Rocco.

  13. I'm the mom of three rescued fur babies - one cat and two dogs - I would love to read this! Thanks for another great giveaway!
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  14. I'm a total cat person. i would love to read this book.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  15. I knew I wanted this book as soon as I saw the title. I consider our cat to be not just a member of our family, but she rules it!

  16. I heart animals too!


  17. What a great review. I absolutely love both of my cats...they each have their own personality which makes them unique!

    trippyjanet at hotmail dot com

  18. awwww, I love reading books about cats! And the cover is adorable.
    I think it's fun reading about other cats, and recognizing my own cats in them!
    I looked in our library system, and it's not there :-(

  19. I commented on your review. garrettsambo@aol.com

  20. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway. garrettsambo@aol.com

  21. This looks great! I think this would make a great gift for some animal lovers I know! :)
    monlor AT aol DOT com