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Hastings may be a housecat, but he has a serious mission: to raise the social status of the feline species. Born the runt of the litter in an apartment overflowing with cats, Hastings was inspired early in life to make his mark upon the world. In this autobiography, he recounts how he rose from humble beginnings to become the cultured, erudite leader whose vision now ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Derwood Press
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Lou Robinson
Jun 22, 2015 Lou Robinson rated it really liked it
You'll only like this book if you like cats...but if you like cats, it's really quite amusing. Hastings is a superior feline and this is the tale of his work to try and improve the lives of his fellow cats. He learns how to read in a matter of weeks and also how to switch on the PC and commit his musings to print. Pleasant, happy story.
Sara
Jan 23, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
Okay, I will admit that I read this book because it was told from the viewpoint of a cat. I was hoping for something like Mrs. Murphy mysteries series or the Warriors series for children - cats being the main characters of novels full of plot and adventure around every turn - what I got was a middle-aged-man midlife crisis memoir for a cat. You know the one where he talks about how as a kid there was a store that sold him chocolate for a nickel and the kid down the street taught him how to fish. ...more
David Lamb
Jan 29, 2015 David Lamb rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and was really excited to read it and share it with my girlfriend (who is all about the felines). I read the musing of Hastings (Trombone, Tom Slayer) over two days and was left with a feeling that the book is in many ways an homage to literature in cat narrator style. It treats literacy as a way to move up in the world and take control of your life. Likewise, Wein provides a wonderful explanation of cats' actions. I was amused when ...more
Kathryn Myers
Sep 25, 2014 Kathryn Myers rated it it was amazing
I cannot even express how much I loved this book. This is a story that has a little something for everyone whether young or old. It is full of rich relationships and insights from a little housecat who grows to question his life and make mistakes while he explores his life and the world around him.

Many times, I laughed out loud while reading this book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys good storytelling and who views things with curiosity.

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Harrison Bae Wein is author of the novel "The Life and Opinions of the Housecat Hastings." His fiction has also appeared in several literary journals. His series of laboratory adventures, "Blinded by Science", was the first fiction ever published at LabLit.com. Harrison has won several awards as a health and science writer. His work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "The Richmond ...more
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