Cats have a way of entering your life and making a permanent home in your heart. Jan Louch, a librarian from Nevada, never imagined that a couple of feline co-workers would change her life and her library forever. Her book, The True Tails of Baker and Taylor, remembers the lives of the cats that would become mascots for library wholesaler, Baker & Taylor, and capture the hearts of cat lovers nationwide.
Baker and Taylor: Two Library Cats Touch the World
Who would have ever guessed that the small Douglas County Public Library in Carson Valley, Nevada could become a busy tourist destination? The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town… and the World is a touching memoir written by Jan Louch and Lisa Rogak about a librarian (Louch) whose attempt at library rodent control turned into a nationwide sensation. Baker and Taylor, two Scottish Fold cats, would unknowingly become the hottest feline celebrities of the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Born in Oakland, California during the Great Depression, Jan Louch grew up with a love of animals and books. The True Tails of Baker and Taylor recalls many fascinating stories from Jan Louch’s upbringing including the effects of the Great Depression, World War II, marriage, loss, single-motherhood, and the joy of landing a dream job. Each story ties in with the behind-the-scenes life stories of the famous library cats, Baker and Taylor.
This book tells all about Baker and Taylor’s personalities and quirks. Though they were brought into the library to keep mice out, it was what they brought in that would turn out to be their legacy. These cats became favorites of almost everyone they came in contact with. They even inspired a class of 2nd graders to read, write and begin their own Baker and Taylor fan club.
The center portion of the book contains glossy photos of Baker and Taylor as well as some of Louch’s favorite memories. Of course, Baker and Taylor started a trend of keeping cats in libraries, so there are interviews with other library cats throughout the book as well!
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A Touching and Relatable Book
This book was a wonderful read from the first page to the last! As a cat owner and lover, I could relate to what Louch had to say about her beloved Baker and Taylor. I could see them so clearly from her descriptions. It was almost like seeing them in my own memory.
Baker and Taylor’s antics sounded very familiar. I once caught Cinco and Manna playing with a mouse in my home. They would paw at it, pick it up and carry it to another place, set it down again, and continue playing. It was left to Dave and me to rid ourselves of the rodent! Silly kitties. Baker and Taylor’s love of human food was all too familiar too. You can’t eat string cheese in my home without being bombarded by kitties.
I was very moved by the telling of Louch’s own personal life story. She is an incredibly strong woman who has courageously made it through a lot of life’s injustices. She’s not a victim in life, she’s a victor.
I also found Louch’s perspective of the historical events to be fascinating. I’ve always loved listening to people from the generations before mine talk about past events that they’ve experienced. Baker and Taylor’s story starts about where my life did, so there are also a few historical events that I remember. When I was really young, I liked to play Battle Chess with my dad on our Apple computer. I remember having to learn all of the codes just to use the computer too. Of course, it was a really big deal that we had a computer at home at all.
Cats and books are a wonderful combination. I wish more libraries could have cats on staff! It was great that I had a few kitties to help dry my tears at the end of this book. With my recent loss of Cinco, I could imagine the difficulty Louch had in her final days with Baker and Taylor. She showed an enormous amount of love and compassion for them throughout their entire lives. I just wanted to reach through the pages of the book and give her a hug. The True Tails of Baker and Taylor is a book that I would recommend to any cat lover.