They don’t herd, guard, sniff for drugs, or guide the blind. They scratch the furniture, meow for food, and sleep all day. In spite of all this, cats and humans have been living together companionably for thousands of years. Cats now outnumber dogs in American homes. Cats themselves have long known that they are far superior to humans in many respects, so why do we keep them around? In Cat Sense (Basic Books, $27.99) John Bradshaw scientifically examines the feline-human relationship. He looks at the origins of this partnership, its evolution, and, most important for cat-owners everywhere, interprets cats’ behavior. Do cats have emotions or do humans project their own to the animals? You may think you understand your cat, but you’d be surprised to learn the real reason he purrs or rubs against you. This is a well-researched, engaging study of one of our best friends. I recommend reading it while your furry one is curled up sweetly in your lap.

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Ursula Todd keeps dying. She also keeps being born. Each time she is reborn, something about her life (and death) is different. Sometimes she lasts only a few minutes, sometimes a few years, sometimes she lives a whole lifetime, dies, and comes back to do it all again, but with variations. Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (Reagan Arthur, $27.99) is one of the most interesting books I’ve read all year. Atkinson makes Ursula’s deaths and births seem completely natural, expected, and, sometimes, hoped for. Atkinson treats her characters with an enormous amount of sympathy and understanding; she knows them so well that they stay true to themselves even through their circumstances continually change. The final chapters of this story take place in London during the blitz. I’ve read many novels set during this period, but Atkinson’s writing is so evocative and visceral, I felt I knew just what it must have been like to live through these events. There is no other book quite like this one.

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Summer is the ideal time to begin an exercise regime or to analyze and refine your current workout habits. Is it best to stretch before or after exercise? What is interval training, and does it provide the same benefits as a longer workout? Is ice or heat better for tired muscles? Gretchen Reynolds examines these questions and more in The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer (Plume, $16). The science is clear: exercise helps ward off myriad maladies and increases the length and quality of life. But you may need to think about how much and what kind of exercise is best for you and what you hope to accomplish, from improved health to fitness to increased athleticism. Reynolds’s writing will keep you reading, and sometimes laughing; but more importantly, it will motivate you to get out and start moving!

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