- “Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life” by John Gray.
The obvious connection here is to the phrase “cats have nine lives.” What’s not as obvious but clearly entertaining is to read John Gray’s deep thoughts on pussycats and philosophy.
- “Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of Late Life” by Judith Viorst.
I’ve often wondered: is reaching the 90s age-wise a blessing or a curse? Maybe a little bit of both as revealed in Judith Viorst’s wise, humorous, poetic words on becoming a nonagenarian.
- “Nine: A Book of Nonet Poems” by Irene Latham.
Never heard of a nonet? It’s a nine-line poem, with nine syllables in the first line, eight in the second, seven in the third, and so on, until one syllable in the ninth and final line. This children’s book pays tribute to this nine-a-licious poetical form.
- “Nine-Patch Revolution: 20 Modern Quilt Projects” by Jenifer Dick.
Quilts are wonderful; nine-patch quilts are nine-tastic! Enough said.
- “The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824” by Harvey Sachs.
Regarded by many as Beethoven’s greatest composition, the Ninth Symphony continues to stand the test of time. I say it’s because it’s number nine, and who can argue with that?
- “Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution” by Jared Diamond.
A game that has nine players and nine innings lines up nicely with my favorite number.
Jan Johnston is the collection development coordinator for the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. Email her at email@example.com.