National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Kitty-Wan KenobiKitty-Wan Kenobi, Bookstore Cat

Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day (not to be confused with National Black Cat Day, on October 27th). Since our proprietor is, in fact, a black cat, this is as good a time as any to remind you that cats are the best thing in the world (next to books) and we are lucky to have them. 

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A Tour of Sandman Books

His majesty has graciously agreed to lead you on a tour of his bookshop: 

Recommended Reading

His majesty is aware that you are only a human and he must tell you what to do in order to give you purpose in your life. Here are some books he has approved for you:

All Black Cats are Not AlikeAll Black Cats are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser, Peter Arkle

" This pitch-perfect illustrated book proves this simple fact by diving whiskers first into the unique personality, charisma, and character of 50 real all-black cats. From Alfie, who 'has no tolerance for wet humans or being ignored,' to Sashi, who 'enjoys freeze-dried chicken by candlelight and full-on body rubs,' each cat comes to life through a lovingly hand-drawn portrait and quick-witted profile. Delightfully quirky and utterly charming, this motley crew of black cats will win over anyone with a dry sense of humor."

A Novel Way to DieA Novel Way to Die (Black Cat Bookshop series) by Ali Brandon

"Darla Pettistone may have inherited her great aunt Dee’s Brooklyn bookstore, but it’s the store’s mascot - an oversized black cat named Hamlet - who acts like he owns the place. And when someone turns up dead, Hamlet smells something rotten in Brooklyn… As the owner of Pettistone’s Fine Books, Darla is settling nicely into her new life, even reaching an uneasy truce with Hamlet. Unfortunately, when she needs to hire a new clerk, the finicky feline decides to lend a paw to the hiring process. He chases away applicants who don’t meet his approval, finally settling on an unlikely candidate: Robert, a book-loving Goth kid who has a secret only Hamlet knows. And Hamlet can’t seem to stay out of trouble. One of the bookstore’s regular customers, a man who is renovating a local brownstone, claims he’s seen Hamlet prowling the neighborhood. When the man’s business partner is found dead, Darla discovers that Hamlet may have been the only witness to what could be murder. With the crafty cat’s help, she wonders if they just might be able to pounce on a killer..."

The Cat Who Could Read BackwardsThe Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

"The world of modern art is a mystery to many. But for Jim Qwilleran, it turns into a mystery of another sort when his assignment for The Daily Fluxion leads down the path to murder. A stabbing in an art gallery, vandalized paintings, a fatal fall from a scaffolding - this is not at all what Qwilleran expects when he turns his reporter talents to art. But Qwilleran and his newly found partner, Koko the brilliant Siamese cat, are in their element—sniffing out clues and confounding criminals intent on mayhem and murder."

Cat in a Midnight ChoirCat in a Midnight Choir (Midnight Louie series) by Carole Nelson Douglas

"This time our feisty black cat detective is hunting a mysterious and possibly murderous organization of renegade magicians called the Synth, which has been making Las Vegas too hot to hold for some of Louie's human friends, particularly ex-magician Max Kinsella. Louie's on the case . . . but the trick may be on him this time. And just to make things interesting, while Louie and his furred cohorts battle black magic, both human and not-so-human, Louie's cherished roommate, plucky PR freelancer Temple Barr, is investigating the murderous side of the Synth despite the intense discouragement of female homicide lieutenant C. R. Molina. Molina herself is secretly moonlighting as an undercover operative to nail the killer of a sad, young stripper, and the search has boiled down to two suspects: Temple's current significant other, Max Kinsella, and Molina's long-gone ex-lover, Raf Nadir. Unfortunately, proving either man guilty will seriously impact the lives of Molina and her daughter, Mariah. As Louie and his human friends sink deeper into a lose-lose situation of crime and punishment, there doesn't seem to be any way out of this escalating crisis, except another murder."

My AlphabetMy Alphabet by Carole Stevens Bibisi (Local Author)

"In her second book, Miss Bronte stars in her own colorful Alphabet which uses rhyming sentences to highlight each letter on its own page. Bronte's facial expressions and her troop of mice and ladybug friends will make you smile and cheer, and you'll eagerly reach for the next page to catch more of their adventurous antics. Of course you won't be able to resist falling in love with Miss Bronte, because she's so funny and clever! She's a purrrrrfectly lovable, beautiful, lucky black cat." Autographed by the author.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 10:00am
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I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats (Gifts for Cat Lovers, Funny Cat Books for Cat Lovers) By Francesco Marciuliano Cover Image
$11.01
ISBN: 9781452110585
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 15th, 2012

The internationally bestselling book of tongue-in-cheek poetry that set off a trend of feline funniness! Animal lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of funny cats.

The author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential an


I Could Pee on This 2023 Wall Calendar By Francesco Marciuliano Cover Image
$12.74
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ISBN: 9781797216539
Published: Chronicle Books - September 27th, 2022

This easy-to-read wall calendar features a purrfect year of witty cat poetry and adorable felines to charm and delight cat lovers everywhere.


I Could Pee on This  Too: And More Poems by More Cats (Poetry Book for Cat Lovers, Cat Humor Books, Funny Gift Book) By Francesco Marciuliano Cover Image
$11.01
ISBN: 9781452132945
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 16th, 2016

A hilarious follow-up to the international bestseller I Could Pee on This


You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats (Cat Book, Funny Cat Book, Cat Gifts for Cat Lovers) By Francesco Marciuliano Cover Image
$11.01
ISBN: 9781452138916
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 2015

Our feline friends have spent eons observing, napping, pondering, napping, and taking notes about the human condition. In between naps, they've realized that we humans could use some catlike guidance when it comes to handling the ups and downs of life.


Chapter and Curse (The Cambridge Bookshop Series #1) By Elizabeth Penney Cover Image
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - September 28th, 2021

In Elizabeth Penney's Chapter and Curse, Molly Kimball is used to cracking open books . . . but when a poetry reading ends in murder she must use her skills to crack the case.

A MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD NOMINEE!


Black Cat & White Cat By Claire Garralon Cover Image
$6.79
ISBN: 9781492637813
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 7th, 2016

A black and white board book with a colorful surprise

Black cat and white cat are friends. But in a world of black and white, someone is always hard to see Can they find a way to play together without someone disappearing?

In the face of adversity, friendship prevails and black cat and white cat set off to find a place where they can play happily together.


Just Black Cats 2023 Wall Calendar By Willow Creek Press Cover Image
$13.59
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Just Black Cats 2023 Mini Wall Calendar By Willow Creek Press Cover Image
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The Bookstore Cat By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cylin Busby, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$15.29
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 20th, 2020

An irresistible and engaging picture book perfect for story time, and for cat and bookstore lovers alike!

The bookstore cat is an adorable . . .

bossy . . .

cuddly cat.


Note Card Black Cat By Inc Peter Pauper Press (Created by) Cover Image
By Inc Peter Pauper Press (Created by)
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Published: Peter Pauper Press - June 1st, 2018

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery By Martha Grimes Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - February 1st, 2011

Richard Jury is still dealing with the guilt of the accident that sent Lu Aquilar into a coma. But then he gets assigned the case of a beautiful woman who was murdered on the grounds of a pub called the Black Cat. And the only witness is a black cat. The woman is unidentifiable-but Jury is going to see that the person responsible is known to all...


Moonlight: The Halloween Cat By Cynthia Rylant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780060297114
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Published: HarperCollins - August 14th, 2003

Softly padding through the darkness, Moonlight explores the world on her favorite night, Halloween.

The town and countryside glow with shining stars. The wide yellow moon lights pumpkins, racoons, and children out having fun. . . .


Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat By John Spina (Illustrator), Janice Spina Cover Image
By John Spina (Illustrator), Janice Spina
$14.99
ISBN: 9780692510841
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Published: Janice Spina - August 11th, 2015

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?


Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics By Heather Busch, Burton Silver Cover Image
$16.96
ISBN: 9780898156126
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Published: Ten Speed Press - May 1st, 1994

An unprecedented photographic record of cat creativity that will intrigue cat lovers and art lovers alike.


Inside Cat By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781452173191
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 12th, 2021

The newest story from the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel is a funny and wise celebration of observation, curiosity, and indoor life.


Jet the Cat (Is Not a Cat) By Phaea Crede, Terry Runyan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Phaea Crede, Terry Runyan (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781646861675
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Published: Barefoot Books - June 1st, 2021

Jet the cat likes to swim. When the other animals tell her that cats actually hate water, she goes in search of her true identity. After failing to fit the description of a variety of animals, Jet finally learns to embrace her unique brand of catness. A timely tale that humorously challenges labels and celebrates defining one's own unique identity.


Is That My Cat? By Jonathan Allen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781907967740
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Published: Boxer Books - March 4th, 2014

"Is that my cat? It can't be. My cat is a slim, sleek pussy cat." But something's up with this rather large kitty--the same one who used to fit through the cat door, climbed trees fearlessly, and always wanted to play.


Seventeen Cats 300-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (Pomegranate Artpiece Puzzle) By Edward Gorey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Edward Gorey (Illustrator)
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Published: Pomegranate Communications - May 15th, 2012

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Iconic Cats: 1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle By Marta Zafra (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marta Zafra (Illustrator)
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Published: Smith Street Gift - October 4th, 2022

Discover your favourite cats piece by piece with this 1000 piece jigsaw.


Edward Gorey: Dancing Cats 300-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle By Edward Gorey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Edward Gorey (Illustrator)
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Published: Pomegranate Communications - January 15th, 2019

Black Cat's Clue #23 By Margaret Sutton Cover Image
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Published: Applewood Books - July 31st, 2008

Fifteen year old Holly Potter has returned to visit her Uncle David Potter during a family reunion he planned at his home, only to learn that he was recently killed in a train wreck in Florida. Holly is afraid to face her relatives alone so she convinces Judy to pretend to be her redheaded older sister Doris.


Black Cats Tarot Deck By Maria Kuara, Lo Scarabeo Cover Image
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2013

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I Hate My Cats (A Love Story): (Cat book for Kids, Picture Book about Pets) By Davide Cali, Anna Pirolli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Anna Pirolli (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452165950
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 2nd, 2018

Ginger is the weird one. She plays with peas, purrs at artichokes, and has a strange fondness for chicken (but only the neighbor's chicken). Then there's Fred. His greatest talent? Sleeping. Oh, and hiding. And when he's not hiding, he's conspiring with Ginger to destroy the house! Such is life with cats. . . can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em—if you love them, that is.