Everyone needs one of those books that give you a can give you a chuckle, some bittersweet solace, knowing smile, or a good cry and Barbara Cohen and Louise Taylor have done exactly that in their books. Cats and Their Women, Dogs and Their Women, and Horses and Their Women are series of photographs, captions, and musings about women and the animals they love…and who love them back. Though older, having come out in the late 80’s and 90’s, they still resonate and fans of these collections who have owned and read them for years or have either discovered or been recently introduced appreciate their sentiments.
The series, which features black and white photography, captures that special bond so many women share with their four-legged companions. From humor to sorrow, and everything in between, it is all about those unique relationships. The readers of the different books who share their thoughts cite personal connections to the books ranging from comfort found in certain vignettes following the loss of a beloved pet to laughter while recognizing similarities to simply cherishing the books among their favorites on the nightstand.
Cohen and Taylor portray the very spirit of the subjects and deliver something that reads timelessly. While words create an impact and stories evoke specific emotions, sometimes the photographs are what really speak volumes to the reader.