Books by Peter Gethers

MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN by Peter Gethers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A loving family portrait and a treat for foodies."
A celebration of food connects a mother and son. Read full book review >
ASK BOB by Peter Gethers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A melancholy yet redeeming story of life and love, loss and redemption."
In his latest novel, Gethers (Norton, the Loveable Cat that Travelled the World, 2011, etc.) spins a modern tale of betrayal and reconciliation, failure, forgiveness and family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2001

"A good balance of laugh-out-loud and tear-jerking recollections: Gethers makes Norton immortal, delivering an affecting narrative that belongs on the bookshelf of all cat-fanciers."
Famed feline Norton, the Scottish Fold, who enchanted readers in The Cat Who Went to Paris (1991) and A Cat Abroad (1993), makes his final appearance here, in a highly engaging collection of anecdotes, which Gethers weaves into a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss. Read full book review >
A CAT ABROAD by Peter Gethers
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

Further engaging tales from Gethers (The Cat Who Went to Paris, 1991, etc.) about travels and adventures with his worldly Scottish Fold cat, Norton. When Gethers (ex-publisher of Villard Books) decides to leave New York and the pressurized corporate world for life in a 300- year-old house in the south of France, his closest companions- -girlfriend Janis and feline Norton—waste no time in packing their bags. And so begins a yearlong odyssey abroad, where the threesome quickly become immersed in the French way of life. Gethers still has work commitments—writing this book, a screenplay, and a TV series. But he finds plenty of time for amusements (seeking out chateaus and cathedrals, etc.); eating fine food (enjoying the local cuisine becomes a favorite pastime for humans and feline alike); visiting Italy, Spain, and Holland; entertaining friends from the States; and bonding with other expatriates who ``all made the same choice we'd made—to leave one life behind and resettle in a French paradise.'' As always, Gethers and Janis are accompanied everywhere by their cat, who's welcomed with open arms by the cat- loving French (hotels provide Norton with complimentary room service; restaurants serve him delicacies, such as a marzipan mouse; and winemakers offer him his own bottles). Finally, the trio end their foreign idyll, returning to the US with a newfound joie de vivre. Witty and warmhearted—a delightful addition to the cat- fancier's bookshelf. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO WENT TO PARIS by Peter Gethers
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

The humorous and touching memoirs of a man and his cat—a Scottish Fold named Norton who travels everywhere, especially deep into this reformed cat-hater's heart. When Gethers—publisher (Villard books), novelist (Getting Blue, 1987, etc.), and screen-writer—receives Norton as a present from a girlfriend, he's less than enthusiastic—but not for long. Though the girlfriend eventually goes by the wayside, Gethers and the cat fast become pals. Soon the highly personable puss is accompanying the not-quite-as-personable Gethers everywhere—to parties, Fire Island vacations, and business trips abroad (to work on screenplays with Roman Polanski)—and making friends with everyone from flight attendants to hotel managers. (Norton goes on beach walks with Gethers, romps around on Parisian rooftops, and generally leads as daring and worldly a life as is possible for a house pet.) Finally, after a series of failed human relationships, Gethers finds his true love, Janis, who takes years of convincing- -from human and feline (Norton is smitten with her, too)—that this is the real thing. After a happy/sad recounting of the death of Gethers's father, there's an upbeat ending: Gethers, Janis, and Norton settle into a cozy old house on Long Island. Aside from some repetition—Norton does many of the same endearing things wherever he goes—a charming and heartening account. (Line drawings.) Read full book review >