Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World - eBook
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World - eBook  -     By: Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780446542203
ISBN-13: 9780446542203
Ages: 9-14

Publisher's Description

The #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold over 1.2 million copies!

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

Author Bio

Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles from Spencer, Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare, she graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University and has a masters degree from Emporia State University. She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty-five years, the last twenty as director. She lives in Spencer, Iowa.

Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Raised in north Alabama, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, two children and his fourteen-year-old cat Kiki. His other cat, Feasor, died four days after the completion of this book.

Publisher's Weekly

One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named Dewey Readmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story—despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this “was a job I could love for the rest of my life.” Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat—anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls)—it's a love letter to libraries. (Sept.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is not only a tribute to a cat... it's a love letter to libraries."—Publishers Weekly
"Myron's beguiling, poignant, and tender tale of survival, loyalty, and love is an unforgettable study in the mysterious and wondrous ways animals, and libraries, enrich humanity."—Booklist, starred review
"Intimate portrait of a place snugly set within its historical moment, preserved in Myron's understated, well-polished prose."—Kirkus
"What an extraordinary story of love, courage and devotion. I will not soon forget the good people of Spencer, Iowa and their wonderful library cat. DEWEY is truly inspiration for the soul."—Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"The story of Dewey, author Vicki Myron, and Spencer, Iowa, captures what makes small town life worth preserving--a sense of community. DEWEY rekindles my belief that one person (together with one cat) can change lives. Vicki gives Spencer's famous library cat a 10th life by writing this engaging biography."—Christie Vilsack, former First Lady of Iowa and President of The Vilsack Foundation
"DEWEY is charming, lovely, and moving. It's about life and death and small-town values and, above all, love. Norton would have liked Dewey--the cat and the book--immensely."—Peter Gethers, author of The Cat Who Went to Paris and The Cat Who'll Live Forever

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  1. Dolly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2009
    Dolly
    This was the most wonderful story I've ever read, and I am by far what you would call a "cat lover" but I love animals and have two dogs. But Dewey just touched my heart and soul. I feel as though I know this cat, the town, the library and all the people in it. Vicki did a marvelous job sharing her story of this wonderful cat and her special sixth sense. I've started a book review in my church and I have everyone reading this story. This is a "must read" book for the whole family. Make sure you have your box of tissues near by.
  2. Beverly
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    August 20, 2009
    Beverly
    O.K, so I am a cat lover, but there is so much more to this books than just satisfying people like me. It is a great read and I do not want to see anyone miss the challenges that people have everyday of their lives and yet can find joy in a special book.
  3. Barbara Prather
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 20, 2009
    Barbara Prather
    A beautiful story not only about a special cat but about people that taught many life lessons.
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