Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Hardcover)

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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.

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

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.


ISBN 9780446407410
Format Hardcover
Pages 277
Publisher Date 2008-09-24 00:00:00.0
Publisher Grand Central Pub
Copyright Year 2008
Height 8.5 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.9 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Audience General/trade
Authors Myron, Vicki
Country of Origin United States

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  • Animal lover
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    What a great read! If you are a cat person (or just an animal lover) this book will give you great enjoyment. An easy read that helps you escape from today's news.

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  • Wonderful Book - Wonderful Service
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    What a sweet story about an unusual little cat. Be prepared to laugh and to cry!

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  • Dewey book
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    Have purchased several Dewey books for granddaughter as she loves cats. the Dewey books certainly hold her interest. I feel these books help teach kindness and love.

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  • great book
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    wonderful story, great book for cat (and dog) lovers, couldn't put it down

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  • In love with Dewey

    Thinking Goodietwoshoes is way off base. Absolutely loved this book! Whether you do or do not like cats I think if you have a heart you will fall in love. Don't know if I have ever read a lengthy story about an animal and found it as interesting as this one. We have all had animals come in and out of our lives but this one even from afar will hold a special place in my heart. Read it today!!!

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  • hated it!
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    This was a book club choice of a friend that loves cats. Sorry to say I don't have the same sentiments as she. While it did seem important to the author to discribe the small town feelin , I just couldn't connect with the story. Not being a cat lover, I found it quite boring and I especially don't feel I need to know the specifics of a cat's bowel problems!

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  • Excellent!
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    Bought this book as a gift for my aunt. She was very excited when she opened it. Shopping online with Overstock is always easy. Shipping is fast and as always, the quality is top notch.

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