Dewey Readmore Books may just be the most famous cat since Garfield. Little did Librarian Vicki Myron know that opening the book return box at the public library in Spencer, Iowa one fateful winter day in 1988, would change the course of her life forever.
The tiny little kitten she found inside, who the townspeople later named Dewey Readmore Books, united a community, and in turn touched the world.
When his story, told by his “Mom,” librarian Vicki Myron, hit bookshelves in 2008, it became an instant #1 bestseller. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World sold over a million copies in hardcover, spawned three children’s books, and became the basis for a film adaptation that is currently in development, with Meryl Streep in the lead role.
After the book was published, Vicki assumed she had closed the very special Dewey chapter of her life. But after receiving thousands of letters and emails in response from fans sharing their own extraordinary stories of how cats changed their lives, Vicki realized that Dewey’s legacy was only just beginning. This fall, Dewey’s story continues with DEWEY’S NINE LIVES: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions (October 12, 2010) by Vicki Myron and co-writer Bret Witter. The book contains two new stories about the beloved Dewey, as well as seven other tales of amazing true-life cats of fans who were inspired to share their experiences with Vicki.
DEWEY’S NINE LIVES includes stories of a Southern “church cat;” a Florida resort populated by 28 feline guests; the death-defying “Spooky” who survives a dramatic encounter with an owl; and Barbara Lajiness, daughter of a “crazy cat lady,” who vows she will never love another cat—until a special one unexpectedly comes into her life. Readers will also be delighted to read about Glenn Albertson, who, after a long string of romantic bad luck, befriends—and later falls in love with—the author herself.
DEWEY’S NINE LIVES, which continues his legacy, is a reminder of joys and possibilities of ordinary life, and the wonderful ways in which animals can enrich our days.
“Captivating and uplifting, these personal stories will appeal to the legions of Dewey’s fans who will be glad for another chance to make his acquaintance.” —Publishers Weekly
First of all I have to say, I can’t believe I didn’t know before this book blog tour, who Dewey was. I’m not big into animals so it’s not shocking on that level, I do love to read though and somehow missed the original Dewey story. But the real reason I’m surprised with myself is that I live just two hours from where Dewey spent his time!
I do want to let everyone know though, that even though I apparently live under a rock, I am now acquainted with Dewey, and can appreciate the type of healing spirit he had to those not just in the Spencer, Iowa Public Library, but all around the world, through the writing of Dewey’s Nine Lives.
The details of the book are laid out for you pretty well in the post above, but I’ll let you know, animal lover or not, you’ll be amazed at how one little kitten was involved in something so simple yet so big, in a community and beyond. I’m in wonder how a cat’s actions each and every day can make me feel like I need to step up and be more like Dewey in my own life!
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