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Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions Hardcover – Oct 19 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525951865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951865
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #422,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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.

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By Joanna Lagana on June 16 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this for my daughter. She loves cats and loved reading this story. She's convinced me that it will be a great book to read on vacation this summer. I look forward to it. She has great taste!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Dewey's Nine Lives Oct. 17 2010
By Angela C Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
truly a delightful book. stories of cat and their owners, or should i say people and the cats that own them. i do think you have to be a cat person to like this book. i enjoyed all the different stories of how cats and their people connect. our pets do become part of our family and can often bring family members together. i believe Vicky Myron took the best of all the stories and again, has written a very funny, witty and fascination book.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't live up to it's predecessor. March 10 2011
By Julie C Schlagel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I LOVED Vicki Myron's first book, Dewey. I wiped away numerous tears the first time around. This second book however did not do it for me. It seems rather haphazard and carelessly written. Most of the cat stories are not endearing but rather portray crazy behaviors exhibited by some cat owners. I felt sorry for a lot of the cats in the book. One subject even admitted to making up parts of her story. Another discrepancy that I noted was that she states on page 4 that Dewey only liked to sit on someone's right shoulder, but on page 290 (and in the original book) it states only the left shoulder. I could have done without the drawn out introduction to Vicki's new significant other. The best read and written material in my opinion was actually not even done by Vicki but was authored by Kristie Graham about her cat, Marshmallow. That chapter was humorous and delightful to read.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The stories here are as varied as the cats and their people Oct. 20 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Nine stories about cats of all kinds are told in DEWEY'S NINE LIVES. Author Vicki Myron responded to the overwhelming reaction to her first book, DEWEY, by compiling and sharing these stories of other unique cats and their owners. Each tale is different --- depending upon both the individual cat's personality and the circumstances of the owner --- but shares many similarities. In several instances, the cat owner experiences difficulties of some sort --- whether poverty, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, unemployment, or alienation and loneliness. It doesn't matter if the cat is a cuddler, a watcher, a clown, a hunter, or a lapcat. Each holds an important role in the life of its owner or companion. And each human readily acknowledges the value and importance of the cat's companionship and affection.

The felines include, but are not limited to, Mr. Sir Bob Kittens, who does a strange karate-type dance while standing on his hind legs; Tobi, a very timid cat who remains in hiding unless her owner Yvonne is nearby; and Spooky, who likes motorcycle rides --- under 25 miles per hour, that is. Although cats are carnivorous, Cookie loves broccoli rabe. Rusty, a rather large cat, has a taste for people food and loves relaxing in a bathtub full of water. Anyone who has ever owned a cat will confirm that no two cats are alike, and the stories in this book are certainly proof of that.

At a resort on Sanibel Island, Flordia, Tabby rides in the basket of Mary Nan's bike. In the 1980s, Sanibel Island has an abundance of feral cats, and many of them end up at Mary Nan's. First, one cat shows up. Then another. Before long, she and her husband are running an unofficial feline shelter.

As a farmboy, Bill rescues animals and owns a pet raccoon. He volunteers for the army and serves in Vietnam, where he encounters the unspeakable side of war. He returns with post-traumatic stress disorder, which plagues him for many years. The only constant in his life is the little kitten that had somehow escaped the grip of an owl in flight and landed on Bill's car. He rescues the kitten, which he names Spooky. Many years later, Bill adds another kitten, Zippo, to the family. Both have feline AIDS.

Glenn is under the dashboard working on his old 1953 Studebaker Commander when he feels something land on his chest --- a small orange and white kitten. Glenn pets the kitten, which stretches out on his chest. It isn't frightened by the banging of tools, so Glenn continues to work on his car. An immediate bond is formed.

The stories here are as varied as the cats and their people. Also included is information about Dewey and Vicki's lives. The final chapter contains a very happy ending for Dewey's mom. And it's no great surprise that a cat is part of that story, too.

--- Reviewed by Carole Turner, cat lover
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sweet Continuation of Dewey the Cat Inspiration Oct. 26 2010
By Coffee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Just so you know...I cry a lot through books about how an animal can make you feel, their inspiration, and their complete and total unconditional love to us, but it's such a good cry. I just love to be reminded of how incredibly important animals can be in our lives and how they deserve our mutual love, respect, and protection. An animal can't speak for themselves and tell you what's right and what's wrong, or what hurts. We have to do that for them, to help them, and care for them, to stand up for them when something is wrong or inhumane. But sometimes it's forgotten what an animal's love can do for them, the inspiration that they can provide.

Dewey's Nine Lives reminds you that the magic of an animal's love and devotion can be found everywhere, not just in one library in Spencer, Iowa -- but one little cat named Dewey had such an amazing story that it brought out the personal stories of people with their own cats, in such an incredible outpouring of love, inspiration, and most especially, the amazing bond one can have with their precious pets.

Dewey's Nine Lives is such a feel good book that reminds us of the importance of animals in our lives, perfect for the holidays!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Three paws up, but no more than that Jan. 2 2013
By D. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
DEWEY'S NINE LIVES is a collection of personal essays that Vicki Myron and Bret Witter received after the publication of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. It consists of nine personal essays from people whose lives have been enriched by cats, a prologue and an epilogue.

These essays are very heartfelt. The owners (if one really does own a cat!) make readers laugh, cry, and cheer for them. Readers feel what the authors feel and want to keep reading to see how things will turn out.

I regret, though, that I have to stop at a high three-star rating in this case, no higher. Granted, the concept of the story was to show how Dewey and other cats reached people's hearts and saw people through hard times; in some cases the cats even saved people's lives. These people sent their personal essays (and that is what these are!) to Myron and Witter after reading about Dewey in Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. However, Myron and Witter seem to step in during these essays to mention how similar the cat(s) being highlighted in a particular essay are (or are not) similar to Dewey. I would have liked this book better if Myron and Witter had backed off more and let readers see for themselves. It would be reasonable to assume that people who selected DEWEY'S NINE LIVES have probably read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

Also, though it's a picky-picky editing problem, I found too many confused words (such as "peak" the noun for "peek" the verb) that should have been corrected by the time the book was released to the public. Confused words and typographical problems can be common problems in advance reader copies, but not in the final copy to the public.

Who am I: A college composition instructor who also has a library science degree.
How I acquired this book: It was a remainder (on the clearance table) at my college's book store.