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.
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This is a delightful read. I love cats so it was a pleasure for me to read about the impact that one cat had on a small community. The circumstances of his arrival at the library as a neglected kitten sound like a movie script but this is a true story.
I gave this book to my mother for her birthday. I recommend it to everyone from 18 to 81!
"Do not read DEWEY" The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World! "Unless you want to saturate a couple of otherwise perfectly good handkerchiefs, rid your thoughts of anything negative and at least for a little while, contemplate what a lovely world we inhabit." "Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith (Homewood, AL)"" "DEWEY...the memoir will be a hit, comparable to "Marley "or Anna Quindlen's "Good Dog. Stay."" "Bob Wietrak, Barnes & Noble (New York, NY)"" "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 "Through this plucky cat we come to know and love the town of Spencer, Iowa and learn lessons about courage, generosity and the power of relationships. Dewey is a hero. I wish there were more people like him."--Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, author of THE VELVETEEN PRINCIPLES "Iowa has produced great Hall of Famers, like baseball's Bob Feller. Iowa has now produced a true feline Hall of Famer, a loveable library celebrity named Dewey, who put Spencer, Iowa, on the international map. This book is a purring good read, whether you are a cat lover, or not."--Jim Fanning, former Major League Baseball player and manager "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 "DEWEY...the memoir will be a hit, comparable to Marley or Anna Quindlen's Good Dog. Stay."--Bob Wietrak, Barnes & Noble (New York, NY) "DEWEY...is the story about how an attitude of love and devotion enriched the town of Spencer, Iowa, in a time when they needed it most. Dewey was not only a fixture at the Spencer Library for 18 years, he was also an international star of magazines, newspapers, and foreign documentaries...His story unfolds with humor, poignancy, and warmth that carries the reader to the very end."--Sharon, Beaverdale Books (Des Moines, IA) "DEWEY...Finally, a lead title for cat people. If only all abandoned cats were as lucky as Dewey Readmore Books, or should it be if only all libraries were as lucky as Spenser Public Library? After reading this truly uplifting story, I want a Dewey Readmore Books for our bookstore! I'll have fun selling this one."--Karin Wilson, Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL) "This Librarian thought DEWEY was the Cats Meow! It will make you laugh and cry so much that you will want to Readmore Books! I adored DEWEY. There are few books that are as memorable; DEWEY the small town library cat will be one of those books that will be etched in my memory for a lifetime."--Jennifer Teitelbaum, San Diego County Library (San Diego, CA) "Do not read DEWEY The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World! Unless you want to saturate a couple of otherwise perfectly good handkerchiefs, rid your thoughts of anything negative and at least for a little while, contemplate what a lovely world we inhabit."--Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith (Homewood, AL) "I was enchanted with antics of DEWEY, but also moved by Vicki's personal story and the wonderful presentation of my hometown...Whether you are a cat person, a book lover, or curious about life in small-town America, this story has something for everyone."--Bonnie Mauer, Anderson's Bookshops (Naperville, IL) "Do not read DEWEY": The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World! "Unless you want to saturate a couple of otherwise perfectly good handkerchiefs, rid your thoughts of anything negative and at least for a little while, contemplate what a lovely world we inhabit." -- Jake Reiss, The Alabama Booksmith (Homewood, AL)
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Time Warner Trade Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41