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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25,620 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vicki Myron Narrator: Susan McInearny Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 world famous? 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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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 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

  • 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
  • “In this tender story, Myron…tells of the impact the cat, named Dewey Readmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself…the book is not only a tribute to a cat…it’s a love letter to libraries.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dewey was, this loving account demonstrates, the right cat in the right place for Spencer and most certainly for its librarian. An intimate portrait of a place snugly set within its historical moment, preserved in Myron’s understated, well-polished prose.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “How Dewey simultaneously became famous in both library and cat-fancier worlds is amazing. Myron captures the ambience of a small Midwest town in this touching, feel-good account, delivered with great care and feeling by McInerney.”


  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dorottya Bacsi | 2/17/2014

    " I'm a huge cat person, so I immediately knew I was gonna love this book - and I wasn't wrong. It's such a nice, heartfelt, moving story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by K.M. Weiland | 2/8/2014

    " As a memoir, the book is decidedly fluffed-out and uneven effort, that suffers not so much from the insertion of the owner's personal history (as other reviewers have complained) as it does its inconsistency in weaving both the cat and the owner into the save cohesive tale. But as a story of an extraordinary cat and a tribute to the bond between people and their animals, it's a beautiful and touching tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashleycarolhall O'Toole | 2/7/2014

    " What a good animal story! It really touches the heart strings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy Vlasschaert | 2/5/2014

    " If your a animal lover this book is for you!!! "

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