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3.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 53.84 out of 5 3.84 (31 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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781607886228
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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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 Wendy Vlasschaert | 2/5/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 2/3/2014

    " What's not to love? Stray kitten comes to live in the library and wins over the whole town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 2/2/2014

    " A fun little read with some interesting state and small town history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Turtle | 1/26/2014

    " This book was amazing. I cried at the end, and I've only cried over books twice. You should read this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nan | 1/13/2014

    " Well, I expected a book about Dewey, but this is really much more about the author. I was disappointed. I did not finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/22/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book! I have cats and I really connected with the author and her feelings towards Dewey. I cried when I got to the inevitable. A great read that I reccomend to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 12/6/2013

    " Sweet little Dewey -- a fun, comfort read, especially for cat lovers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 12/2/2013

    " I am a huge fan of Marley & Me and so did not expect much of this book. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself tearing through it just to get to the end. Even if you're a dog person you should check out this loveable tale! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lake Lady | 11/26/2013

    " Heartfelt words from the heartland. Simple straightforward storytelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 8/16/2013

    " Being a Librarian from a small town, and a cat lover, How could I NOT like this book?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Riechers | 6/19/2013

    " I love cats and found the book an easy enjoyable read. There's nothing special about it. The author obviously loves Spencer, Iowa, her family and Dewey! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 6/3/2013

    " Lovely story, had me in tears a couple of times. Quick read. It's extra fun to see Dewey in action, doing all the things that Vicky describes in the book, online. I recommend looking up Dewey videos from Iowa Public Television on You Tube after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Letitia | 3/12/2013

    " This was a nice book about a cat that lived in the library. Some parts seemed a little farfetched but it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shunta | 1/19/2013

    " its a nice little story about a cat in the library who helps a little girl feel better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 7/31/2012

    " Everything about Iowa and Dewey is AWESOME and everything else SUCKS!. That's what I got from this book and I'm a self styled crazy cat lady (3 cats). It's so childish it should be a kids book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea | 5/21/2012

    " Such a heartwarming story. I cried several times. I also laughed as I recognized silly cat behaviors my own cats do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 4/14/2012

    " I loved this book. Listened to it as an audio book but was finished in 2 days. Thinking about adding it to my nook so I can read it again and again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 3/15/2012

    " Just an unreasonable waste of paper and ink. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Hanington | 1/5/2012

    " The Library adventures of Dewey Readmore Books were cute, though a lot of the book is an autobiography of the author. I liked the book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 7/15/2011

    " Loved this book! So fun, cute & easy read but made me cry. Amazing cat story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/23/2011

    " It was a cute story, but could have been called MY LIFE WITH DEWEY. There was more Vicki/town history then content about dewey. Still a good book, just not what I expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 5/19/2011

    " wonderful...i cried at the beginning and then again at the end.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/14/2011

    " I loved reading about the kitty, but the rest about the author's life and town were less compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/10/2011

    " A chocolate mousse book ... sweet, light and fluffy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 5/7/2011

    " As a cat lover I totally loved this book. The story of Dewey was touching, funny and it felt like I was really allowed in to share his life.

    This story really showed how animals are more than "just" pets, they can change lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rese | 5/7/2011

    " A delight. Mostly about the author, a midwestern librarian and her love of and life with Dewey Readmore Books. Touching story about what animals mean to people and what a difference they can make in our lives. Of course, we cat lovers know this very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassidy | 5/4/2011

    " Dewey, is clearly the most snide cat ever! He will only eat his food if its fresh,a fancy feast, warm, and each monday he has a new appatite so monday all ways the same, open, sniff,throw.(X A LOT!!!)And thats just the begining of his sarcasam
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 5/2/2011

    " So far so cute :) "

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About the Author
Author Vicki Myron

Vicki Myron was born in Spencer, Iowa. After a twenty-five year career as a librarian, she retired and wrote the New York Times bestseller Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. She has written numerous other books about Dewey, including Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions, Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story, and Dewey’s Christmas at the Library. She currently resides in Spencer.