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Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions (Dewey Readmore)

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The cat that captured America's hearts returns, to share more of his special brand of magic.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World was a blockbuster bestseller and a publishing phenomenon. It has sold nearly a million copies, spawned three children's books, a
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Dutton Adult (first published September 24th 2008)
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William Blair
If you liked Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, then you will like this book. If you loved Dewey, you might, or might not, like this book. Dewey was a tear jerker. But folks react differently to tear jerkers. My brother-in-law's wife said she didn't cry in the case of the first book, but did with this one, because in the first [book], "Dewey led a full and happy life, and death is the natural end of that," whereas in the second (book) [this book], "there is genuine tragedy. ...more
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 so ...more
In 2008 Myron published a book about a library cat that went on to become a bestseller.Since then she's met and heard from thousands of people, all of whom had a connection to her book, and many of whom had a story of their own to share. These are stories about hardworking people whose lives are filled with struggles of various kinds, horrible luck, tanking economies, war, disease, and an awful lot of grinding poverty. But in each of these lives there was something special, a grace note that may ...more
I did not read the first book before reading this one. Indeed I had no idea there even was a first book. Fortunately it did not matter.

For any person who is owned by cats - this is a must read. Sometimes you think you are alone (or crazy) because your life is consumed by your love of your cats. This book highlights the beautiful stories collected by cat companions across the country that were sent to Vicki, the librarian who found Dewey in a book return slot years ago. Dewey who became a world
I had very high expectations for this book and I couldn’t even finish it. I read, loved and cherished Dewey so when I came across this book I was excited to hear more Dewey stories. As I got further into the book the author Vicki Myron attempted to draw more and more parallels to Dewey’s life and her own. If you talk to enough people you will find people who have very similar stories to you. I felt that drawing these parallels in the middle of these other cat stories really took away from Dewey’ ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
This is a wonderful collection of stories inspired by readers of Vicki Myron's other book and is filled with the healing properties that animals can bring to your life. Several of the stories really touched my heart, especially Spooky which tells the tale of a Vietnam vet who is suffering from undiagnosed PTSD and the redemption he finds with a black cat who truly had nine lives. This cat was literally dropped onto the roof of his car one night by a bird of prey and Bill takes the cat to a nearb ...more
Lydia Presley
Every once in a while I enjoy a good "feel good" story. Dewey's Nine Lives gave me that story and Vicki Myron did a great job of pulling together the lives of some fairly ordinary people and making them interesting, thought-provoking and heart-warming. It always amazes me when I see the bond between people and their animals. I have a cat, and while I love him (and sometimes folks, it's HARD to love him), sometimes he can drive me so batty.

I think my favorite kitty story was about Ninja, the kar
Quite frankly, I was disappointed in this book. I had read it was not a sequel to the original, but I was not expecting therapy for the writers involved. I get that their cats helped them through tough times and were a great comfort to them, but this book read a lot more like catharsis for those writers than about their cats.

It was sometimes confused as to when the POV switched over from Vicki Myron to the narrator of each particular segment, especially since it appears Myron knows several of th
Another amazing book filled with stories from people I can relate to: cat lovers. I loved the first Dewey book. His story touched me on a level I never thought possible. I have always had a close relationship with every animal I have ever had and Dewey made me realize I am not alone in feeling that way. I loved reading about other people's special relationships with their cats and how Dewey brought us all together. These were some amazing tales and I loved every minute of them all, but the last ...more
The stories of people and their cats are great. The parts where Vicki Myron draws parallels between her life and the stories of the others in book are not. Cats! I want to hear about the cats, not how you were a single mom.

Favorite: kitten who was dropped by an owl onto the roof of a car and survived.

* I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher *
Since I love cats of course I loved this book. However it is more about relationships and small town America and good people. I recommend to everyone. (except died in the wool science fiction or suspense fans)
Christina Cerillo
Loved the first book that was actually about Dewey, but this book seemed thrown together. As a cat lover and shelter worker, I wasn't able to get through the whole thing. The beginning of the book warns us to "not think about the way the featured people care improperly for their cats, but to just enjoy the stories." (Paraphrasing). Lots of indoor/outdoor cats that were continuously let out even after scrapes with bears and cars, etc. I just couldn't get into it. And as another reviewer pointed o ...more
Couldn't even finish it. That hardly ever happens to me.
Apr 24, 2014 Barbara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: dnf
Sorry, I love Dewey the cat so the one star is no reflection on him just the author. I did not finish this book. Stopped at page 150 during the story of the Alaskan lady. Once I read the words that the woman liked to fish for salmon because once on the hook they would fight I got even more pissed than I was starting to get from all the unnecessary references to god in each of the stories as if the author was trying to preach her religion and small town, white trash, values disguising it as a boo ...more
Everyone knows that I am a sucker for cats and kittens, and it doesn't stop with the animals. I love to read stories of people and their love for their fur-babies. I have always been owned by at least one cat, and do not see a change in that status in my near future. To read about the love and adoration that one has for their little furry children always warms my heart and I can almost always find a link between what they are telling and my own personal experience with my cats. So naturally, whe ...more
E Wilson

I didn't read the first Dewey book although I want to now that I've read this one. This was like an expanded Chicken Soup for Cat Lovers type book. The stories went
into more detail, but they were all heartwarming tales of cats and the people who loved them. The author warned that readers might not agree with the actions of some of the owners and I did get
annoyed with the guy whose cat got into so many scrapes and yet he still did not keep it inside.
In fact, that cat survived so many outrageous

This story is a continuation in part of the life of Dewey, the small town library cat. It is also stories of other cats and how they impacted the lives of their people. I won't say owner because we all know that no one ever really owns a cat.

These wonderful stories are heart warming stories sent to the author after they read the story of Dewey, and they then usually shared how Dewey touched their lives, and how their own cats touched their lives. I enjoyed each and every story, but one story wa
After the first book about Dewey, Dewey's mom, Vicki Myron started to hear from all over abuot some other Amazing Cats!

In this book she narrates just nine of the incredible stories she was told and also includes some more details about Dewey that didn't make the first book. Vicki took time to interview everyone involved with these cats to find out just how special these cats were and that like Dewey had a strong perseverance and capacity for love. The stories range from a cat found drowning on C
I actually would give this book a 3 and a half rating if that were permitted.

This book is a collection of cat stories written by the authora of the first book about Dewey, the library cat. After the book was written, Vicki Myron was contacted by other cat owners with their stories. Some of these stories are included in this book.

Each story is interesting in its own right. Readers should know that there are bleak portions in some of these stories where the person who owned the cat went through
Clockstein Lockstein
Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron & Bret Witter is a collection of stories perfect for fans of Dewey or any animal lover. Dewey Readmore Books, the library cat from Spencer, Iowa gained international fame even before his death, but with the release of a book about his life in 2008, the author heard from cat lovers all over the world with stories of how Dewey touched their life or how their cat was special like Dewey. She read through all of these letters and chose a few to contribute to this ...more
CoffeeBook Chick
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 ...more
Genre - Memoir

I liked this book a lot; it includes many different stories about cats, their loving owners, and Dewey, a library's pet cat who has attracted many tourists to his town and taught incredible and important lessons to his visitors and owners who work at the library.

Dewey was a stray cat who was found in the book return box at a library in the town of Spencer, and once an employee found him, she took him in and he was dubbed the library's pet cat. He took to anyone who walked through
Dewey's Nine Lives is nine stories about or inspired by Dewey, the library cat. The stories are told from the viewpoint of Dewey's 'mom', author Vicki Myron. There is a story about how Dewey affected a lady who was a regular at the library and how his legacy lives on without him since he has died. Another story is about a soldier who returns from the Viet Cong a troubled and unhappy soul. A rescue cat helps him open himself up to relationships by being persistent and loving.

An Alaskan divorced m
Mark Mikula
I read this book after the lead-in of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, which I enjoyed as a cat and library enthusiast. This collection tells the stories of a handful of cats who served important roles in the lives of their guardians and the people in their communities. Since it was more akin to a short story collection than a continuous narrative, I thought it wasn't as successful as the first book. It certainly impressed upon me the valuable role that pets play in the l ...more
I really liked the first book about Dewey, so when I saw this sequel appear on the store shelf I picked it up. Then, as is the case with many of my books, it sat on my shelf waiting for me to get to it. And now I got to it. Overall, as a cat lover I couldn't help but love the stories of how cats came into the lives of people who needed what the animals could provide for them. Time and again I could not help but see the hand of God moving in the lives of each of these people to provide light and ...more
I read the original Dewey book a couple months ago, and while I'm not normally a cat person, the story was heartwarming and enjoyable. Therefore, I was interesting in reading the follow-up, though, as the title indicated, this book was meant to tell the stories of those whose lives Dewey touched, whether directly or indirectly. I imagine the most difficult part was choosing which stories to include and which to omit, but clearly 9 stories was appropriate, and Myron chose well.
Some of the stories
Amy Palmer
Jan 29, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dewey fans, cat lovers
"Dewey's Nine Lives" tells nine stories from people whose lives were touched not only by Dewey (either in person or through his book) but were touched by cats personally as well. These aren't simply cat stories, either. They really reveal the person and what their life is like presently as well as before they had their special cat. It's not always pretty, but the story is more complete that way.

My two favorite stories in the book were numbers seven and nine. The last story had a little twist to
When I first got this book I was too excited to pay attention to it, as I thought it was the first Dewey book. Which I had never gotten around to reading before which I had wanted. Either way wanted still to this book. For the most part really loved book, and was really touched by some of the stories in it. Reminded me a lot of ways of myself, and the animals I have rescued over the years. Or to put it really the animals that rescued me. Toward the end though I started to get bored though. Other ...more
Sharon Huether
Dewey's Nine Lives was such a good book. It is the story of a small kitten dumped into a library return drop in Winter, he survived and warmed the heart and lives of all the library patrons;never imposing but showing love to those who wanted it. The head librarian took care of Dewey. Dewey changed lives of the homeless who frequented the library and especially the children when they were at the library in the afternoon.He showed so much love to the peple of Spencer Iowa that when people around t ...more
I liked the book, but it was not what I was expecting. I was expecting more of Dewey's life and how he touched millions. Dewey had nothing to do with these cats. This is about other cats and their legacies. I think this book could have stood on its own, with a brief introduction on how Vicki came to know these stories. As it is, however, it seems like a blatant money-making scheme to profit from the first Dewey book and leaves me cold.
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I was born in Spencer and grew up on a farm south of Moneta, Iowa—a town that no longer exists. I graduated from Hartley Iowa High School and moved to Mankato, Minnesota where I worked, married, had a daughter and went to college. I have a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State and a master’s from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. In 1982, I returned to Spencer, Iowa to begin working at the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dewey Readmore (4 books)
  • Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!
  • Dewey's Christmas at the Library
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
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