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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
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Published October 12th 2010 by Dutton (first published September 24th 2008)
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William Blair
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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This was a good read with a lot of touching stories but it could have been better. I feel like the author interjected so much of her opinion into the stories of others instead of just letting the stories happen that it took away from their meaning. she should have let the stories be told and then commented afterwards.

It was like someone telling a conversation and telling you a story to be constantly interrupted. wit
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Nove Vidas de Dewey é o segundo livro que Vicki Myron escreve sobre o seu grande amigo Dewey, mas este não é exclusivo de Dewey.
O livro encontra-se dividido em 9 capítulos, em que vamos conhecemos diversas histórias de gatos e os seus donos. Histórias reais, em que algumas delas são histórias de vida mais difíceis mas sempre sobre um amor enorme, entre os seus donos e os seu amigos de 4 patas.
São histórias com alguns episódios divertidos mas que também me emocionam (sim, sim, chorei algumas
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foi um bom livro, mas estava à espera de criar mais empatia com as personagens, o que não consegui fazer.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable look at cats and those who love them.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Lydia Presley
Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2010, cozy
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
Mary (BookHounds)
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cat, memoirs
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
I have not read the original Dewey book, but I felt like I now know Dewey and his person, Vicki. This book relates 9 stories shared with Vicki by lovers of Dewey and of Dewey's story. It is indeed his legacy. Vicki says of Dewey that the lessons Dewey taught her were, Find your place. Be happy with what you have. Treat everyone well. Live a good life. It isn't about material things; it's about love. And you can never anticipate love.
In this book also we learn Vicki Myron's story too. If you are
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this thinking it was the first Dewey book. I saw Dewey on a television report and the book has been on my reading list for a long time. It is always checked out. This book was too much for me; I was not able to finish it. The very first story features the loss of a beloved pet and, missing my own deceased pets terribly, this was too upsetting to read. (Which implies the story is well written since it evoked such a strong emotional response.)

For those who can handle it, I am sure these
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2010, adult
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 *
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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)
Jan 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Couldn't even finish it. That hardly ever happens to me.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
My husband and I read/listened to the audio version of this book while on a driving trip. We both enjoyed it. It was well-written and kept us interested throughout. More than just a story about a cat, it was a picture of the effect animals have on humans, and how they can, without seeming to try, insert themselves into our hearts and lives.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
This book is about several cats that the author has leaned about from their owners. She tells the stories behind the owners lives and their connecting with their cats. Each short story is entertaining but I didn't like this book as well as the first book about Dewey. Being a cat person I enjoyed the book but just didn't get drawn into it the way I did the original.
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Cat/pets do change people and they do bring about energy and heard of stories that support the words I used earlier, what made me enjoy the book is the stories that help me in understanding the stories and the people whose lives changed due to cats/pets.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Be sure to keep a box of tissues nearby. This is another heartwarming book about amazing cats and how they changed their people's lives. Amazing!
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody!
I loved this book. It was like a cross of inspiring stories and Chicken Soup For The Soul.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, cartacei
Sono una gattofila e ho adorato questo libro, come il precedente. La mia storia preferita é stata quella di Cookie, un amore così assoluto tra lei e la sua umana.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! I'm a sucker for true cat stories. This one was a quick, wonderful read.
Heather Mores
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not a big fan of short stories, but this book was an exception. The stories were just the right length to read in between other things. I certainly identified with some, but not all, of the stories. Cats definitely leave their paw prints on your heart.
Mark Carnahan
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
excellent I would suggest this book to anybody that has ever loved a pet deeply
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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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