Experience the uplifting, "unforgettable" New York Times bestseller about an abandoned kitten named Dewey (Booklist), whose life in a library won over a farming town and the world -- over 2 million copies sold!
Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. On the coldest night of the year in Spencer, Iowa, at only a few weeks old -- a critical age for kittens -- he was stuffed into the return book slot of 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 community slowly working its way back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this "was a job I could love for the rest of my life." Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls) it's a love letter to libraries.
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Love Dewey it's touching it made me cry
I love Dewey it is a great book I read it at my local library and loved it so I bought it so I could read it anywhere and also I liked Dewey 9 lives and Dewey has a great storyline it is funny at times sad at others it overall is a great book I rate it 5 stars (only if I could give it ten stars I would...)
Touching and beautiful
This book was so beautifully written, I could feel the love I had for Dewey grow with every turn of the page. To Dewey Readmore Books, you have touched my heart more than a decade after your passing, I'm so sorry I couldn't have been one of your many visitors when you were the official sentry/mascot/greeter of the library in Spencer. This book is highly recommended!!! Just wonderful!!!
I love this book very much! I think people of ALL ages should read this book! This book touched my heart!