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'Dewey once again carries the kitty flag for fans of felines' USA Today --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

About the Author

Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles from Spencer, Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare, she graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University and has a masters degree from Emporia State University. She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty-five years, the last twenty as director. She lives in Spencer, Iowa.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451234669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451234667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very inspirational stories.
K. Prevost
Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions The stories portrayed in this book are heart warming.
Dewey (not the cat)
I would recommend this book to all cat lovers!
Cat Man

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Angela C Taylor on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
truly a delightful book. stories of cat and their owners, or should i say people and the cats that own them. i do think you have to be a cat person to like this book. i enjoyed all the different stories of how cats and their people connect. our pets do become part of our family and can often bring family members together. i believe Vicky Myron took the best of all the stories and again, has written a very funny, witty and fascination book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Julie on March 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 someone's right shoulder, but on page 290 (and in the original book) it states only the left shoulder. I could have done without the drawn out introduction to Vicki's new significant other. The best read and written material in my opinion was actually not even done by Vicki but was authored by Kristie Graham about her cat, Marshmallow. That chapter was humorous and delightful to read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nine stories about cats of all kinds are told in DEWEY'S NINE LIVES. Author Vicki Myron responded to the overwhelming reaction to her first book, DEWEY, by compiling and sharing these stories of other unique cats and their owners. Each tale is different --- depending upon both the individual cat's personality and the circumstances of the owner --- but shares many similarities. In several instances, the cat owner experiences difficulties of some sort --- whether poverty, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, unemployment, or alienation and loneliness. It doesn't matter if the cat is a cuddler, a watcher, a clown, a hunter, or a lapcat. Each holds an important role in the life of its owner or companion. And each human readily acknowledges the value and importance of the cat's companionship and affection.

The felines include, but are not limited to, Mr. Sir Bob Kittens, who does a strange karate-type dance while standing on his hind legs; Tobi, a very timid cat who remains in hiding unless her owner Yvonne is nearby; and Spooky, who likes motorcycle rides --- under 25 miles per hour, that is. Although cats are carnivorous, Cookie loves broccoli rabe. Rusty, a rather large cat, has a taste for people food and loves relaxing in a bathtub full of water. Anyone who has ever owned a cat will confirm that no two cats are alike, and the stories in this book are certainly proof of that.

At a resort on Sanibel Island, Flordia, Tabby rides in the basket of Mary Nan's bike. In the 1980s, Sanibel Island has an abundance of feral cats, and many of them end up at Mary Nan's. First, one cat shows up. Then another. Before long, she and her husband are running an unofficial feline shelter.

As a farmboy, Bill rescues animals and owns a pet raccoon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 for them when something is wrong or inhumane. But sometimes it's forgotten what an animal's love can do for them, the inspiration that they can provide.

Dewey's Nine Lives reminds you that the magic of an animal's love and devotion can be found everywhere, not just in one library in Spencer, Iowa -- but one little cat named Dewey had such an amazing story that it brought out the personal stories of people with their own cats, in such an incredible outpouring of love, inspiration, and most especially, the amazing bond one can have with their precious pets.

Dewey's Nine Lives is such a feel good book that reminds us of the importance of animals in our lives, perfect for the holidays!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams VINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
DEWEY'S NINE LIVES is a collection of personal essays that Vicki Myron and Bret Witter received after the publication of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. It consists of nine personal essays from people whose lives have been enriched by cats, a prologue and an epilogue.

These essays are very heartfelt. The owners (if one really does own a cat!) make readers laugh, cry, and cheer for them. Readers feel what the authors feel and want to keep reading to see how things will turn out.

I regret, though, that I have to stop at a high three-star rating in this case, no higher. Granted, the concept of the story was to show how Dewey and other cats reached people's hearts and saw people through hard times; in some cases the cats even saved people's lives. These people sent their personal essays (and that is what these are!) to Myron and Witter after reading about Dewey in Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. However, Myron and Witter seem to step in during these essays to mention how similar the cat(s) being highlighted in a particular essay are (or are not) similar to Dewey. I would have liked this book better if Myron and Witter had backed off more and let readers see for themselves. It would be reasonable to assume that people who selected DEWEY'S NINE LIVES have probably read Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.
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