Just in time for the holidays comes Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions, a sure-fire hit for cat lovers.
Unless you’ve spent the past two years stranded on a desert island, you’ve no doubt heard of Dewey Readmore Books, the ginger-colored library cat whose charm and charisma drew visitors from around the world to the small town of Spencer, Iowa. When Dewey died at the age of 19, his obituary was carried in 275 newspapers around the world. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, released in the fall of 2008, quickly became a #1 New York Times’ bestseller (read the Moderncat book review here).
Author Vicki Myron (working, once again, with co-author Bret Witter) is quick to point out that Dewey’s Nine Lives is not a sequel, but a collection of “nine stories of extraordinary cats and the people who loved them.” Three are Dewey stories Myron wasn’t aware of when she was working on the first book; the other six are stories that originated in letters she received in response to Dewey.
Indeed, it was this unexpected outpouring of support (more than 3,000 letters, e-mails, and packages in the first year of the book’s publication alone!) that prompted Myron to write Dewey’s Nine Lives:
In a way, I think, the book made it acceptable to tell a stranger, even if that stranger was only me: “I love my cats. They are important. They are my friends. They’ve changed my life. When they die, I miss them terribly.”
One of Dewey’s greatest strengths—and perhaps a key reason for its astonishing success—was its straight-shooting, hometown sensibility. Myron’s latest effort is no different in this regard:
I can’t tell you that you will like every action taken by the people in this book. You will not… No story has been changed for this book. Nothing has been glossed over. This is not The Cat Whisperer or a guide to kitten care. This is a collection of stories about the way real cats and real people live.
If her first book is any indication, there’s an eager audience for such tales. No doubt Dewey’s Nine Lives will make its way into the hands (and hearts) of readers hungry for more this holiday season.
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