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“For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)—they are experiences,” … Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron... A Review

The Legacy of Dewey The Small Town Library Cat...

A few weeks ago on Memoir Monday I shared a book about Dewey, the little kitten that someone threw away in a book deposit on one of the coldest days of the year in a small mid western town in Iowa. (Here's the LINK for the review if you missed it!) That book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron was read by millions of animal lovers, and if you read it you know how touching the story was. Vicki toured the country to promote her book about Dewey, and in the course of that book tour, people shared their own stories with Vicki, the stories about the cats that they had shared their lives with... Vicki has taken some of those stories and added some new Dewey stories to bring us another wonderful testament to how the love of animals can make our lives better in her new book, Dewey's Nine Lives. Here's the blurb from the publisher...

"Dewey's Nine Lives is compromised of nine inspiring, funny and heartwarming stories about cats told from the perspective of "Dewey's Mom", librarian Vicki Myron. The amazing felines in this book include Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told adventures and amazing legacy are chronicled, but several others whom Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her. Vicki learned, through extensive interviews and story sharing, what made these cats special, and how they fit into Dewey's community of perseverance and love. From a divorced mother in Alaska who saved a drowning kitten on Christmas Eve to a post-traumatic-stress disorder-suffering veteran whose heart was opened by his long relationship with a rescued cat, these Dewey-style stories will inspire reades to laugh, cry, and, most important, believe in the magic of animals to touch individual lives."

In the same wonderful way Vicki shared her story of Dewey in her first book, animal lovers, and cat lovers in particular, will enjoy reading Dewey's Nine Lives. I know I did! Her writing style is easy going and relaxing. These are heartfelt stories that will have you hugging your furry friend. And like the people that shared their stories with Vicki along the way, the story of Dewey made me think of and be thankful for the special furry babies I've shared my life with.

There is also a I Believe in "Dewey's Magic" story contest, where you can submit a letter to Vicki telling her about a cat that has inspired you. The winner of the contest will have their story told in the paperback version of Dewey's Nine Lives. You can find all the details about the contest and how to enter at Penguin Books. The book will be available from your local bookstores starting Oct. 12th!

*I want to thank Dutton Publishing for sending along a review copy! Thank you!

44 comments:

Bethie said...

Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Sheltiemama said...

I'd love to read this.

Bonus: My Sheltie inspires me. The best part of my day is snuggling up with him in bed at night and reading.

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Linda said...

I've been fascinated by Dewey ever since I first read about his story. This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Bethie said...

Bonus Entry
My dog Rocco inspires me. He is so patients with my little boys. He just adores them.

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read Dewey's Nine Lives :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Our two small dogs inspire me all the time with their energy and undonditional love :) Pepper is a salt and pepper, 15 pounds, three-year-old female miniature schnauzer. Mitzi is a black and tan, 7 pounds, two-and-a-half-year-old female dorkie (dachshund/yorkie designer hybrid).
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holdenj said...

I would love to win this lovely sounding collection! Thanks!
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holdenj said...

Our beagle is a sweetheart and inspires me to be a better dog parent by taking time to play with her and walk her etc! She brings a lot of joy to us.
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mrsshukra said...

I would like to be entered, thanks!

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Shannon said...

Thank you for including me. =)
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Shannon said...

My animal friend is actually covered in feathers. He's always ready for a snuggle when he's not cranky. =)

Linda Kish said...

Please include me.

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Linda Kish said...

My terrific little min pin keeps me going by making me walk for long periods every day.

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Myra C said...

Sounds good, I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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amandawk said...

I would love to win this. Thanks!
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

Martha Lawson said...

I would love to win this one. It sounds terrific. I have 2 dogs myself.

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brandiheather said...

I have wanted to read this FOREVER!!! :) Please include me in the giveaway.

brandiheathersreviews at gmail dot com.

Bonus: I have a mini poodle that is my life. She has helped me through so much, and I certainly wouldn't be who am I today if not for her. I know people think that is crazy, but she loved me and stayed with me when I needed it most, and that is inspirational!

BrandiHeather @ A Writer's Review

rubynreba said...

I've really been wanting to read this. I love books about cats!
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rubynreba said...

My Furry friends, Ruby and Reba, both inspire me. They were both farm cats and we brought them into our home in town and they act like they have always lived here! When I am feeling down one of them comes and sits on my lap and purrs and makes me feel better!
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sunshine9 said...

I love books about cats. Count me in.Thanks for the giveaway.

LeAnn/sunshine9

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sunshine9 said...

My cat Moonlight inspires me. She helps me to remember to be in the present. She is sensitive to my daughter's and my moods and knows how to cheer us up.

sunshine9/LeAnn

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Roy said...

I love Dewey! I would love to win this...

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Roy said...

My cat inspires me with her patience with my children and how loveable she is.

stpand said...

Please enter me, thanks!

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debbie said...

I would love to read this. I really enjoyed the first dewey book.
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debbie said...

I have a cat Patty, that is 18 years old. I rescued her and her sister when they were 2 weeks old. She is grouchy, and not moving as quickly, but she is so intelligent. She responds better than any dog I have ever had. She keeps me company, no matter what is happening.
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Sandra K321 said...

Please include me in the Dewey draw.
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Sandra K321 said...

My furry friend Scooter is laying next to me snoring at the moment. He is a 7 year old yellow lab who either spends his day sleeping or going 100mph.
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Amy said...

Cats are amazing animals. Loyal, loving, very smart. I love the story about Dewey and how he touched the lives of so many people and will continue to because Vicki Myron is telling his story.

Please enter me in this giveaway!
Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

Amy said...

Sadie is one of my cats that inspires me. My husband and I found her over a year ago, a small, dehydrated, hungry, flea-infested kitten struggling just to walk down the sidewalk. We took her in & fed her, rushed her to the vet the following morning after she had 2 seizures. We were told by our vet that Sadie had had a very rough start in life and was in poor health & failing because of a lack of food, water and love and nurturing. We took her home and gave her lots of love and as much food and water as she wanted. She slept on the bed for 3 months, just getting up to eat/drink or use the litter. And then suddenly one day, after eating, she didn't go back to the bed to sleep, she started to explore the room she was in. As the days passed she became stronger, more alive and more like the kitten she should have been from the beginning. It was fantastic to see her open up and start to enjoy her life! Today she is fiercely independent but lotal and loving and a little spitfire!
Go Sadie!

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sohamolina said...

Dewey is ADORABLE.

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sohamolina said...

Our furry friend who inspires us is our daughter;s cat, Brown Kitty. She is so loved that you can't do anything but love it even more.

madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

I have been meaning to read the original Dewey book also. We are huge cat people so I'd love to win this book.

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madwoman-doing-cartwheels said...

My furry friend is multiplied times 8:
Buddy, Sweetie Pie, Miss Shadow, Bellagodiva, Gracie, Smokey, Lily & Ito. We live in the little Green "cat house" in he country and we are just the servants.I'm tripping over many cats and many books.

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Brenda said...

I would love to win a copy of Dewey's nine lives.

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Brenda said...

My furry friend is Blue, a buff/yellow tiger cat who is 10 1/2 years old. He knows when I am upset about something or not feeling well, and will comfort me by snuggling close to my face while I'm in bed. It goes both ways -- we both grieved for a long time when his brother, Red, was killed. If I am petting his head and stop (maybe because I'm falling asleep), a paw will come up and gently stroke my cheek. Or the tongue comes out to give me kisses.

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amandawk said...

My furry friend is my cat Newton. He is always curled up next to me when I am reading.
amandarwest at gmaildotcom

hendy said...

What a cute book, perfect for this month and it's celebration of our pets.
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hendy said...

The furry pet in my life is my parents cat Monty. Since all the kids are out of the house he has provided the perfect fix for my mom's empty nest syndrome.
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PowerSweepstaking said...

another Dewey book to pass around the house

PowerSweepstaking said...

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Tooty, replaced our 15 year old Lhasa apso Mercedes, less then 72 hours after Mercedes left us for the Rainbow Bridge. Tooty, is a pure bred English Setter whose owner had a Brain Aneurism and passed the same week as our Mercedes. Tooty suffered her loss the same week we did this past April, it bound us together for the rest of our lives.

Aik said...

I'd love to enter!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I'm inspired by my cousin's dog called Sugar. She is full of excitement and energy!

Suzanne said...

And the Winner is... Debbie, whose inspiration is her 18 year old cat Patty! Congrats Debbie! And Thank you to EVERYONE who joined in on the fun and shared all the special stories about their furry (and feathered) friends!

The Giveaway has ended, the winner announced, and now I've edited the post to highlight just the review! Thanks!

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