Monday, December 13, 2010

DEWEY'S NINE LIVES: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
DEWEY'S NINE LIVES:
The Legacy of the Small-Town Cat Who Inspired Millions
BY VICKI MYRON
with BRETT WITTER

ABOUT THE BOOK:
DEWEY’S NINE LIVES: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions offers nine funny, inspiring, and heartwarming stories about cats---all 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 are shared, and several others who 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 troubled Vietnam veteran whose heart was opened by his long relationship with a rescued cat, these Dewey-style stories will inspire readers to laugh, cry, care, and, most importantly, believe in the magic of animals to touch individual lives.
More information about Vicki, Dewey, and the books can be found online at:http://www.deweyreadmorebooks.com and http://community.penguin.com/_Dewey-the-Cat/group/122380/150186.html. 
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vicki Myron was born in Spencer and grew up on a farm south of Moneta, Iowa-a town that no longer exists. Vicki graduated from Hartley Iowa High School and moved to Mankato, Minnesota where she worked, married, had a daughter and went to college. Vicki has a bachelor's degree from Mankato State and a master's from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. In 1982, she returned to Spencer, IA to begin working at the public library. In 1987, Vicki was named Director of Spencer Public Library and she served in that position for 25 and ½ years. Vicki retired in 2007 to write this book. She currently reside in Spencer.
Find a Dewey community on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deweys-Magic/111732485524854?ref=search.  
 
MY REVIEW:
After the publication of the first book, DEWEY THE SMALL TOWN CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD by Vicki Myron was published, Vicki began to receive letters from all over the world from people who told her how much Dewey’s story meant to them. To back up a bit, this all started when Vicki Myron, the librarian of the public library in Des Moines, Iowa, was surprised one day when she found a small kitten in the book drop. The kitten had nothing for warmth and the weather outside was terribly cold. Vicki knew the books around the kitty weren’t enough to keep it warm and wondered who could do such an awful thing? Long story short, nobody could have ever known how finding and saving this kitten would change the lives of so many people in this town, with Vicki being the first. Dewey, as he was named after the Dewey Decimal System of the library, became a resident at the library and lived there for the next nineteen years, touching so many lives.

Author Vicki Myron read all the letters from people who had learned of Dewey’s brave story and how he had helped so many people. They then shared with her, their stories from their own special cats and so Vicki felt there was more stories to tell, in Dewey’s honor. DEWEY’S NINE LIVES: The Legacy of the Small-Town Cat Who Inspired Millions resulted from nine stories about all kinds of cats. There were so many unique cats and owners but Vicki narrowed it down to these nine and although all the stories share some connection, they are all different depending on the owner and their special cat’s gift. Many of the stories have in common people living with problems like unemployment, alcoholism, homelessness and poverty, as well as loneliness itself. Some of the cats were comfort cats who cuddled and purred at just the right times while others made their owners laugh, or guarded them much like a guard dog would do. However, every story’s writer recognizes how their special cat played a very important part in their lives. Of course, there are even a couple more stories about wonderful things that Dewey did for “his” people.

Whether a “cat person” or not (I’m not, admittedly), you will enjoy this book and be inspired by each and every story just like I was. I found myself so taken with each person’s plight that it was very emotional to read. This is the perfect book for this time of the year, or any time of the year, but if you are looking for a gift for a special person in your life, DEWEY’S NINE LIVES would be a really good choice.

 
 GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNE AT AUTHORS ON THE WEB and
TheBookReportNetwork.com, I HAVE TWO COPIES
OF THIS WONDERFUL BOOK TO GIVE AWAY
 
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+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO DEWEY READMORE BOOK'S WEBSITE HERE AND TELL ABOUT SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU FIND THERE AS THERE IS SO MUCH TO LOOK AT!

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65 comments:

Ronalyn said...

OMG - I LOVED "Dewey". I was crying so much during it! I would love to read this book too.

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CarolNWong said...

The first Dewey book is one of my favorite book. The author's book really touched me and so many other people. I would like to read this book for the rest of Dewey's adventures and those cats tales. I am basically a dog person but I cannot resist cats. Recently our neighbor's cat climbed into the engine area of our to get warm. We had to park our car in the garage to prevent her from doing it again! Cats are special!

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CarolNWong said...

Under "Dewey Candids", you can see some pictures of Dewey that weren't in the book. You also can buy postcards of Dewey.


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CarolNWong said...

I read the excerpt. One stories that the author included was about a cat that survived being attacked by a coyote and smacked by a bear. This is because one of our cats was attacked by a bobcat. She came to me and I drove to the vet's office wondering how she could ever survive that! They stitched her up and she was fine!


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I would enjoy this lovely story greatly. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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The postcards are a great idea and the website is so amazing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This beautiful excerpt introduced me to the exceptional power of Dewey. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Reading Dewey was an experience which I still feel and this book would be even more emotional. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

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I was intrigued with the beautiful and special website which has to much to peruse. All of it is interesting. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

petite said...

I was captivated with the excerpt which held me heart and soul. rojosho(at)hotmail(dot)com

Bethie said...

I think this looks like a heart warming story I would enjoy. I animals and there are so many wonderful animal books lately.

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sunshine9 said...

I'm currently reading Dewey. I'd love to read the 7 stories out of the many, many stories the author had to choose from. Also, I like to support an Iowa author. Greetings from CR
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Ruthie said...

Cats & Libraries...what's not to love!

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I love reading about animals. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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I have the first book and bawled when I read it. Can't wait for this one. Have my box of tissues ready
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Pamela Keener said...

I am a cat person & I love to read about cat antics. I read Dewey & loved it so I know I want to read more.
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Pamela Keener said...

There is so much to look at on Dewey's website. The picture of him curled upin the tax box is adorable as all the others.
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Pamela Keener said...

She received thousands of letters about kitties and was compelled to write the stories of the love between human and kitties. There are so many abuse stories out there but she wanted to write about the love.
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Susan said...

My kitty Jenna passed away 4 years ago. We had her 19 years. She was "my little girl." I haven't been able to get another kitty because the pain of loosing her was so great; I just can't imagine going through that again. But, now I realize how lonely I am. Maybe if I ready about others and their kitties, I can consider getting another cat to love once again.

Susan said...

The Dewey postcards are really cute, especially the one of Dewey on the computer. He sure can sit still, and looks so cute.

Susan said...

"A small animal can change your life." This quote at the end of the prologue has me thinking.

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Anonymous said...

I am an animal person and I would like to read the stories of how cats have been an important part of a person's life like they are in mine.

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gcpeach17 said...

I have wanted this book for so long, I'm not sure why I haven't bought it!! Now I get a chance to win it!! I cannot believe he lived there for 19 years!

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Janelle said...

I would love to read about the many ways that Dewey has transformed lives since the original book!
Thanks for a chance to win this great book!
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Janelle said...

There's a Dewey Writing Contest, & Candids where you can see pix of Dewey, too!
Thanks for a chance to win this great book!
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Janelle said...

Dewey had a unique ability to touch & inspire people toward the expression of their higher selves.
Thanks for a chance to win this great book!
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MRWriter said...

I've heard such good things about this book that I'd like to read how Dewey inspired others.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I'd like to read this book because I loved Dewey.

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allisonsbj3 said...

I like the Dewey Sculpture.

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rubynreba said...

I would like to read this because I am from Iowa and this story is based here. I love to read animal stories and this looks so good!
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rubynreba said...

I loved the sculpture of Dewey!
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I like the way they described Dewey helping others as Deweys Magic.
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Misusedinnocence said...

It looks like a really inspiring story, I would love to read this!

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Laura H. said...

Why do I want to win?
1. I LOVE CATS!
2. I loved the first book!
3. Although it was never determined for sure, Dewey sure looks like a Maine Coon which is exactly like my cat, Monty, so I have a special fondness for this cat!

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Laura H. said...

I loved the "Dewey TV" spots! They are so cute and entertaining; they can't help but make you smile. All of his antics and friendliness with people remind me my sooooo much of my cat except my Monty is black and white.

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Laura H. said...

Reading the excerpt choked me up again and makes me want to read the first book all over again! Thanks for this great giveaway!

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