Dewey (Paperback)

The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

By Bret Witter, Vicki Myron

Grand Central Publishing, 9781538744710, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/6/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print (9/24/2008)
Hardcover (9/24/2008)
Paperback (10/7/2010)
Paperback, Spanish (7/20/2009)
CD-Audio (10/7/2010)
Compact Disc (10/7/2010)
Paperback (1/15/2012)
Paperback (1/1/2009)
Paperback (12/1/2009)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (10/7/2010)
Paperback, French (9/15/2010)

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October 2008 Indie Next List

“When a cold, wet kitten is pulled from a library book-return box on a winter day in Spencer, Iowa, no one could imagine what changes this very extraordinary cat would bring to a town and a library director -- both in need of some good news. More than a memoir, this book is a lesson in love, devotion, and a sense of community spirit.”
— Janet Hart, Bookpeople Of Moscow, Moscow, ID
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Indie Next List Highlights 2008

“When a cold, wet kitten is pulled from a library book-return box on a winter day in Spencer, Iowa, no one could imagine what changes this very extraordinary cat would bring to a town and a library director -- both in need of some good news. More than a memoir, this book is a lesson in love, devotion, and a sense of community spirit.”
— Janet Hart, Book People, Sioux City, IA
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Description



Experience the uplifting, "unforgettable" New York Times bestseller about an abandoned kitten named Dewey, whose life in a library won over a farming town and the world--with over 2 million copies sold! (Booklist)

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.


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.

Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Raised in north Alabama, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, two children and his fourteen-year-old cat Kiki. His other cat, Feasor, died four days after the completion of this book.



Praise For Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

"The book is not only a tribute to a cat... it's a love letter to libraries."—Publishers Weekly

"Myron's beguiling, poignant, and tender tale of survival, loyalty, and love is an unforgettable study in the mysterious and wondrous ways animals, and libraries, enrich humanity."—Booklist, starred review

"Intimate portrait of a place snugly set within its historical moment, preserved in Myron's understated, well-polished prose."—Kirkus

"What an extraordinary story of love, courage and devotion. I will not soon forget the good people of Spencer, Iowa and their wonderful library cat. DEWEY is truly inspiration for the soul."—Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul


"The story of Dewey, author Vicki Myron, and Spencer, Iowa, captures what makes small town life worth preserving--a sense of community. DEWEY rekindles my belief that one person (together with one cat) can change lives. Vicki gives Spencer's famous library cat a 10th life by writing this engaging biography."—Christie Vilsack, former First Lady of Iowa and President of The Vilsack Foundation

"DEWEY is charming, lovely, and moving. It's about life and death and small-town values and, above all, love. Norton would have liked Dewey--the cat and the book--immensely."—Peter Gethers, author of The Cat Who Went to Paris and The Cat Who'll Live Forever