Monday, April 21, 2014

Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron

Dewey's Nine Lives:  The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter - 306 pages

Unlike the first Dewey book, this one is a collection of nine stories inspired by Dewey Readmore Books.  Dewey himself only appears in a few, but the rest are about lives he touched either directly or indirectly.  Here are a few examples of the stories:  Dewey helps a patron who recently lost her own cat to recover from her pet's death; a tale of a "crazy cat lady" who when dementia set in thought all cats were Dewey; a Vietnam vet with PTSD recovers with the help of a kitten; the story of a cat who's beginning wasn't so different than Dewey's; and how a cat helped the author fall in love again.

When I checked this book out, I was hoping for more Dewey stories.  Alas, it was not to be and I was sorely disappointed.  The Dewey stories were expansions on ones from the first book but with additional background on the other people involved.  The stories about other cats were shared with Vicki Myron, the librarian at the library where Dewey lived, after Dewey's death.  While she stated that she thought these stories were touching, I wonder if she wanted to profit once more on Dewey's stories.  There was simply too much background information in each story to make them enjoyable.  The book could have easily been half the size or less.

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