Dewey’s Nine LivesBy Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
Every cat’s story is unique, but sometimes that story is told in a way that reaches millions. Such was the life of Dewey, the library cat of Spencer, Iowa. When Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World became an international bestseller, many humans wanted to share the stories of their own cats with author Vicki Myron. Myron picked out nine tales that struck her deeply and put them together in this book. These stories come from everywhere, from right in the town of Spencer to Sanibel Island, FL — and some of these people are friends or acquaintances of Myron’s, while others contacted her after reading the book. Whether it’s a quiet human whose shy cat is a mirror image of herself; or a feline so devoted that when her human had a back operation, she fiercely protected her at bedside; or a cat who showed a Vietnam veteran that it is possible to face darkness and survive with your spirit intact, all these stories have a common thread: they show the healing properties we cats have. While this book has little to do with Dewey’s life (although he does show up in a couple of stories), it has a lot to do with the way Dewey made a difference in the lives of those around him. The cats in these nine chapters may not have touched hearts all over the world in their lifetimes as Dewey did, but they will reach out and rub themselves up against you now. Accept that as this book’s message, and it will not disappoint.