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Book Review: Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter

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Fans of Dewey, the New York Times bestseller about Dewey Readmore Books (the library cat), are sure to enjoy Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions. It tells nine stories (including two about Dewey) about cats and the people who loved them — the people who rescued them, and those whom they rescued.

Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, but they are all signature Dewey stories — heartwarming and inspiring. Author Vicki Myron interviewed numerous feline aficionados who shared tales of the cats in their lives, what made them special, and why they deserve to be raised to Dewey status— prerequisites being perseverance and love.

Having a cat for company can lower blood pressure and soothe the savage breast. A cat’s calming influence can drain tension and make stress less…well, stressful. Those who love cats know the comfort a purring ball of fur curled up in the lap can give. Playing with a kitten is a great cure for the blues, and talking to an adored and adoring cat is better treatment for emotional woes than some therapies. The stories in Dewey’s Nine Lives bear this out.

There is also a bit of history and tourism offered about Sioux City, small-town life, and Iowa. City dwellers longing for escape will enjoy stories of a very different lifestyle.

Filled with poignant stories that may require a few tissues at hand, Dewey’s Nine Lives is an excellent holiday gift for animal lovers and cat fanciers. If you know someone whose life has been changed by a cat—or who has changed the life of a cat for the better — a gift of Dewey’s Nine Lives will be welcome and long-appreciated.

Bottom Line: Would I buy Dewey’s Nine Lives? I collect cat books so that’s a no-brainer — absolutely, positively yes. Release date: October 12, 2010.

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