Opening Sentence:There is a thousand-mile table of land in the middle of the United States, between the Mississippi River on the east and the deserts on the west.
Synopsis:On the coldest morning of the year, Vicki Myron found a tiny, bedraggled kitten almost frozen to death in the night drop box of the library where she worked, and her life – and the town of Spencer, Iowa – would never be the same.
Vicki is a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm and an alcoholic, abusive husband. But her biggest challenge as the new head librarian in Spencer was to raise the spirits of a small, out-of-the-way town mired deep in the farm crisis of the 1980s.
Dewey, as the towns people named the kitten, quickly grew into a strutting, adorable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches, and whose sixth sense about those in need created hundreds of deep and loving friendships.
As his fame grew, fans drove hundreds of miles to meet Dewey, and people all over the world fell in love with him.
Through it all, Dewey remained a loyal companion, a beacon of hope not just for Vicki, but for the entire town of Spencer as it slowly, steadily pulled itself up from the worst financial crisis in its long history. Dewey won hearts and proved to everyone he encountered that unconditional love comes in many forms.
Rating:@@@@ 1/2 (Can’t decide between 4 and 5, so I’m gonna take the cowards way out and pick halfway between lol)
Comments:This is, in essence, a biography of a cat. Not just any cat, of course, but the most famous library cat in the world. Anyone who has ever befriended or enslaved themselves to a cat will relate to the antics of Dewey. The author tells us that he was charismatic and caring, and one only has to look into his eyes (pictured on the cover) to know that this is no mere exaggeration. The love Vicki feels for this amazing cat (dare I call him a hero?) is evident in every word, and by the end of the book you will love him too. You’ll laugh, you’ll groan and you’ll weep, but one thing you will not do is forget this book, or it’s subject – and what more can author hope for?
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