Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki MyronMemoir/Biography
I did not expect to love this book. I expected it to be cheesy and silly and trite. But it was not and I loved every word of it. As good as any dog book I've ever read.
That's saying something seeing as how I am not a cat person. I don't particularly like cats. I mean, I have one, but we are not what you would call bosom buddies. He seems to be more a taker and I'm more a give, so it's an unbalanced relationship. Unless, of course, he wants something. Then, he's all over me but I can tell he's just using me. Dewey reminds me a lot of my cat.
In this sweet story, we meet Dewey who was a small kitten left in the book drop of a small-town Iowa library and rescued by the librarian on the coldest night of the year. What follows is the story of how one little puffball of a kitten captured the hearts of the librarian and the entire town. Dewey was a hit that soon turned into a phenomenon that hit newspapers, magazines, and TV news around the world. It seems so implausible in this litigious age that a library would even be allowed to keep a cat! Of course, all the best stories start off with the implausible and impossible made real.
This is a cat with a great deal of charisma and a story so endearing and so hopeful. A story of the little library that could--how a town and a kitten and a woman all helped one another, if only for a little while.
You do not have to be a cat lover or a book lover to love this book. A streak of sentimentality and a hope for the goodness of mankind is essential, though. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried like a baby for the last half of the book. I especially loved the descriptions of combined biblio- and cat-therapy.