Thursday, September 30, 2010


One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story—despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this was a job I could love for the rest of my life. Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat—anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls)—it's a love letter to libraries.

Thanks to Hatchette Book Groups, I have 2 copies for you!  Enter by filling out ridiculously easy form here or below.
Must have U.S. or Canada address
No P.O. Boxes
One copy per household
Ends Oct. 21st.


Judy said...

The kitty is go cute.


Cathy W said...

Sounds like a cute story

CountessLaurie said...

I love love love the library! Sounds cute.

Carole Spring said...

After looking over your blog comments, reviews, and giveaways :-) tonight, I decided that you truly are clever and funny - so I am NOW following you via GFC as Carole Spring.

I was not following you on 10/1 when I entered the Venom contest (please feel free to give me an extra 'stalker' entry into that contest).

I listed my delivery address in the form so you can send me 'good stuff' whenever you would like and I am NOT afraid.

Since I have read some great reviews about Dewey, I have decided that I would like to read this book. Thank you for the chance!