The Cat Connection

Author Vicki Myron discussed her best-selling book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, on December 3, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Dewey hit No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in November. Check out this bestseller or other books that feature the unique connections humans have with cats and other animals.

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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
By Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter
The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the library. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

James Herriot's Cat Stories
By James Herriot
An ideal match of author and subject: James Herriot and the adorable felines that delight so many millions of pet fanciers around the world. This warm and joyful volume of stories collects some of the Yorkshire vet's favorite tales about one of his favorite animals--each memoir as memorable and heartwarming as the last.

The Cat Who Covered the World: The Adventures of Henrietta and Her Foreign Correspondent
By Christopher S. Wren
Over 17 years and tens of thousands of miles, Henrietta the cat became a plucky companion to foreign correspondent Christopher S. Wren. This is his hilarious and poignant account of their adventures over four continents, and also the tale of an American family coping with chaos in faraway places with the help of their resourceful cat.

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The Cat Inside
By William S. Burroughs
Burroughs is best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of Naked Lunch, but he has another side. America's leading literary outlaw writes with unexpected tenderness and signature intensity about his, and our, "animal others"--a meditation on the long, mysterious relationship between cats and their human hosts.

The Cat Who Came For Christmas
By Cleveland Amory
It was the night before Christmas when a bedraggled stray white feline entered the home, and heart, of Cleveland Amory. At first the relationship seemed a clash of two stubborn wills, but despite the battles, Polar Bear did finally recognize his new name, while he settled into a comfortable friendship. This book is a delightful true tale for anyone who has ever been owned by a cat or any pet.

Cat People
By Margaret and Michael Korda
Beginning with Margaret Korda's passion for cats, and her husband's reluctant transformation into a cat person, the Kordas introduce readers to a hilarious assortment of people whose lives revolved--often to an extraordinary degree--around their cats.

Animals & humans

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Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl
By Stacey O'Brien
Written with the same heartwarming sentiment that made the memoir Marley & Me, biologist and owl expert Stacey O'Brien chronicles her rescue of an adorable, abandoned baby barn owl--and their astonishing and unprecedented 19-year life together.

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
By Ted Kerasote
A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine. Author Ted Kerasote presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Kerasote's adopted Labrador mix, Merle, showed the author how dogs might live were they free; the author suggests how they should be allowed to live and the doors that should always remain open to them.

Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--And Formed a Deep Bond in the Process
By Irene M. Pepperberg
From Alex's first words to his sudden death, Alex & Me tells the story of a delightful and mischievous parrot who rocked the scientific establishment. Yet his real story can't be found in any science journal--the story of a relationship, with its affection, jealousy, and lifelong rewards.

Amazing Gracie: A Dog's Tale
By Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff
By turns funny, moving, tender, and inspiring, Gracie's tale is a treat for every dog lover. There is Gracie's first morning, racing around Dan in the snowy yard. Gracie's first determination to prove to her step-sisters, Dottie the Dalmation and Sarah the Black Lab, that she's one of the girls. Gracie's defiant romance with a pint-size charmer named Byron, a Boston Terrier from the wrong side of the fence. Then born of necessity, the eureka moment: When Gracie's delicate constitution starts turning into anorexia, Dan teaches himself how to cook, and in three days is baking her the cookies that will spur her appetite, launch Three Dog Bakery, and transform their lives forever.

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
By John Grogan
In this funny, poignant memoir about a wildly neurotic Labrador retriever named Marley, Grogan relates how he and his wife came to understand what really matters in an unforgettable tribute to the lessons Marley taught them about loyalty, exuberance, and passion.

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