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The gift of Jazzy
Adams, Cindy Heller.
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2003.
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x, 256 pages ; 19 cm
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This is the true story of a savvy, seemingly tough columnist who could take on Clintons, Bushes, VIPs from New York to Hollywood--but is taken prisoner by the love of a tiny Yorkie who taught her more about joy and survival than any human could have.
After "The New York Post"'s Cindy Adams lost her husband Joey, finding a new companion was the last thing on her mind. But one day, an unnanounced visitor brought just that, in the form Cindy least expected: a dog named Jazzy. Although Cindy had never considered herself a dog lover before, Jazzy quickly moved from unwelcome surprise to her closest family member. Cindy brings her famous wit, smarts and taste for celebrity dish to the page in recounting her hilarious first year with Jazzy--which gave her a new leash on life.This book will touch anyone who's ever lost someone dear.

Author Notes

Cindy Adams is a columnist for the New York Post. She Lives in New York City

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Married since the age of 16 to comedian Joey Adams, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams found herself very much alone when he died after a long illness. In the aftermath of his death, an unexpected condolence gift arrived--a Yorkshire terrier puppy. In her familiar staccato style, the outspoken New Yorker relates the story of her glamorous life with her husband, his illness and death, and how this little puppy helped her through her grieving process. The bereaved widow is initially doubtful about keeping her new pet, but soon finds the distraction of learning to care for the affectionate and mischievous Jazzy and the process of making room in her life for him bring her joy and renewed hope. Adams does a lot of name-dropping throughout this brief book, which is a bit distracting, and it seems impossible any learned adult would know so little about caring for a pet, but this rather upbeat story may prove helpful to others coping with loss. Kathleen Hughes

Publisher's Weekly Review

New York Post gossip columnist Adams knows nothing about dog care, nor does she care to learn. But when her husband dies and a friend (Michael Viner, head of New Millennium Press) gives her a Yorkshire terrier as a bereavement gift, Adams is forced to confront the ins and outs of owning a pup. For a time, Jazzy (so named because of his frantic energy) is nothing but a pain in the neck, wreaking havoc on Adams's posh uptown apartment and driving the newspaperwoman insane. But after awhile, the furry little critter begins to grow on her, and Adams finds herself head over heels for Jazzy. She reads this trifle of a book with gusto, effortlessly cooing Jazzy's nicknames ("Jazzy-poo," for one) and imitating his little bark. Adams and Jazzy have run-ins with everyone from Imelda Marcos to Sylvester Stallone to Manuel Noriega (usually Jazzy does something to embarrass his owner in the presence of luminaries), and there's enough name-dropping here to choke, well, a small animal. Still, celebrity-related anecdotes aside, Adams is undeniably funny. Her voice alternates between the desperately breathless (as when she's trying to get the dog some Pepto Bismol for an upset stomach) to the angry (as when she's letting Jazzy have it for misbehaving). Yorkie lovers and gossip hounds will get a kick out of this unusual audiobook. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Forecasts, Dec. 16, 2002). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When noted gossip columnist Adams lost her beloved husband, Joey, after 40 years of marriage, she found herself unsure of what to do and how to deal with the loss of someone who had been part of her life since she was a teenager. A few days after Joey's death, she was given a tiny Yorkshire terrier puppy who proceeded to take over her life and steal her heart. Those expecting something equivalent to Cleveland Amory's The Cat That Came for Christmas will be surprised and possibly disappointed. Adams spends much of the book dropping names and talking about the joys of being a columnist and less time on her interactions with her dog. However, it is interesting to hear how Jazzy takes over, even keeping Adams from sleeping so she won't disturb him when he's in her bed. The author also finds ways to include Jazzy in her trips to church, to four-star restaurants, and on vacations even when the dog is quite ill. Adams narrates her own work, and some may find her reading a bit off-putting, but her love for her husband and her dog shine through. For large public library collections.-Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. My Joeyp. 1
2. Jazzyp. 15
3. Call Me Mommyp. 29
4. Our First Christmasp. 39
5. Bed Luckp. 51
6. It's a Dog's Lifep. 63
7. Trainer Hellp. 73
8. Mother's Dayp. 87
9. A Day at the NYPp. 101
10. The Dirty Dogp. 115
11. Don't Fence Me Inp. 121
12. On the Roadp. 135
13. The Apartmentp. 153
14. Prince Jazzyp. 165
15. Shoe Businessp. 179
16. Sibling Rivalryp. 191
17. Jazzy's Phone Fetishp. 207
18. Thanksgivingp. 221
19. Romeo and Jazzyetp. 227
20. Big Women, Little Dogsp. 239
21. Together Foreverp. 249
A Final Wordp. 257