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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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PN4874.A27 A3 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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

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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

Some writers are so careful with their prose that it seems each sentence has been crafted with a thoughtful combination of precision and grace. Then there's Cindy Adams. A New York Post columnist for 20 years, Adams is like a slap where a kiss is expected; she doesn't want to build a house of words-she wants to blow one down. And huff and puff she does in this small memoir about receiving a Yorkshire terrier as a gift after her husband's death. After explaining why she named the dog "Jazzy" (because of his frantic, jazzed-up energy), Adams details the pup's tendency to piddle on clothes and his propensity for getting Adams into tricky situations, e.g., getting locked into a hallway with Imelda Marcos. Delivered with Adams's rapid-fire, detail-free style, these adventures are wearying at first, but the book begins to do to the reader what the dog, predictably, does to its owner: charms through sheer force of will and sweet bumbling. Although Adams chronicles what it's like to be a new widow, she also recognizes the absurdity of finding comfort in a teensy dog that likes bones from Gallagher's steakhouse and drinks Poland Spring in a posh New York apartment. This self-consciousness, mixed with Adams's descriptions of truly humorous incidents, make the book a guilty little treat, gobbled up in one bite on those nights when all that carefully crafted prose seems a bit too thoughtful, and decidedly unjazzy. (Feb. 14) Forecast: Blurbs from Rosie O'Donnell ("Two paws up!"), Liz Smith, Judge Judy and others will jazz up sales for this one, as will a national author tour. (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