Clara, the Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life

Clara, the Early Years: The Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life

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by Margo Kaufman
     
 

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Pugs were dogs. Cute dogs, willful dogs, lovable to be sure, but I was a Human. I was in charge.
        Then along came Clara, and all bets were off.
        Once a pug owner, always a pug owner--or so thought Margo Kaufman, having shared her home with the lovable snub-faced imps…  See more details below

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Pugs were dogs. Cute dogs, willful dogs, lovable to be sure, but I was a Human. I was in charge.
        Then along came Clara, and all bets were off.
        Once a pug owner, always a pug owner--or so thought Margo Kaufman, having shared her home with the lovable snub-faced imps since her college days. But it was not until the 1992 arrival of Clara--petite, imperious, whip-smart, and seductive--that Margo found what it meant to be a pug parent: that a pug could rule her life, and perhaps the world as well.
        Clara, the Early Years is the hilarious story of how a glossy-black, twelve-pound package of canine energy took over Margo's heart and home while charming the pants off the rest of the world. From commandeering the dressing rooms at Saks (where a personal shopper offers Clara Evian in a cut-crystal bowl), to accompanying Margo on her first book tour, to an appearance on PrimeTime Live (where Margo plays a supporting role), the indomitable Clara establishes herself as a world-class personality, a star of the first order. But there is one event Clara cannot upstage, as Margo and her husband, Duke, travel to Russia to adopt an infant boy, and all of them learn new meanings for parent, family, and home.
        Full of the kind of uproarious observations and brilliant insights that have won Margo Kaufman's books and commentary legions of loyal followers, Clara, the Early Years is a laugh-filled portrait of a singularly memorable pet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307824622
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
273,019
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Margo Kaufman is the Hollywood correspondent for Pug Talk magazine as well as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. She is a regular panelist on the syndicated National Public Radio news-quiz program Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! and the author of 1-800-AM-I-NUTS? and This Damn House! She lives with her husband, her son, and two pugs in Venice, California.

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Clara the Early Years 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had looked forward to another story of Clara in her later years. Unfortunately, Margo Kaufman passed away recently. In the book she touched on her battle with breast cancer. Unwilling to let this stop her in her quest for a full life, she and her husband adoped a foreign born son. We shared her journey to far off Russia and learned how complicated and time consuming such an adoption is. I sensed that during all the hectic and upsetting moments of her life, Ms. Kaufman reached out to her animal friends, Clara and Sophie, Clara's 'pug sister', for comfort and a sense of peace. Yes, the story is funny, but it's so much more if one stops to appreciate it. It's the story of a women who fought life's battles while always going forward. The fact that she did this with her 'puggly' campanion, Clara, always at her side brought her comfort and joy, and us the reader, a truly wonderful story to lighten our load as we face this hectic and sometimes cold world. Thank you Margo Kaufman for sharing Clara with us in such a delightful manner. God bless you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! After reading other reviews of this warm tale, I must say, pug owners in particular would appreciate this book. Pug owners are a different breed indeed, we have a greater appreciation for the silly, wacky, campy and we would NEVER EVER trade our lovable little pugs for a lab! The jokes do not get old, they only get better (I guess I could expect that only pug people would get the humor) Pug lovers listen up, read this book, you'll laugh til you cry!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She'll find it. We should just wait until she passes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucky looked at king.