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The swell of dog love that met Cindy Adams everywhere she went after the publication of The Gift of Jazzy made it clear that Jazzy's fans were primed for the next installment. And since, in Cindy's own words, "Yorkies are like peanuts. You can't stop at just one," her decision to bring Juicy into the family gave her ample ammo to do just that. But it wasn't long until her beloved Jazzy—who had become her closest family member and helped her cope with her husband's death—passed away unexpectedly. Cindy was ...

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The swell of dog love that met Cindy Adams everywhere she went after the publication of The Gift of Jazzy made it clear that Jazzy's fans were primed for the next installment. And since, in Cindy's own words, "Yorkies are like peanuts. You can't stop at just one," her decision to bring Juicy into the family gave her ample ammo to do just that. But it wasn't long until her beloved Jazzy—who had become her closest family member and helped her cope with her husband's death—passed away unexpectedly. Cindy was devastated. Jazzy's paw prints had been indelibly imprinted on her heart and nothing and nobody would ever replace him. Cindy was certain she would never love again. But as her relationship with Juicy grew, and the loving, single-minded pooch claimed her rightful place in the center of Cindy's lap, she realized that yet again a wise four-legged companion had shown her that "Life is good. Life goes on." With her signature wit, smarts, and taste for celebrity dish, Cindy Adams shares the life lessons she learned from both her saviors—Juicy and Jazzy.

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With The Gift of Jazzy, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams took time out from being a celebrity hound to become a celebrator of pooches; more specifically, a Yorkshire terrier named Jazzy, whom she received as a gift after her husband's death. In Living a Dog's Life, Jazzy receives a puppy companion, and Cindy learns major life lessons from both of her four-legged friends.
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"Cindy Adams' love affair with her Jazzy and Juicy warms the heart and makes one smile. If I were a pup, I would wag my tail." -Barbara Walters

"For anyone who loves dogs, this book is a must read, an absolute joy." -Liza Minnelli

"Cindy made me laugh and yes, cry, as she chronicled the saga of Jazzy and Juicy, revealing the extraordinary love between humans and their four-legged children. A hilarious, heartbreaking read for those who know that these creatures are really little angels sent down to fill our lives with love and joy." -Catherine Crier, former judge, bestselling author, Court TV host, AND parent to six dogs and four horses

"Cindy's observations are hysterically funny with a lot of humanity and charm. She writes the way she speaks; a very rare gift. Her unique New York brand of humor comes through brilliantly and is a treat for every reader of this book." -Susan Lucci

"You might remember that Cindy Adams is a terrific writer, and in this book you feel the passion of someone pouring forth all the love in her heart for that amazing wonder of nature, the dog. Which is a good thing, because she sure doesn't waste it on humans!" -Dog Lover Bill Maher

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Adams, gossip columnist for the New York Post and author of The Gift of Jazzy, would like everyone to know that she doesn't need a man. After all, she has her Yorkshire terriers. They-Juicy and Jazzy Junior-dominate her life, and she loves them for it. Repeatedly, they teach Adams that "life is good," and she often relays this truism to the reader. Life indeed may be too good to fritter even a few hours on this throwaway read. As in her column, Adams writes in a fast, talkative style, dropping names, telling tales and returning again and again to the better companion dilemma: man vs. dog. The gist is this: the dogs are cute, they love her, she loves them, everyone loves them, she knows famous people, the dogs embarrass her in front of famous people, she loves them more, men approach, men retreat, she loves them even more. Repeat. Although Adams is genuinely heartfelt about her dogs-especially about the death of Jazzy, the star of her last book-240 pages is an awfully long love letter. Adams's fans, Yorkie-philes and celebrity gossip junkies may glean a bit of frivolous fun. Anyone else will likely feel they've been suckered into yet another empty sequel. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Single lady of a certain age who knows just about everyone celebrates her life with small dogs. Gossip columnist Adams follows up The Gift of Jazzy (2003), a bestselling memoir about her beloved, pint-sized canine companion, with this grief-laced sequel. Turns out the titular hero of Adams's first book expired, and much of the present text features her protracted keening about Jazzy's demise. Soon, however, he's replaced by Juicy, who is in due time joined by Jazzy Junior. These two dogs become Adams's babies; indeed, as is the wont of countless canine-obsessed humans, she frequently muddles the distinctions between them and human offspring. The dogs are, in her opinion, far superior to any other sort of companion, particularly the male sort. She takes them everywhere, from Gucci to church to a castle in France. They have play dates and parties with other four-legged objects of affection. They are free to pee on anything and anyone to whom they take a fancy, and they have quite a selection from which to choose: Adams's Yorkies have met countless notable New Yorkers: Barbara Walters, Shirley MacLaine, Susan Sarandon, Henry Kissinger. Friends of Adams, Joan Rivers and Judge Judy among them, think she needs a man, but what guy could ever hope to compete with these twin bundles of furry joy? In the pooches' thrall, our venerable author, a sort of distaff Joe Franklin, remains clever and witty. A sizeable audience of the like-minded will enjoy all the carrying on, though it may prove tediously excessive to those who don't know a Yorkshire terrier from a Yorkshire pudding. A treat for those who heart dogs, an allergy attack for those who don't.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312323776
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.45 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Adams

CINDY ADAMS has written a daily column for The New York Post for twenty years. She lives in New York City with her dogs, Jazzy and Juicy.

Biography

Cindy Adams credits her late husband, columnist and funnyman Joey Adams, with her success as a writer: "My career came because I married Joey," Adams told New York magazine. Adams felt she "wasn't meant to be a housewife," so she wrote for local papers, helping out her husband's cohorts at the Long Island Press from time to time with contacts. It seemed that wherever she went with her husband, she was able to form bonds with the people she met. This ability led to a biography of Indonesia's President Sukarno in 1965; ten years later, she wrote a biography of Jolie Gabor, mother of the famous Gabor sisters. (Both books are now out of print.) When Adams wrote about visiting the ailing shah of Iran for the New York Post in 1979, it was only a matter of time before they offered her a job.

Today, Adams is one of the Post's longest-running gossip columnists. Her catchphrase -- "Only in New York, kids, only in New York" -- gives an idea of her nudge-nudge, wink-wink style. Her rapid, ticker-tape prose is low on pronouns and articles, and her soft-pedal items tend to be about as sensational as Liz Smith's, which is to say, not very. But she has a bit more moxie than Smith, and her freewheeling column isn't afraid to be snarky or self-referential.

This same spirit infused The Gift of Jazzy. After relatively obscure biographies of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Strasberg. Jazzy was the autobiographical account of how a little Yorkie helped Adams cope with Joey's death in 1999. A gift from television producer and friend Michael Viner, Jazzy "weighed two pounds, two ounces and was the size of a rat's ass," Adams recalls. The book is filled with cameos from the likes of Joan Rivers, Hillary Clinton, and Imelda Marcos and studded with minor but not uninteresting tidbits from showbiz (including a tiff with notorious diva Raquel Welch). She notes that many strong women are similarly attached to little, little doggies, including Liz Taylor: "Married so often, she has rice marks on her face," La Liz's only "constant love" was her Maltese, Sugar.

With The Gift of Jazzy, and the heartwarming follow-up featuring Jazzy's successor, Juicy -- Living a Dog's Life: Jazzy, Juicy, and Me -- Adams has had the best venue yet for displaying her sense of humor and her view of a rarefied world -- one where she and her beloved canine companion are sitting right on top.

Good To Know

"I lie about how much I make, I lie about what I weigh, I lie about my sex life and I lie about my age," she said in the New York Times in 2003. "That's all I lie about. I hate liars." She admitted to being "60-something" in USA Today around the same time.

Adams is a founding personality of TV's A Current Affair and has also been an on-air commentator and reporter for TV and radio, including Good Morning America and ABC's Eyewitness News in New York.

She released her own perfume brand in 1977: Gossip by Cindy Adams. She and Jazzy also had a boutique at Macy's, called (natch) Jazzy's of Park Avenue.

Adams's first job was as a model.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cindy Heller Adams (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 24, 1930
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    realy read this honestly *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    Yorkie Pride!

    A great read for anyone who loves yorkies!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2007

    Really Enjoyable!

    I love my dog(Chihuahua)and felt an instant connection to him after reading this book. I laughed I cried,And I just couldnt put it down! I didnt read cindy adams first book but I am going to read it now! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    Heartwarming

    I am almost finished with the bk. Being a native New Yorker and having a little Maltese - I laughed and cried through this book. A quick and easy read that touches ones heart and really gets down to the love and caveats of having a best friend. Must read for dog lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Heartwarming

    We can all relate to the feelings of Cindy in these colorful memoirs. We especially can relate to thinking in your mind at night different things.

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