Living a Dog's Life, Jazzy, Juicy, and Me

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The swell of dog love that met Cindy Adams everywhere she went after the publication of her bestseller 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 before her beloved Jazzy?who had become her closest family member and helped her cope with her husband's death?passed away unexpectedly. ...

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Overview

The swell of dog love that met Cindy Adams everywhere she went after the publication of her bestseller 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 before 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. 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—Jazzy and Juicy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312364076
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (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 Junior 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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“For any dog-lovers out there, this one is a must-read.”
Complete Woman
“A treat for those who heart dogs.”
Kirkus
 
“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
 
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
 
“For anyone who loves dogs, this book is a must read, an absolute joy.”
–Liza Minnelli The swell of dog love that met Cindy Adams everywhere she went after the publication of her bestseller 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 before 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.  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 hadshown 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—Jazzy and Juicy.
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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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