When Ben Gazzara and his wife, Elke, reluctantly agree to adopt the pet dachshund their daughter no longer wants, the couple unknowingly takes a new member into their family. Neither of the Gazzaras is a "dog person," and the sudden presence of a pet in the lives of these jet-setters appears at first uncertain. However, the ever-sweet, playful, and surprisingly smart Maxi immediately endears herself, and soon she becomes the Gazzaras' unlikely "child" in the empty nest of their Madison Avenue townhouse. The little dog accompanies the pair everywhere to the theater, restaurants, dinner parties, world-class hotels, receptions for heads of state, and even the dentist. Madison Avenue Maxi is the story of a love affair between a dog and her owners. With heartfelt humor and a dog lover's eye, Gazzara chornicles Maxi's antics in Manhattan as well as at their second home in Tuscany and over travels to the French Riviera, Brazil, Spain, and other luxurious locales. Along the way she meets celebrities such as Roman Polanski, Gena Rowlands, John Voigt, Danielle Steele, Gay Talese, Peter Bogdanovich, New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Frank Gehry. Madison Avenue Maxi is a warm, touching memoir of man and woman'sbest friend.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
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About the Author
Elke Gazzara is a former fashion model who has been married to Ben Gazzara for thirty years. She lives in New York City where she sells a line of handmade, boutique dog coats. Her coats have been featured on the Today Show and in the New York Post. This is her first book.
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Madison Avenue Maxi based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Every thing the synopsis says of this book is true. This is story about an absolutely adorable dog who gives his owner so much joy in there life. It shows how important a pet can be. This couple who never had a pet have given their life a wondeful treat.
This book was okay, but there are many other pet related books I've enjoyed more. I feel that the author is a bit egocentric, throwing in expensive brand names, or trying to sound better than the rest of us because she lives on Madison Avenue, owns a home in Umbria, and has traveled to many upper class parts of the world. On the flip side, it's nice to see that her dog is living such a grand life. All furry family members deserve the love and affection that Ben and Elke Gazzara give their dog.
'Madison Avenue Maxi' is a charming, well-written story that lovingly chronicles the journey of an adorable little dachshund and her famous people-parents, Elke and Ben Gazzara. I enjoyed the book very, very much. While to some people, on the surface, this may seem like a simple book about a world-traveling dog and the movie stars, politicians and movers and shakers that she meets with her parents, this book is MUCH deeper than that. Honestly, when I read it, I cried. Maxi and her tale merely set the stage for a series of touching events that unfold in normal people's everyday lives: family struggles and discontent blossom into love, serious health problems become beautifully inspiring and healing moments, friendships grow and change, hardened hearts soften and in spite of unforeseen challenges, life does go on . . . and it goes on with style, with joy, with chins up and with a few barks and wags along the way. Elke Gazzara paints a vivid picture of her 'best friend' Maxi that will touch your heart and make you wish you had a Maxi of your very own. But don't take my word for it!!! Read for yourself. )