I've been busy reading while recovering from my recent surgery.
For starters, I revisited one of my favorite books of all time, Every Night, Josephine! by Jacqueline Susann.
You're probably thinking I look too young and innocent to read Jacqueline Susann, who shocked readers in the 1960s with her scandalous and iconic novel, Valley of the Dolls.
What you may not know is that Jacqueline Susann's first published book was a heartwarming and witty memoir about her beloved poodle, Josephine.
Jacqueline and her husband, Irving Mansfield, were both in show business, and living in a residential hotel in New York City in the 1950s. They knew absolutely nothing about dogs. Irving claimed he didn't even like them! But Jacqueline got it in her head that she wanted a poodle, and as with everything else in her life, nothing was going to stop her.
Of course, once Josephine entered their lives, the Mansfields didn't stand a chance. Josephine, a black toy and miniature cross, took over their lives and their hearts, wrapping both Jacqueline and Irving around her little paw.
Over the course of her long life, Josephine used her charms on everyone she came in contact with, including movie stars and live television audiences!
This is the story of true love. I highly recommend it.