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.
About Margo Kaufman
Margo Kaufman is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and a regular panelist on the National Public Radio news-quiz program, Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! Kaufman is the Hollywood correspondent for… More about Margo Kaufman