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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Glenn Plaskin Narrator: Glenn Plaskin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A personal memoir by bestselling author and celebrity journalist Glenn Plaskin, KATIE is a moving story about a man who discovers the true meaning of family after adopting a cocker spaniel puppy. Through the magnetic personality of his mischievous dog, the author soon makes powerful connections with several of his down-the-hall neighbors in a high-rise located in the unique Battery Park City neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. First, Katie trots into the lives of Pearl and Arthur, a warm-hearted elderly couple just a few doors down from Glenn. Later, John, a single Dad, and his rambunctious young son, Ryan, also move in and are seduced by Katie's charms.

All of their lives are profoundly changed as they are transformed from neighbors to friends to family, with Pearl as matriarch. The motherless boy finds a "Granny"; his Dad inherits a mother, Glenn discovers a confidante. Set in New York City, we witness nearly sixteen years of antics and family adventures spanning Hollywood high times, bad health, accidents, blustery winters, even the terrors of 9/11. Through it all, the family clings to each other, sharing a deep bond that give each comfort, support and security.

Based upon a widely-read article in Family Circle, here is an unforgettable story about the love that makes a family-one that transcends the hard realities of time, tragedy, and inevitable loss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Katie is an absolutely delightful story, so much more than a memoir. It is a wise and moving story of love found and shared on life's journey and then the inevitable separation. Reading it you will smile even as your eyes sparkle with tears.”

    Mary Higgins Clark

  • “God can appear in many disguises—even as a dog—bringing people together in a spirit of love. All I can say is that I felt 'really good' after reading Glenn's superb book—there can be no higher endorsement.”

    Wayne Dyer, New York Times bestselling author

  • Katie Up and Down the Hall is an absolute delight, a lovely book, and, of course, I fell in love with that beautiful little blond girl. She is a keeper ”

    Betty White

  • “Katie types, she models, she uses a remote, she changes the lives of everyone around her—and she's got a great wardrobe! What dog (other than my own, of course) can do all that? Well Katie can—and it's a fabulous, heartfelt book.”

    Joan Rivers

  • “Katie is a dream come true to the various families living on her floor in a New York apartment. Her heart is so big that she adopts them all, making you wish you were one of them.”

    Mary Tyler Moore

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/10/2014

    " This book is good for those who love to read stories about dogs, especially dogs who touch others and join people together. That is exactly what this is about, and it really made me think of the current situation I'm in. I just lost my dog that I got when I was 6 years old and seeing the hardships of losing Katie that Glenn goes through and the advice his friends give him really opened my eyes. An inspirational story. I didn't want to put it down, and luckily I had plenty of time to read it all the way through in only a few sittings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by L | 2/3/2014

    " Good read. Animal lovers will really enjoy this one. Single man with his dog and how this dog brought this New York Apartment Floor together. She was truly a "social" gal. Lots of laughter and some tears. Enjoyable, worthwhile, quick read. Happy reading... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/28/2014

    " Plaskin's book about his little Cocker Spaniel Katie and their lives together in Battery Park, NYC is a must-read for anybody that enjoys relationship-centered books. Although Katie is the catalyst for many of Plaskin's friendships, the book is about more than just Katie. It is about how we touch those around us, and how our family can be made up of more than just blood relatives. This book is very well-written and compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leigh-ann | 1/23/2014

    " If you know me, you know I love all animals, and that I've been rescuing dogs, cats, and parrots for years. Despite that, I just couldn't get into this book. I couldn't relate to the neurotic author who started out afraid of dogs, and wasn't excited by the celebrity anecdotes. I much preferred "Homer's Odyssey" in the genre, "I'm a New Yorker who survived 9/11 with my special pet", although it's obvious YMMV because I'm the only person here who isn't in love with "Katie Up and Down the Hall". "

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About the Author
Author Glenn Plaskin

Glenn Plaskin, a veteran journalist and celebrity interviewer, is the bestselling author of Horowitz: The Biography of Vladimir Horowitz and Turning Point: Pivotal Moments in the Lives of America’s Celebrities. His profiles and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Daily NewsSan Francisco ChronicleLos Angeles TimesChicago TribuneFamily CircleUS WeeklyLadies’ Home Journal, CosmopolitanW, and Playboy. His interview subjects have included such figures as Katharine Hepburn, Nancy Reagan, Calvin Klein, Senator Edward Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Leona Helmsley, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Donald Trump, Al Pacino, and Meryl Streep. His television appearances include  TodayOprah, and Larry King Live. He lives in New York City.