Love, and all that jazz

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 222 pages

In Love, and all that jazz, Laurie Lewis again shines the clear light of memory on a time of glorious beginnings and hard consequences. At the end of her previous memoir, Little Comrades, it's the year 1952 and the young Laurie is newly married in New York City. But everything is about to change.


Laurie jumps into a wonderfully happy new life with the brilliant, Manhattan-cool, and dangerously charming Gary Lewis. Gary's idealism and longing for poetry in art, life and love are inseparable from his passionate attachment to the jazz scene. It is the time of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and Zoot Sims, among others. Gary's days and nights become a sleepless, drug-and-alcohol-fuelled, nonstop celebration. Laurie is soon forced to run, escaping back to Canada with her child.


Laurie, now a single mother and creating a new life for herself in publishing, discovers the freedom and peace of mind that self-reliance can bring. Love, and all that jazz, can bring defeat. A declaration of independence, on the other hand, can build an exhilarating new existence. It may mean that love can persevere.

 

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Contents

Conjuring Ira I
11
The sunny side of the street
24
Admitting impediments 3 I
37
Miles ahead
50
On the street of dreams
61
Manhattan melody 6 5
79
IO And Lassie comes on Sunday
87
Afternoon with Henry Allen 10 I
101
And my sugar melted away 1 66
166
Saying yes saying no
175
Love it or leave it
179
Tipping point 1 84
184
Seeing is believing 1 88
188
Summertime
195
Thinking about change
200
Beginning to see the light 2 10
210

I3 Wishing on the moon
108
PART
139
Little girl blue 14 1
141
DoublenightSingleday
148
The night we called it a day
158
Come rain or come shine 2 1 1
211
Taking a chance on love 2 14
214
Improvisation 2 19
219
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About the author (2013)

Laurie Lewis is a Fellow of the Graphic Designers of Canada and is Editor Emeritus of Vista, the publication of the Seniors Association in Kingston, Ontario, and director of Artful Codger Press. Laurie began her career in publishing with Doubleday in New York in 1961. She returned to Canada in 1963 to join University of Toronto Press, where she worked in production and design of UTP publications, becoming Head of Design at U of T Press. During her thirty years in publishing, she also taught book design in Guyana, the Philippines and at Ryerson University in Toronto. She moved to Kingston, Ontario in 1991, where she founded Artful Codger Press. Her written work has been featured on CBC and has been published around and about, including Contemporary Verse 2, Queen's Feminist Review and Kingston Poets' Gallery. A chapter from an early draft of her first book Little Comrades was shortlisted for the 2007 CBC Literary Awards in Creative Non-Fiction.

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