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New N.Y. Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson's upcoming puppy book

June 3, 2011 | 12:18 pm

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On Thursday, the New York Times announced that former investigative reporter and editor Jill Abramson, who has been serving as a chief deputy to Executive Editor Bill Keller, will replace him. Abramson is expected to take over her new duties Sept. 6.

Keller will become a full-time writer, the newspaper reports. Abramson is a writer herself -- and although she's reported from Washington and Wall Street, her upcoming title isn't about business or politics.

It's about puppies.

Puppydiaries Actually, that's not quite true. "The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout" is based a series of columns she wrote in the Times about her new golden retriever. The 256-page book expands on what ran in the paper, and although a copy has not made its way to Jacket Copy, it does have an awfully cute cover.

"The Puppy Diaries" is being published by Times Books, which describes it this way:

Part memoir, part manual, part investigative report, The Puppy Diaries continues Abramson's intrepid reporting on all things canine. Along the way, she weighs in on such issues as breeders or shelters, adoption or rescue, raw diet or vegan, pack-leader gurus like Cesar Millan or positive-reinforcement advocates like Karen Pryor.

"The Puppy Diaries" will be published in October. Chances are Abramson will be too busy with her new responsibilities to go on book tour, but maybe Scout will show up for a few signings.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Newly named New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson, center, with new Managing Editor for News Dean Baquet, left, and outgoing Executive Editor Bill Keller, right. Credit: Fred R. Conrad / Associated Press

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