WSJ marks death of columnist Jeffrey Zaslow by highlighting memorable work

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Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow died in a car crash Friday. The Journal’s Douglas Belkin and Stephen Miller write that Zaslow, who wrote the Journal’s “Moving On” column, had a “rare gift for writing about love, loss, and other life passages with humor and empathy.” They highlight some of his memorable stories and columns:

Zaslow’s website notes several others, including:

The New York Times’ Amy Chozick, who worked with Zaslow at the Journal, also points out two of her favorites:

She also writes that when former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband were interviewing prospective writers about their memoir, Zaslow was the only one who started off by asking Giffords how she was feeling. He co-authored the book with them.

Zaslow’s last book, “The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters,” uses the fitting room at a family-owned bridal shop to tell the stories of women who are about to get married. Zaslow wrote a column in January about what wedding-gown sales say about changing conceptions of marriage.

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  • Anonymous

    Traditional publishing companies don’t have the money to support book tours anymore. As a result, they leave it to their authors or speaker bureaus to craft their own tours. As a result, I’m sure that Jeff probably had scheduled this appearance and Penguin was there to support him in any way they could but short of hiring a driver, all they probably were able to do was supply books. Do not blame this on the publishing company because they don’t make those kinds of demands on authors. It’s unfortunate that something that was set up in a remote town cost one of the most gifted writers of our time his life.

  • Anonymous

    ”100 years from now we will look back on the idea of putting transport trucks and passenger cars on the same roads in the same way we look back on bear baiting now. Madness. ” commetarita re this tragedy in Michigan re JZ

  • Anonymous

    NOTE: ”The Pausch family wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the Zaslow family. While we saw Randy’s death coming, the Zaslow family was blindsided…. Jeff was a loving, gentle, honest, persevering, sensitive, empathetic and brilliant man … Our hearts are breaking with his loss….”

  • Anonymous

    A friend tells me: “Danny, It’s quite possible that in those precise conditions at that exact place and moment, every one of us would have crossed the center line the same way. But it was a fluke occurence, it was a fluke that there was an oncoming truck, and it’s a tragedy that’s not made easier to bear when you try to find something ”sinister” in it.” [Maybe I was over-reacting. In that case, I apologize. -- DB]

  • Anonymous

    and Brian, et all, a friend in Detroit, who was good friend of Jeff’s, tells me I was over-reacting: “Dan, Jeff enjoyed readings and signings, and he understood that while a
    specific appearance might not have been important to him, it was
    important to the bookstore, the customers who turned out, and in this
    case to the city he was visiting. It was also a nice opportunity for
    the woman from Becker’s Bridal who appeared with him to enjoy the sort
    of appreciation Jeff received all the time.” and ”It’s been a tame winter in Michigan. The snow squall he encountered on his way home was the first in the area in weeks. No one foresaw it, and no one foresaw that someone who’d spent his life in cold-weather states would lose control of his front-wheel-drive car.”

  • Anonymous

    @Brian O’Connor, good post and good points, and if it sounded like I was suggesting the tragic crash was the fault of his publisher or PR people at his book firm in NYC, I want to emphasize that i was not blaming anyone. Just asking questions that nobody is asking. Yes, pubbing your book is a DIY operation for most authors these days, Brian, but Jeff was topselling bestseller 5 million copies author, he didn’t have do to this in dead of winter. Yes, he was doing his friends and shop owners a personal favor and that speaks volumes about Jeff’s good good heart. But my question remains: why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-OConnor/586193714 Brian O’Connor

    The book signing wasn’t too far from where the wedding shop is located, and the wedding shop owner was attending, as I get it. Also, why WOULDN’T an author, in Michigan, drive to promote his book in Michigan? Publicizing a book is a do-it-yourself project these days, and Jeff certainly wasn’t the kind of man to think he was too good to go where people wanted to meet him. To suggest this is somehow the fault of his publisher or publicists is irresponsible. 

  • Anonymous

    and question must be asked and answered: why was a bestselling author on a coldFebruary morning driving solo to and from a small bookstore innorthern Michigan, when he did not have to do such a minor book eventfor his new book?. He could have done an interview on Good MorningAmerica or NPR and any other large media outlet, and he could have hada much different arc in life. It seems so sad and a pity that Jeff hadto drive solo in icy conditions from Detroit to Petoskey and back justfor a minor minor book signing event.
    That he bothered to go there says volumnes about his own dedication tohis fans and readers, so on level, bravo to Jeff for agreeing to gothere to sign a few books. But on the other hand, one has to ask hispublishers and PR people: why on Earth was this small book event partof his national book tour? What were people thinking? And why did hego?

  • Anonymous

    I say this with deep respect, as i knew Jeff and he was a mensch among mensches: but: What if Jeffrey had not driven to northern Michigan in the dead of an icy
    winter for a very small book signing event with just 40 people there for
    his latest book, … in Petoskey, 100 miles from home on a Thursday night? Did he really have to go that far,
    overnight, solo driving, just to sign 40 books in a small town? With
    his PR clout and media contacts, why this winter trip, save it for
    summer time no? REST IN PEACE, JEFFREY: a good man gone too soon!”

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