Summer at Tiffany A Memoir Author:Marjorie Hart Do you remember the best summer of your life? New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend, Marty Garrett, arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first ... more »women to ever work on the sales floor?a diamond-filled day job replete with Tiffany blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller's?and the envy of all their friends. Hart takes us back to the magical time when she and Marty rubbed elbows with the rich and famous; pinched pennies to eat at the Automat; experienced nightlife at La Martinique; and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. Between being dazzled by Judy Garland's honeymoon visit to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with Café society, she fell in love, learned unforgettable lessons, made important decisions that would change her future, and created the remarkable memories she now shares with all of us.« less
A great little book for the summer. A very fast read that gives you a peek back in time. The girls got to participate in so many historical situations in one summer it really must have been dreamlike. There are quite a few situations in the book--for example in the elevator and dancing with the sailor, where you can picture yourself because things like that happen to all of us one time or another. The ending is sweet but doesn't go for great gobs of emotion.
This book was a light, fun memior. I did enjoy it, although honestly I was a bit disappointed. I found a bunch of mistakes (most gramatical, spelling, extra word, etc.) in the book, which I think is pretty distracting when reading. Also, the author would switch from past tense to present tense throughout the book, and although I think it was done purposely, I found it a little bit confusing. Overall, I think the story was good and simple, though maybe a little corny. It was almost too wholesome for my taste. It did contain an interesting description of the author's experience of VJ Day in Times Square- I think that was my favorite part of the book. The writing could have flowed better and been more polished, but I'd say this book is worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 4
I loved this book and didn't want it to end! The author was a very likeable character and I enjoyed some of her humorous experiences, events of 1945, and references to living in Iowa. The author did a great job of giving the feel of the saddness and worry of wartime as well as the joys of growing up and gaining independence. I highly recommend this book.
This is a charming little book. The author made me feel like I was seeing through her eyes and processing the impressions through her mind, with its Iowa sensibilities. It also gives a good picture of a little of what it was like to be alive during the war years.