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Summer at Tiffany Paperback – Bargain Price, March 30, 2010
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The details of the time, the mores and concerns of a young lady in this pre-women's-lib period, are wrought quite skillfully and imaginatively by Hart, a first-time memoirist. A cellist by trade, she never lets go of either her Iowa good sense or her little girl's love of all things romantic and exciting. So she becomes a first-rate tour guide through a New York that remains only between Trump-sized towers and well-known chain stores. The drama --- for example, of saving enough CHANGE to take public transportation each day (a nickel!) or trying to figure out what kind of drink to order in an elegant cafe you've read about in movie magazines your whole life --- is small but never really quaint. There is enough in Hart's experiences for even the most jaded techno-kid of this age to find some commonalities between that world and today's.
But it is the girls' experiences in Tiffany & Co. that make the book what it is. After Marty brazenly drags Marjorie into the store and, using a reference that may or may not come through, more or less demands jobs for them --- making them the first female pages in the history of Tiffany --- their lives take a dramatic and fantastic upswing.Read more ›
Even if I didn't write the review well, Ms Hart wrote the book beautifully. I started it last night, and didn't get anything else done until I finished it.
This memoir is a wonderful story of two best friends who decide to leave their Midwestern lives and head into the challenge of life in the big city. They head off to NYC and find jobs working at Tiffany's. This story is wonderful and heart warming and gives an open and honest look at life through the eyes of two young women during a time of change. The friends meet the challenge of limited budgets, proper dress codes, new boyfriends and the backdrop of WWII as it comes to an end. This is a delightful story that is so much fun to read and it gives an understanding of life in the 40's that is impossible not to enjoy.
READING about WORKING at Tiffany!
This wonderful memoir by 83-year-old Marjorie Hart takes place during the summer of 1945 when she and her best friend, Marty, worked as pages at Tiffany & Co., making them the first female employees ever to work the sales floor. As pages, they were responsible for delivering packages to the repair and shipping department whenever one of the salesmen discretely "rapped" on the counter. There is a really funny story about how Ms. Hart mispronounced one of the salesman's names - which would ultimately cause her trouble later in the story -- because she had misunderstood the person who had told her the salesman's name due to the person's thick Brooklyn accent.
What I find almost more interesting than Ms. Hart's memories of working at Tiffany - there's another really funny story about all the stress she endured while riding in the elevator with a bunch of loose pearls bouncing around as she tried helplessly to catch them -- are the ways she tried to save money! For instance, she cashed in empty soda bottles, at a nickel each, to help pay for her $40 round-trip train ticket from Iowa to New York and budgeted her weekly $20 paycheck right down to the last penny (e.g., ride the subway daily for two nickels, eat a sandwich at the Automat for 15 cents, use penny postcards to write back home -- no 3-cent stamps!)
While the book is a fun light read, there's also some serious moments. Even though Ms. Hart is working at Tiffany -- TIFFANY!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am an Iowan and a former New Yorker myself, so I enjoyed reading about familiar places.Published 5 hours ago by midwest glamour
About the best book I have ever read, very charming and heartwarming. I wish she had written other books.Published 1 day ago by Mary
I read this book on the beach in my late teens and still remember it ~14 yrs later! It was truly wonderful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rbash
I couldn't put this book down! It's a marvelous story about New York and Tiffany's at the end of World War II. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eccentric Academic
The author captures your attention and you feel as though you're right there with her. The characters come to life as she tells of her experiences.Published 4 months ago by Mel Timberlake
Good, but lacking enough Tiffany memories. It seemed like she must have seen more of the store and its daily operations. BIGGEST disappointment... Read morePublished 4 months ago by emg55
This was a quick, fun read made better (in my opinion) by the fact that it was a true account.Published 6 months ago by Eileen
I'm a big fan of '40's homefront history. Summer at Tiffany is a nice representation of the era and a delightful read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Citron 95