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What Would Audrey Do? Hardcover – April 10, 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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An elegant ode to Audrey style. Sainsbury's Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

PAMELA KEOGH is a journalist, editor, author and lifestyle expert. She has worked at US magazine and Fashion Week, and contributed widely to Town & Country, British Vogue, Self Magazine and the New York Times "Styles" section. She is best known for her books, including the international best-seller on Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Style (1999), and Jackie Style (2001) -focusing on former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Both are published by Aurum. She is also author of three other books also published by Aurum: Elvis Presley: The Man, The Life, The Legend (2004), What Would Audrey Do? (2008) -a guidebook on navigating our modern age with the generosity, style and sophistication of Audrey Hepburn- and Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? (2010). Her work has been featured and reviewed widely in the media, including the Today Show, Larry King Live, Vanity Fair and People magazine. She lives in New York. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592403727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592403721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
But I just couldn't get into it. I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and, after reading "What Would Jackie Do?" (a book that I absolutely love) I figured this book would be even better. It is just a biography of Audrey's life, lightly touching on how she would have handled particular situations. It was a good book, but the title was misleading. If you want a slightly different type of Audrey biography, then this is a good book. However, if you want a guide to living an Audrey-inspired life, you may not want to get this one-it will leave you disappointed.
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Are you looking for wisdom gleaned from the life and style of Audrey Hepburn? If so, then this book is for you.

This utterly charming book is a clever blend of biography and commentary that is meant to show us how we can emulate one of the all-time style icons not only in her fashion sense, but also in the remarkable way she lived her life.

The book travels somewhat chronologically through Audrey's life: through her childhood experiences in the war, her fantastic rise to stardom, her failures and successes in love and marriage, her dedication to charity, and finally to her passing from cancer in 1993. Woven into the elucidation of the many chapters of Audrey's life are author Pamela Keogh's observations on how we can apply Audrey's wisdom to similar situations in our own lives.

I especially enjoyed reading about how Ms. Hepburn insisted on being professional in all her work sitations, and was noted for being gracious and charming with all the people she came in contact with. Unlike much of Hollywood today, Audrey was a model of decorum.

This is much more than a book on Audrey's style...so much so that if you are interested soley in information on Ms. Hepburn's wardrobe choices, you may be disappointed. While there are nuggests of fashion advice throughout the book, the real focus is on how to live a remarkable life. In this sense, Ms. Keogh has created a fascinating and remarkably original book that anyone, regardless of their interest in fashion, can learn from and enjoy.

Jennifer Skinner
Author of The Very Small Closet
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As a huge Hepburn fan, I found this book to be just...okay. There are no pics of Audrey, just mimikky drawings. And though the advice is good, I don't beleive Audrey Hepburn would have populated any store just because the author thinks she would if Audrey were alive today. Furthermore, the book suggests that you can only shop here or buy that to be "truly Audrey." But what everone needs is to carry her spirit more than her "look." Unfortuneately, this book never really shares this enough with the reader. A far better book would be "How To Be Lovely," by Mellisa Hellstern. It is brimming with quotes and photos of Audrey at every stage of her life, and isn't afraid to show the close-ups of Audrey as she aged without the help of a scalpel. Audrey Hepburn proved the old adage, To be beautiful on the outside, you must first be beautiful on the inside.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm aware that there have been lots of good reviews about this book and frankly, I'm baffled. I have never written a negative review about a book before and it hurts me to do so, but I feel a responsibility to shed light on this book before someone like me buys it and puts it down in regret.
I expected that this was going to be a witty, informative book, loaded with little-known Audrey stories and information about how readers could practice Audrey-like style and manners, in today's world. However, it turned out to be poorly constructed and repetitive, utilizing barely-helpful guidelines and anecdotes. The author's text is conflicted; sometime modern, other times old-fashioned, sometimes reaching for humor, other times taking itself too seriously. She begins the book by demeaning herself and the reader by talking about how much better Audrey Hepburn is than all of us and mentions that of course, we could never achieve Audrey's level of beauty, but we can try. She often speaks in a tiresome Royal "we" as though she exists within Audrey's inner circle.
Despite all of these issues, I did learn some interesting things about Audrey to which I might not have otherwise been made privy. Unfortunately, there weren't enough of them to keep me interested in the read. If you are a person who values the written word and the intentions that lie within, you will probably not enjoy this book.
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What Would Jackie Do jumped into my arms at the bookstore a few years ago and has been one of my favorites ever since. Audrey doesn't quite come up to that standard, and that surprises me, because in many ways I admire Ms. Hepburn more than Mrs. Onassis, but it is great fun, well worth a read, and it is sitting next to What Would Jackie Do on my bookshelf ;)!
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This is one of the books that Amazon offered for a very special price! The trio of books was in honor of what would have been Audrey's 85 birthday! Buy yours while they still offer the trio. This is the best book a Mother could buy for her teenage or older daughter(s) to teach the proper ways of being a lady. I find the book much more enlightening than some of my collection of books on manners, which I bought except for my last one, which my Mother purchased because it is a totally humorous take on manners but this book would be my choice if I had daughters. It's a Mother's job to teach her children proper etiquette but why not do it the easy way with this charming book that makes Mother's work simple: just gift wrapping it upon arrival and giving it as a surprise.
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