Summer at Tiffany

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
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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 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 Caf 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.

©2007 Marjorie Hart (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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a charming memoir, simply and ably told

this book is so charming! coeds in new york city in the 40's, back when young women could travel to the city for the summer in relative safety, date sailors whom they met at dances at Columbia, and only the well mannered (and male) worked at Tiffany's. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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Wonderful Memoir

What a delightful book! A wonderful peek back into New York City at the close of WW2.A must for those of us not born before the war. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the inside look into the way Tiffany ran its exclusive store.
It is so well written that it took you right into the atmosphere of the department stores, Schraft's, and the Automat where the girls ate their lunch making you feel you were there too.
The narrator was excellent .Just the right tone for the youthful Marjorie a small town girl from Iowa, as she worked that last summer of the War in the bustling city.

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Great time capsule of era.

loved the book. The details. would make a nice movie. would recommend to anyone who wants to know About post WW2 history.

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A Dream Come True!

The sweetest true story there ever was! A young girl's recount of her war-time summer in Manhattan where she gets a dream job (historically only awarded to men) with her best friend during a summer away from school. Brought back memories of high school working with my best friend at a local retail shop. :) Sweet, funny, interesting - very easy and light read but a perfectly pleasant story.