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summer at tiffany

Praise for Summer at Tiffany:

“Every once in a while a book comes along that is everything one wants it to be; such is the case with Marjorie Hart’s Summer at Tiffany. Hart’s infectious telling of her wide-eyed introduction to New York City during the summer of 1945 is charming and fun…Hart offers a rare behind-the-scenes peek at the iconic store, where Marlene Dietrich, newlyweds Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, a steady stream of the 400, and ‘Old Man Tiffany’ himself come through the doors…reminiscent of Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything and Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Equally compelling is that Hart was able to recreate the essence of that summer decades later, developing the book at the urging of her grandchildren and then having it discovered at a writers conference.” –BookPage

“Call this honey-dipped memoir the distaff side of the Greatest Generation…Hart has a genuine gift for conveying the texture of midcentury Manhattan. The reader experiences the city’s pre-air-conditioning summer swelter, the clothes, the social mores, the theaters and the people Hart encounters at Tiffany, everyone from its Irish shipping clerks to its high-society clientele. The biggest surprise of the memoir is Hart’s ability to make the dilemmas of her own young life both compelling and contemporary…Neither sentimental nor saccharine, this book offers insights into the women who lived through World War II. It’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift.” —USA Today

Summer at Tiffany should be read for two reasons: partly because it’s just plain readable fun, and partly because it’s a quaint curio-cabinet piece, a book so much in the style of those midcentury careergirl–on–the–town frolics that filled young women’s bookshelves in the late 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s that you’ll need to glance up from the page periodically to reassure yourself that you’re still in 2007…That’s what you get here, curiously untouched by the passage of time, and all wrapped up in a Tiffany blue package with a bow on top. The company should put this book on prominent display in its stores, for heaven’s sake—it’s that much of a paean to the Tiffany glory days…Her memoir makes for light-as-souffle reading, no doubt; but it nonetheless delights in its sheer joie de vivre about this one amazing summer, even 60-odd years later. You go, girls.” Buffalo News

“In this glorious once upon a time fairytale come true, two beautiful college debs from Iowa make it to New York City, end up working at Tiffany’s and living the dream of every career girl of the 1940’s Marjorie Hart’s charming and delicious account of her most memorable summer captures a time when women had moxie, wore proper hats and gloves and burned with ambition to make it in the big city. I loved every moment!” —Adriana Trigiani

“A charming story of a charmed summer in an era gone by. I didn’t want Marjorie Hart’s effervescent memoir to end.” —Emily Giffin 

“This old alum (and I do mean old!) really enjoyed Summer at Tiffany. Although Walter Hoving hired me as of April Fools Day in 1956, I lived in New York during much of the war. In readingSummer at Tiffany, precious memories swept over me, joyfully! I’m looking down as I type this at my Schlumberger wedding ring. Thank you for writing this delightful memoir.” —Letitia Baldrige

“The It List: It was the color of the Tiffany blue book jacket that called to us when we recently came upon the book Summer at Tiffany. But the content and charm of the story inside won us over completely…Hart writes about that stylish summer with verve, recollecting with a touching purity a magical summer in Manhattan, seen through the eyes of two 21-year-olds, just as the end of World War II approached.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“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…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…her experiences in Manhattan that long-ago summer made some serious indentations on her life card, and she displays great heart in reliving and recounting for us a very special part of her own history and the history of the United States.” —Jana Siciliano, www.bookreporter.com

“The 82-year-old author’s memories have been polished smooth over the course of six decades, and her warm account of more innocent times makes an unspoken comparison with the way we live now. A fond backward glance.” —Kirkus