Summer at Tiffany
By Marjorie Hart
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780061189524, 272pp.)
Publication Date: April 2007
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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 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.
Marjorie Hart is the former chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the University of San Diego and a professional cellist. She lives in La Mesa, California.
“This warm account of more innocent times makes an unspoken comparison with the way we live now. A fond backwardglance.”
“Hart’s infectious vivacity resonates with a madcap immediacy, delectably capturing the city’s heady vibrancy and a young girl’s guileless enchantment.”
“Charming and fun…reminiscent of The Best of Everything and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
“A charming story of a charmed summer…I didn’t want Marjorie Hart’s effervescent memoir to end.”
-Emily Giffin, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof
“This book offers insights into the women who lived through World War II. It’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift.”
“The (Tiffany) company should put this book on prominent display, for heaven’s sake—it’s that much of a paean.”
“What do you imagine might be the most memorable summer of your life? Do you think it’s happened yet?
-San Diego City Beat
“Hart writes about that stylish summer with verve, recollecting with a touching purity a magical summer in Manhattan.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer