Summer at Tiffany
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 s...more
And so begins this memoir that spans one summer in a girl's life. I didn't think much about the question when I started reading, but soon as I was done, I spent some time wondering which summer I would write about. At 26, there are only that many summers for me to remember, of which, of course, I barely remember the first... 10? The jury is still out on this.
Summer at Tiffany is the story of Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend Martha Garrett (Marty)...more
Ti ricordi l'estate più bella della tua vita? Trascorrere unestate a New York: quale migliore occasione per due ragazze che arrivano da una cittadina di provincia? Trovare un impiego nella gioielleria più famosa del mondo: quale emozione più grande? È il 1945, quando Marjorie Jacobson e la sua migliore amica, Marty Garrett, arrivano nella Grande Mela. Dopo avere ricevuto una serie di rifiuti, quasi per miracolo riescono a ottenere un lavoro da Tiffany come commesse, suscitando linvidia di tutte...more
Essentially, the book is about Marjorie and her friend Marty, who were students at the University of Iowa in 1945. That summer, they set out on an adventure and lived out wh...more
Marjorie and Marty, two college friends, decide to follow some friends to New York City for a summer job. Their sorority sisters assure them that jobs in the nicer department stores are plentiful and fun, but by the time Marjorie and Marty make it to NYC, all of the shopgirl positions are snapped up.
Naively, the pair stop in to Tiffany, and using a trumped-up recommendation letter from a f...more
I read a review for this by Jennifer at Justice Jennifer Reads and decided I needed to read this too. What could be more fun than to revel in the shared love for the best city ever? Then when I was browsing the local bookstore one night I was trying to remember the name of the author; I rand...more
This is the tale...more
Marjorie Hart wrote the book in her early 80's, I believe, and it helped me to think of it as a series of naive, youthful experiences recalled and shared with a favorite grand-daughter (although there is no indication it was written in that spirit).
. . . There was not a snarky word written about her friends, even when they were taking advanta...more
They spend the summer working, window shopping, entertaining visit...more
But I can overlook that to read about the first female runners to work at Tiffany. One of my dreams is to visit the real Tiffany in New York and be able to purchase something there. It sounds silly, I don't care. So this story grabbed my eye and I delved right into it. I liked the sweetness of the story - Marjorie - being the more innocent and less stree...more
I enjoyed the book very much, and it was a quick read.
For me, the book had three appealing qualities: it was a memoir, it was a period in history that I love, and the setting was a place I love. It was a delight to read.
Hart wrote about the summer of 1945, when she and her best friend Marty shared an apartment and independence in Manhattan. Between their Jr and Sr years in college, they boarded the train with almost no money in...more
This book was one of the most pleasant, most nostalgic memoirs I've read. It almost felt like fiction in spots so fantastic were the names and the places being seen.
Tiffany has always been a m...more
It is the summer of 1945, towards the end of World War 2, when Marjorie and her sorority sister Marty arrive in New York City, full of enthusiasm and optimism. In their search for a summer job, they land positions as the the first women to ever work the floors of Tiffany's. For two girl...more
Marjorie Hart was 19 when she and her friend Marty decided to spend a summer in NYC working at a "glamorous store" like Saks Fifth Avenue. It was 1945 and they each had about $30 - plenty of money, right? Saks and Bonwit Teller rejected them, but Tiffany's offered to employ them as pages at near-starvation wages. They knew they would be on the Wheaties and celery diet,...more
The girls live in a tiny apartment their friends visit each weekend, make do with a shoestring budget, crave a fancier lifestyle, date midshipmen.
The book is such a different perspective on 1945 America. Marjorie knows real loss in the war, but...more
In 1945 Marjorie Hart, a student at the University of Iowa, travels to New York with her friend "Marty" in search of summer jobs. After a disappointing "sure thing" falls through at "Lord and Taylor", the...more
Summer at Tiffany's is a memoir, and non-fiction books are not typically on my reading list. This book is hard to put down. Even a contemporary reader can relate to Ms. Hart on a number of levels. Themes presented in this book include small town girl hits the big city, women in the workplace, and a young woman's first job. Thr...more