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Summer at Tiffany

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  4,807 ratings  ·  929 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published April 1st 2007)
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Kathryn
Jun 04, 2008 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those seeking a bit of nostalgia and fun
What a delightful read! My favorite thing to do this past week was wake up, make my cup of tea, and sit and read this while listening to the birds outside. The perfect beginning to summer days. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this book so good--it's really just the sweet, simple, humorous and touching reminiscences of one small-town Iowa college girl's summer with her best friend in NYC when they become the first female pages at Tiffany's in the final summer of World War II. Yet, as we all know ...more
Laura
If you’ve ever wanted a short escape into the innocence and charm of bygone years, this is your book. In 1945, college student Marjorie and her friend have the amazing luck of spending the summer not in dullsville Story City, Iowa, but in the Big Apple! Their miniature apartment is a dream, seeing all the famous stores on Fifth Avenue is a dream, but the biggest dream of all is landing a job at Tiffany & Co! Can you imagine?!

They spend the summer working, window shopping, entertaining visit
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Ann
Jun 04, 2008 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "travel" and "friendship" stories
Recommended to Ann by: Katie! How appropriate!:)
I really thought this was a delightful and charming book! It's the true-story of two girls from Iowa, best-friends Marjorie and Marty, who take a summer to find jobs in New York. It's mid 1940's (already a plus for me as it's one of my favorite eras for stories) and the war is coming to a close, so in addition to the story itself being simply lovely, there's a fair amount of historical information as well. Marjorie and Marty are loveable characters and it's easy to see why the make such great fr ...more
Nancy
It would be just plain mean-spirited to say anything really negative about this charming memoir (although I was just a teeny bit tempted to do just that).

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
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X
Sep 07, 2008 X rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to X by: Katie and Annie
Such a delightful tale of two girls' adventures in New York! The 1940's setting was nice, and I enjoyed the many references to fashion and music. So neat that it is a true story as well! Great fun!
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Do you remember the best summer of your life?

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)
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Whitney
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JoAnn/QuAppelle
What is not to love about this sweet book, written by an 82 year-old woman about her 1945 college summer as a page at Tiffany's? I loved all of the authentic references to the styles and events of that time.

Marjorie and Marty are college girls from Iowa, on an adventure in New York City and enjoying every minute despite the war. Hart details the enchantment of the city and the thrills the girls experience. From the way they landed jobs to their first glimpse of the ocean to the things that are
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Lindsay Hall
I can't remember the last time I stayed up all night devouring a book in one sitting like I just did with this one. It took me back in time to 1945 and gave me as close a look as I've ever had into what my grandma's young life must have been like. To a sorority girl from the Midwest, a summer job at a fancy store in NYC must have felt the height of glamour, fashion and fun. BUT(in a weird and striking contrast), life also came with hardships as they made the most of what they had during WWII, an ...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return][return]If one is looking for an absolutely delightful and engaging novel, Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart is an excellent choice. Marjorie Hart writes a beautiful, heart-warming and witty memoir that will take the reader back in time to 1945 Manhattan and the unforgettable summer experienced by two college students working their dream job at Tiffany's for the summer. Hart's novel is beautifully written, richly vivid in imagery, vibrant characters and the lure o ...more
Les
Infused with numerous historical details (including a New York Times article about a B-25 Army bomber crashing into the Empire State Building on July 28th!), this memoir turned out to be more substantial than I had anticipated. The chapters about WWII were moving, particularly Hart’s recollections about VJ Day and celebrating in Times Square with over two million people. It’s a quick and charming read, but not sentimental or sappy, and one which, I believe, will stay with me for a long time.

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Jenny
This is a memoir about the best summer of the author's life (1945) when she worked at Tiffany in New York City. She and her friend, Marty, journeyed from Iowa to NYC together to spend a fabulous summer there.

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
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Meetzorp
A charming memoir looking back on a spontaneous and fortuitous adventure of two Iowa sorority girls in 1945.

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
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Kate
First off, let me say that this book lived up to every expectation I had when I first bought it impulsively at a local bookstore. I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and love anything vintage. This book is so artistically appealing that everyone should be enticed to pick up a copy. I love the Tiffany blue on the cover and the historic Tiffany building in the background. I was fortunate enough three years ago to visit Tiffany & Co. in NYC, but was unable to step inside and gaze at the jewelry sinc ...more
Lydia Presley
I don't know about you - but when I think memoir I think of some of the more depressing stories I've read; stories of abuse and abandonment. I don't know when Memoir became synonymous with those subjects in my head but thank goodness Marjorie Hart was there this week to show me how different memoirs can be.

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
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Julia
This book was a jewel (pun intended!) - I really loved it! It is a memoir, so it is a true story, so no need to fuss about how the story goes and whether or not you like the plot choices - it's a true story, so it is what it is! The author writes about the summer of 1945 when she was in college and went with a girlfriend to NYC to get a job and have some fun and adventure. The parts about being the first women to work on the sales floor of Tiffany's are so interesting, but equally interesting we ...more
Nancy
I would describe this one as an airport book, light, sweet, easily digestible, and you can lose it in the cab and not feel sad.

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,
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Lil (Heidi)
Just a lovely, easy summer read. It is a memoir of a young midwestern coed's summer working at Tiffany in the 1940s. I loved the detail and, having spent so much time in the city, I had never realized that the original Tiffany building was on 36th and 5th. The city's architecture is so unique and from so many different periods of time that it was fun to read about such a landmark location and how it used to be. What I would give for people to still enter Tiffany dressed for the event it is rathe ...more
Angela
I started reading this book in large part due to the fact that it referred to the wonderful Tiffany jewelry store.So I figured it was worth reading.

The story is all about two best friends who move out to New York from Iowa for the summer in the 40's and the experiences they have while living one incredible, unforgettable summer in the place where movie stars are always out and about.

It started off a bit slow for me in the beginning. I had to fight to keep myself interested.But about halfway thro
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Barbara
This was such an easy read and exactly what I needed. The author writes about her summer working at Tiffany's in NYC in 1945. She was on her summer break from college in Iowa, and spent the summer with her best friend in NYC, right as World War II was ending. There were many times that I had to remind myself that it was a true story... it was so well written.

Plus, I loved reading at the end how she got inspired to write this book by just doing a little summer writing program, when she was alrea
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Tanesha
What a delightful book! Marjorie Hart's memoir about the summer of 1945 where she and her best friend worked at Tiffany and Co. in NYC is filled with such rich history - but all told from a young woman's point of view. Being from a small town in Iowa, everything about NYC is a new discovery for her, and I loved that she took every opportunity to do the things she'd only read about until then. From spotting celebrities to being in Times Square when the announcement that WW2 had ended, Marjorie do ...more
Marisa Berman
Delightful memoir of two girls from Iowa who get a job at Tiffany's in the summer of 1945. If you liked "Nothing Daunted" by Dorothy Wickenden you will adore this story!
Jen
This was a really cute book! I loved the author's little insights on how the world looked to a college educated woman in the 1940's, and how overwhelming working in New York seemed sometimes. The edition I read, however, had several editing errors (i.e. people's names changed randomly at different times, paragraphs were repeated at different parts of the same page/ chapter). I was reading an iTunes ebook version on my phone, so maybe that has something to do with it. The errors were really distr ...more
Natalie
Hart's memoir delights and charms from start to reluctant finish. She vividly paints 1945 New York City with all its liveliness with the signs of the time. Her stories of adventures (the wild thrill of VJ Day, brandy sniffing at Tiffany, etc.) and friends (Marty, the incredible Mr. T.C.) never failed to earn a smile. Somewhere along the way, this began to feel like my own summer, like I was there with her. I cannot recall the last time I felt this particular bittersweetness in ending a book.

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Allison
A quick read and a lovely little book. Hart crafts a devilishly charming memoir of her extended visit to Manhattan in the summer of 1945, when she worked as a page at Tiffany. She deftly employs a golly-gee tone and creates impeccably detailed descriptions of glamorous celebrities and the tension of the Pacific theater; she knows how to write something that's engaging and an absolute pleasure to read. It's fluff, sure, but it's fun, well-crafted fluff.
Dale Stonehouse
While this account is more relevant for the greatest generation, I did enjoy this snapshot of life before television, when people entertained themselves with... other people! Some of the period background is beyond me, but I particularly enjoyed reading an eyewitness memory of the Times Square celebration when the WWII troops returned from Europe in 1945. The epilogue updating the people described seemed a little unnecessary, but others may enjoy it.
Linda Eden
Loved it. It was very sweet. I only know of these times through my parents. I especially liked the first time Marge and Marty experienced the beach along the Atlantic Ocean. She gave me chills when she described Times Square when the Japanese surrendered to end WW II. My parents lived thru this time and told us about it. I'm glad Marjorie Hart was able to share this with others.
Tilara
This is a beautiful memoir of a young girl during the 1940's who leaves Iowa to travel to the big city of New York. Upon arriving she and her best friend are fortunate to be employed as the first female employees of Tiffany.
This book is so delightful that I finished it in one day. Mrs. Hart has given us a beautiful glimpse into life during that time period.
Doriana Bisegna
This was a fun look back in time...1945! Many events happened while these two girls worked at Tiffany during that summer of 1945. Interesting to read how different and yet the same life was almost 70yrs ago! This was a little book packed with memories, world events, girlie escapades and a summer that these two girls would never forget! How could they??
Laura
Dec 29, 2007 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone nostalgic about WWII America.
A sweet little memoir about being a country girl in Manhattan during WWII. The author finagles her way into a job at Tiffany, and, due to a shortage of men because of the war, becomes one of the first females to work on the floor...not in sales, but rather as a page, running errands for salesmen. Its a heartwarming tale, and incredibly easy to read.
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