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Summer at Tiffany

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  8,266 ratings  ·  1,326 reviews
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
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published April 3rd 2007 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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May 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-and-fun
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 visiting
May 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I almost didn't write this review, because I picture the author as someone's grandmom and I hate hurting grandmoms. They're pretty much my favorite class of people, but while this book seemed like such a cute summery read - girls in the 40s going to the big city to take on the world - it was no substance, mostly fluff, and not even enough fluff to make it through the 150+ pages.

I was hoping for a memoir that would be like a real world Breakfast at Tiffany's. Instead, its a watered down nostalgi
Abby ♡
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was so delightful. Being a vintage and New York City fanatic, this was a magical read. Learning about Tiffany & Co behind the scenes (and in the forties) was so awesome, and the fact that the author and her best friend were the first female employees to work on the sales floor is amazing! I've never been inside the Tiffany's on fifth avenue but I have stood outside it and it is a magnificent building, I remember first learning about Tiffany's after watching "Breakfast At Tiffany's" and ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Marjorie and Marty, two pretty Kappas from Iowa University, arrive in New York in 1945 looking for a glamorous summer job on Fifth Avenue, little do they know that they would land a job at Tiffany's of all places.

In this sweet and charming memoir, Marjorie tells the story of the best summer of her life, she and Marty being the first women ever to work on the sales floor at Tiffany's. It is full of awe and wonder and made me long for a time when getting dessert in a fancy restaurant was a sp
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was drawn to this book given the author's Iowa roots. The way she describes a summer in New York between school years reminded me of myself during a summer internship in "Hollywood." Unfortunately her POV and tone of voice made me cringe more than smile at the similarities. Overall, this just felt like an unnecessary memoir with nothing unique to warrant its publishing.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2017: A book with one of the four seasons in the title
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
This memoir was a like a breath of fresh air. It recounted the summer two college girls from Iowa spent in New York City in 1945. They landed jobs at Tiffany, saw quite a few celebrities and experienced a lot of US history in those three short months. They certainly had the summer of their life. This book is light, humorous and a delight to read.
Lydia Presley
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction, memoirs
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
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adorable and fresh coming of age tale. "Marge" recounts in vivid detail the B-25 Empire State Building crash, VJ Day in Times Square, and the magic and wonder of Tiffany. A sweet treat of a read! ...more
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)
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, owned
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 since it ...more
Lindsay Hall
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely delightful read. A dear soul let me borrow his copy this summer because he knew I would love it, and he was right.

When I write my memoir someday, I want mine to have the same warm, charming quality Miss Marjorie's has. Beautiful recollections of one summer, between semesters at an Iowa University, that she spent with her childhood friend Marty working at Tiffany's. Lovely story. Endearing, sweet, simple, and satisfying.
Kerry Dunn
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
This was a charming light read. A perfect little postcard of a young woman's adventures in New York City during the summer of 1945: working at the world famous Tiffany, dating a soldier, surviving Times Square on VJ Day. It was sweet and fun. Not very deep, but heartfelt. ...more
Jul 30, 2019 added it
I enjoyed reading Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart, the non-suspenseful memoir about two young college girls’ summer in The Big Apple. The story shows their journey of working at Tiffany’s Diamond Store in 1945, and their personal lives that evolve with doing so. Young Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend from The University of Iowa, Marty Garrett, move to New York City in hopes to find summer jobs as shopgirls. Marjorie meets a midshipmen in the Navy, Jim, and soon gets involved in a relati ...more
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never had the occasion to use the word "Charming" before, but I do now. It's the perfect way to describe Marjorie Hart's book. Innocent, fascinating, fun.

It is not lost on me that this is an opportunity to see events in American history through first-hand account. Total honesty. This first-hand account is NOT from a politician, not a editorial journalist, an egomanical newsperson, nor an historian.

Reading SUMMER AT TIFFANY, you see the tolls the outbreak of a world war took on the small t
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Happy, superficial and short (though it could have been even shorter). It was an easy, not especially reflective glimpse into an 18yr-old girl’s life in the summer of 1945. She stretches the limits to turn some minor episodes into drama, but I could forgive this when I considered that in the adolescent protagonist’s mind, they would have felt dramatic.

I’ve often wished there were more novels that showed ordinary life in a more favorable light, rather than making the ordinary seem bleak or nonex
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Marjorie Hart has detailed in this memoir her experiences of her and her girlfriend, Marty Garrett, being the first female pages at Tiffany in New York City during the summer of 1945. Marjorie and Marty were born and raised in Iowa and during their summer break from college, they decided to go to New York and find summer jobs and have some excitement during the final year of World War II.

They had initially hoped to get sales clerking jobs at one of the big department stores such as Lord & Taylor
Lisa Mcbroom
What a delightful story!!! I love NYC and if money were no object I would live there in a heartbeat. This memoir is set during World War 2. On a whim Hart and her room mate Marty move to NYC in the summer. Looking for a jobs, because of the shortage of men in the work force they become interns at Tiffanys.
Heather McC
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Marjorie Hart spends a memorable summer working at Tiffany & Co. in New York. She recalls her fondest memories and encounters while also describing the historical events of the time (1940s at the end of WWII). At times slow-paced, there's a humor in Hart's writing that kept me going through the duller sections. ...more
Christopher Renberg
Such a quaint read of an amazing time. These gals are there when a plane his the Empire State Building, and they are there when Japan surrenders. In between are anecdotes of the store of stores when elegance and class ruled.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Such a window into a simpler time. The two gals made me laugh as they lived it up in NYC. What a thoroughly engrossing memoir. The end bit about KKG sorority was also of interest. Cannot recommend this enough.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt and wonderfully told story about two best friends sharing the best summer of their life in 1945 New York as the first female employees at Tiffany & Co's prestigious NYC flagship store. 3 1/2 ⭐️s out of 5. ...more
David Szatkowski
New York is a city of stories. This is one. The author recalls her experience working in Tiffany's in 1945. This is a light, easy, fun read that also allows one to look back and see how society has changed. ...more
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
America is at war with Japan, an 2 Kappa sorority girls decide to pick up and move to NYCity to find a Summer Job.
I found this book to be a delightful peek into a historic time, as well as a light read.
Colleen Mcbroom
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every moment of this book! I read this for my book club and it was the perfect light summer read. So sweet and charming
Kat Hamilton
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a delightful read. It was like reading (instead of watching) an old black and white movie. Loved the vivid descriptions of the styles and sights of 1940s NYC. A very enjoyable escape
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