Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart (Wordshaker Online Book Club) review)
Welcome to New York City in 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and her best friend Marty Garrett arrive on scene fresh-faced from Iowa, young, and ready for the world! Their mission is to find jobs where they can work together and they want it to be somewhere wonderful, after all they are in New York!
The girls are turned away from many of their top selections for jobs and find themselves applying at Tiffany and Co., not only miraculously securing jobs for both of them – but on the sales floor no less, making them the first women ever to work on the sales floor.
This book is the true story of a summer of miracles and memories, written by author Marjorie (Jacobson) Hart. Marjorie shares stories of the famous people she met, the mishaps, and triumphs, the boy, and celebrating V-Day in Times Square (exactly where her parents had warned her not to go!). Marjorie tells a story that is filled with dreams come true…. and memories that truly last a lifetime.
This book was chosen to be the Word Shaker On Line book club read and 22 people signed up to read this book together. This review is a mixture of my thoughts as well as some of the comments that came in from the group about this read.
The appeal of this memoir is while it is a story from over 50 years ago, it is also one that holds true today – filled with the fun of first being able to go out on the town alone, dates with boys that actually picked you up at the door and you dressed up for a date in dresses even! While the girls were naive, they did something that was unheard of at the time and that really is the heart (and the Hart) behind this story.
Throughout the book Marjorie writes letters home back to her family letting them know of what was happening in New York. Another reminder of a time gone by, and the letter writings posted in the book are filled with young girl excitement about jobs and paychecks…. and who came through the doors of Tiffany’s….
This book is a reminder that no matter what the rules have been – gender, race, etc… you can go out and be a trend setter, you never know who will be the next person to do something to change the way the world thinks or acts, it can be as big as changing a nations way of thinking about discrimination, or as small as being the first women on a sales floor at Tiffany’s.
Within these pages Marjorie describes what it was like to be in Times Square as the war was announced over. I can not even imagine what that had to feel like! The oneness of all the people all the excitement!
I am taking away from this read a better knowledge of the war and what it was like during 1945, as well as a wee bit of knowledge on how to sniff brandy. (Yup – more on that in my author chat with Marjorie!)
If Marjorie tells us anything within these pages it is if you are going to dream – dream big.
Stay tune for more Summer At Tiffany fun! Yet this week there will be an author chat with Marjorie with questions from those who participated in this review – also be alert for a giveaway of Marjorie’s book – signed!!!
Book Journey 2010 reading map has been updated to include Summer At Tiffany
I am not sure if Marjorie and Marty had a favorite coffee stop but in current day when in New York near Time Square the rave is the Coffee Pot known for a fair priced cup of coffee and super comfy couches!
Cover Story: Love it! It has a great color to it and yet has that faded look of yester year by using the lighter blues and the scene.
Also – be sure to sign up for a chance to win a copy of Marjorie’s book signed and in hard cover!!!
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I purchased my copy of this book from Amazon
I first heard of this book over at my friend Barbara’s blog: