Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Summer at Tiffany-Marjorie Hart

Summer at Tiffany
Marjorie Hart
Avon, Mar 30 2010, $12.99
ISBN: 9780061189531

In 1945, University of Iowa undergrads Marjorie Hart and Marty Garrett managed to come up with the money to take the train to and from New York; their plan is to spend the summer in the big city though that means finding work. They obtain an apartment for the summer overlooking Columbia and Tiffany's hires both of them as their first female floor sales pages running errands up and down the famous store. The pair wore special blue dresses and rings while searching for celebs like Judy Garland and her husband Vincent Minelli. In the evenings the pair hits the night spots all over town and joined the city in celebrating V-J day.

This is an entertaining somewhat fluffy memoir of what ohmygosh was the best summer of the author’s life as readers see Manhattan through the eyes of two naive teen visitors. Sweeter than the ice cream served at Schrafft's Ice Cream parlor but not as nourishing as the Automat, fans will enjoy Marjorie Hart’s look back with B&W photos to the end of WW II in New York. The year she learned the meaning to the song “How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm After they've seen Paree” (in this case New York).

Harriet Klausner

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