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Summer at Tiffany


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ISBN13: 9780061189531
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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 with Tiffany-blue shirtwaist dresses from Bonwit Teller's—and the envy of all their friends.

Looking back on that magical time in her life, Marjorie takes us back to when she and Marty rubbed elbows with the rich and famous, pinched pennies to eat at the Automat, experienced nightlife at La Martinique, and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. Between being dazzled by Judy Garland's honeymoon visit to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with Café society, she fell in love, learned unforgettable lessons, made important decisions that would change her future, and created the remarkable memories she now shares with all of us.

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Marjorie Hart is the former chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the University of San Diego and a professional cellist. She lives in La Mesa, California.

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Leslie Richman, September 7, 2014 (view all comments by Leslie Richman)
Summer at Tiffany is a delightful read. Written some sixty years after the events it's based on, the book is a gorgeous recollection of Marjorie Hart's summer as one of the first female employees to work on the Tiffany's floor. Her personal experiences are rich, and the backdrop of 1940's New York is simply irresistible. Hart, now 90, is an accomplished musician as well as an enchanting writer who certainly brings the past to life. Summer at Tiffany is a treasure trove of both personal memories and tales of a bygone era in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Just lovely!
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chocolateandcroissants, June 14, 2010 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
Who can resist a memoir that comes wrapped up with a darling bow and the traditional blue of Tiffany's? What Marjorie Hart has written is a delightful as receiving that traditional blue bag and box from Tiffany's.

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 girls from Iowa or any young woman, this summer position is what dreams are made of.

Find yourself a quiet spot in your backyard. Put on a pot of tea and sit back with a fresh croissant, a dab of butter and some homemade jam. Are you comfortable? You are about to be taken back to an era that no longer exists. White gloves, pearls, women and men wearing hats and even the odd gangster that comes walking through the doors of Tiffany's shopping for a present for the mistress.

Marjories' story is about dancing the evenings away, scrimping every penny to enjoy a dessert and finding romance with the a midshipman. Marjorie's awe with life in the big City shines through in her stories about the rituals of working the floor at Tiffany's along with her window shopping expeditions and times spent in the high society night clubs of the city.

Readers are given a rare look into the inner sanctum of Tiffany's. Marjorie charms us with her story about dropping a bag of pearls on the elevator floor. Scrambling to collect all the pearls she continuously hits the elevator button in desperation to make sure every pearl is collected. Working the china and crystal floor she is taught by the salesmen who to sniff brandy only to try to shrink to behind a pillar when old man Tiffany unexpectedly showed up on the floor.

Marjorie's letters home add a charming touch to her memoir, as she describes seeing Judy Garland shopping for her wedding present courtesy of MGM Studios.

While the days of young men waiting in the lobby for their dates, ladies wearing a hat and gloves out for the evenings and 5 cent subway rides are long gone, Marjorie is able to bring the magic of this time period come to life. What makes the memoir even more special, is that it was written to preserve her story at the urging of her grandchildren.
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dlw, May 29, 2010 (view all comments by dlw)
This is a great summer read! A true story of college girls finding summer jobs working at male dominated Tiffanys in 1945. The photo's and drawings are a real plus.
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Hart, Marjorie
Avon Books
Personal Memoirs
Hart, Marjorie
Tiffany and Company - History
General Biography
Biography - General
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7.98x5.58x.84 in. .55 lbs.

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