Friday, August 20, 2010

Book Review -- Summer at Tiffany

Summer at TiffanySummer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Marjorie Jacobsen and her best friend Marty (Martha) set out from the University of Iowa in the summer of 1945 to embrace life in the Big Apple – New York City. Convinced that getting a job at any one of the many department stores was effortless, they were surprised to learn that securing employment for the summer was much more difficult than they imagined. Surprisingly, they were lucky enough to find jobs as “pages” for Tiffany & Co – where they sported beautiful aqua silk jersey “uniforms” and helped the sales staff on the various floors. During their summer they encountered celebrities, millionaires, gangsters and the celebration on Times Square when President Truman announced that the Japanese had surrendered, thus ending WWII. It was, as Marjorie details, the best summer of her life.

This was a quaint tale – full of nostalgic reminiscing from days gone by. Marjorie and Marty manage to live on $20 a week, eat lunch for 15 cents, meet midshipman, and attend all the “in” clubs and bars in NYC at the time.

While this was a charming memoir, it read more to me like something a Grandmother would write to her grandchildren – not to a major reading audience. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it in one sitting (an entirely manageable goal), because there wasn’t anything in the book that kept me wanting to continue the story. Each time I put it down, I had a hard time finding a reason to pick it up again.

But one thing I appreciated about the book was how the author makes one reflect on those “special times” in one’s life – and made me think, what was the best summer of my life?

Do you have a “best summer” experience?

Book source: Public library

In her own words, Marjorie Jacobsen Hart’s thoughts on Summer at Tiffany:

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Kathy (mommysreading) said...

I have been in such a book rut lately. But I read this book during a really good book spell. I enjoyed this and I look back on it fondly, not only for the sweet story, but for the happy feelings that it left in me.

Tricia said...

I really enjoyed this book. I found it sweet and charming, not life-changing...but fun.

Sharon Cohen said...

I do have a best summer story . . . I don't know that it would translate well to a novel but it would be something that I (the grandmother) would write for her grandchildren. That really is NOT a bad idea. I suppose that I could/should write it, upload it to LuLu and print it in paperback for the grandchildren. Amazing idea - definite possibility - serious consideration. You've inspired me.

I found you because of the Post of the Week blog hop from Mormon Mommy Blogs. I decided to visit every site listed before mine and follow for reasons of fellowship. So glad that I did.