Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Summer at Tiffany

CC just finished reading this lovely little book by Marjorie Hart entitled Summer at Tiffany.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the novel, courtesy tlcbooktours.com:
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.


CC’s Review:
What a divine autobiographical account of living in bustling New York City in the sweltering summer of 1945! The author both entertains and informs about her adventures working at Tiffany and the stress and excitement of wartime New York. CC particularly loved all the anecdotes about shopping and dining, from the girls' adventures at Bergdorf Goodman to lunching at the Automat. This is a lovely summer read for anyone who loves Tiffany or has nostalgia for a bygone era in which ladies referred to each other as "m'dear" and wore little white gloves as a matter of course.

Fabulous news, darlings! CC has one copy of this charming book to give away to a lucky CC reader! Five Day Contest: To enter, simply leave a relevant comment on this post. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only. Good luck, darlings! And be sure to visit the Summer at Tiffany website here. Follow the author on Twitter too!
xoxox,
CC

63 comments:

My Republic of Fashion said...

Sounds like a good book, must buy it!SarahD

Bradley said...

Oh my gosh, that book sounds amazing. I love stuff like this. Thank you so much for sharing this book, I'm torn between checking it out from the library and just buying it! lol.

Cat said...

Wow, this book sounds incredible, not to mention a little magical. I would definitely love to read this on and will be adding it to my book list now! :)

Thanks for the review :)

haircutting in high heels said...

I love, love, a summer read, and Tiffany just happens to be in my work hood and every time I walk by, I just sigh and look in the windows like a little girl looking in a candy shop! What a lovely giveaway, would love to read!
xo
Gina

Monica said...

Just read this book too:) Its a charming read especially great for a long plane ride.

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

I recently saw this book in the bookstore and put it on my list of must reads. Consider me entered! =)

DancesWithHooves said...

Thanks for the contest! :0)

themaddychronicles.com said...

Sounds interesting! I need some new books to read this summer :) Count me in!

Cara said...

This looks awesome! I won a blog giveaway to Barnes and Nobel and I have been asking for book suggestions...so thanks for the review ;)

<3 Cara

TheBeautyFile said...

I am DYING to read this book this summer...I learned about it on English Muse and am totally smitten with the entire concept. I would love to get my hands on it!!!

knk said...

sounds interesting i like it

have to read it once

Hell Notes for Beauty said...

Summer is the best in nyc. Sounds like a fun read.

Erika said...

What a beautiful review, CC!

I'm a huge fan of Truman Capote's "Breakfast At Tiffany's," and would love to have the chance to indulge in some more fictional Tiffany's magic. This book sounds absolutely perfect! :)

Lisa Griffin said...

That sounds like exactly the kind of book I could get into right now as we prepare for the modern day sweltering summer in NY!
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Mary said...

Lovely review! Book sounds fabulous!

::crosses fingers::

xxMK
Delightful Bitefuls

CJ said...

What a wonderful story to engross myself in while sitting on the beach. Definitely on my reading list. Would be sweet to win it!

BARGAIN BEX said...

what girl wouldn't want to work at the legendary tiffany's back in the day where white gloves were the norm?!

take me back to that time and place, please, and let me be transported by this lovely little summer read ...

~bb

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Lovely review CC! It must ha e been an amazing time!

Fashion Teen said...

Sounds great, enter me!!!

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lamia said...

interesting blog!!
xoxo
Lamia

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Don't forget to take a look at my new blog, it’s about Moroccan caftans:

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Averill said...

Fun premise for a book! I'd love to read it this summer. :)

SogniSorrisi said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the review.

Gracey said...

Wow, I'm so glad you did a review on this book! I haven't heard of it up until now, but I'm definitely going to read it this summer! Right after I finish Bringing Home the Birkin.

Sue Jack Designs said...

I just finished reading both Lilly Dache's books which are set in the same time and place and they were wonderful....why should I stop now???
Please throw my name in the hat!
Sue

stilettolover91 said...

It sounds very good!!!

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Belle Vie said...

Thank you for the wonderful book review. I was just thinking that I need a summer read but nothing interested me until now!
xoxo, B

chaoskontrolowany said...

Nice post!

♥B said...

I'm always on the look out for new books, the gym without a book feels eternal.

Thanks for the recommendation, I think I'll be reading this one next!

-B

Juliet said...

Sounds great!

juliet xxx

Wanderlusting said...

OOH! I love these kinds of books, really, really hope I win!!!! Great giveaway Carrie!

Katie said...

Want to check out that book now! Thanks :)

Meg said...

Sounds lovely! I'm in need of a new book for summer! :)

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xx

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Summer at Tiffanys - how very apt!
I shall try and get this book at my local second hand bookshop. Might be a good book to enjoy this summer. Such a thoughtful giveaway, my lovely;-)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I've heard about this book! I don't remember which magazine, but there was a lovely article about it. It's on my reading list!

Fabulous giveaway!! :)

this free bird said...

This book sounds great. Would love to add it to my summer reading list!

Allison said...

I love reading, and am in desperate need of some fabulous new books for when I am lounging out by my pool! This sounds like a fabulous and interesting book :)

Tights Lover said...

Sounds like a great read. Maybe I'll pick it up since I'm almost done with my current book!

Carol Naomi Wong said...

Thia book sounds like a wonderful read.

Thank you for this giveaway.

I follow you on FB.

S.Elisabeth said...

Oh my gosh this book sounds absolutely DARLING. And the fact that it's autobiographical makes it that much better!

Jenny M said...

I loved this book and Marjorie!!!

BALLET NEWS said...

I'm buying it this minute

La Feem said...

Awesome, this sounds like the perfect summer story to dive into.

Haute World said...

A shame this giveaway isn't available to us Europeans, but the summary of the book sounds intriguing so I'll definitely have to check this out!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Sounds like a cute book! :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

Grace said...

Sounds super good! And I love that it's about some U of I girls hitting the big city!

Diana Mieczan said...

That book sounds amazing and thank you for that post...I am making a note...to make sure to read this one:)
Kisses sweetie

Anna Katrina said...

the book sounds fab!


Anna Katrina
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naomemandeflores said...

I'm dying to read this book; too bad I can't participate on the giveaway! :(

MarchMusings said...

I must look out for it at my bookstore. Thanks.

Amy said...

I absolutely love this book. I checked it out at the library but want to own my own copy. It was delightful!

tris1978ton said...

Fun book. Sounds witty.

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Thanks for the post, sounds like a fab read.
I was just at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday...
Have a great evening:)

My-Vogue said...

Sounds like an incredible book - I must have it - just love reading this kind of stories!

Sequins and Lace said...

I am your newest follower!

This book sounds great, I can picture myself reading it on the beach this summer!

v [ hobovogue ] said...

sounds like a great read! im reading in and out of vogue right now by mirabella.. some really interesting stuff. :)

<33

[v] hobovogue

Metamorphosis said...

this made me seriosly start thinking about my best summer. and i'm still thinking. there has been something great in all of them, but to choose one that's the greatest...

that will take some time to figure out :)

Elizabeth Faraday said...

wow books sounds great! i would love to read this in the summer on the beach or something! sounds fantastic!

elizabethfaraday.blogspot

WeShop said...

Sounds like a great read. xx
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J'Adore Fashion said...

lovely giveaway!

Make Do Style said...

I have to get this book!!

Isabelle Lafleche said...

Sounds like a really great summer read!!!Love the cover!

Pauline Yee said...

Thanks for the review! Sounds like an interesting summer read!

heathertlc said...

Glad to know that you enjoyed this one - it really is a fun read!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.