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Hello, my name is Kelly and I welcome you to the Bookend Diaries book blog. I created this blog to share my own reviews of existing and new books, to discuss with other readers what we’re currently reading, update you on my book club picks, and of course, to ultimately support the work of the authors we all enjoy. I am addicted to reading and I thought this would be a great way to reach out to other readers who are as obsessed with books as I am.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Summer At Tiffany by: Marjorie Hart

To honor Audrey Hepburn’s birthday, I have a special treat to share with all of you. This is a magical, charming book that will remind you of her famous movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” This is a special gem of a book that you will treasure.

***Purchased at Barnes & Noble


At the age of 82, Hart, a professional cellist, recalls 1945, when she and her best friend, Marty, students at the University of Iowa, spent the summer in Manhattan, in this pleasant but slight memoir. Failing to obtain work at Lord & Taylor, the pair, self-described as long-limbed, blue-eyed blondes, were hired at Tiffany's—the first female floor sales pages, delivering packages to the repair and shipping department, for $20 a week. Hart details their stringent budget ("1. Two nickels for subway. 2. Sandwich at the Automat: 15 cents") and describes, somewhat breathlessly, what a thrill it was to see such luminaries as Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland shop at the fabled store. Her romance with a midshipman, the combat death of her cousin, the news of the dropping of the first atomic bomb and a vivid account of the celebration in Times Square after Japan's surrender convey a sense of the WWII era, but without adding much illumination. She does, however, evoke New York City as seen through the eyes of two innocent small town girls. (16 pages of b & w photos and illustrations.)


  1. This sounds like a nic read--thanks for sharing!

  2. This was already on my TBR list!
    I'm sure Audrey would appreciate the birthday shout out.

  3. This is a book I would definitely pick up! Thank you!

  4. This little book is on the top of a pile of library books I just picked up. I can't wait to read it. It will be my next library read.

  5. Oooooo, sounds completely wonderful. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. i love the cover of this book! i also love that you mention the automat as it turns up so often in a tree grows in brooklyn.

  7. Hoppin on by to say hi! This book sounds like an awesome read. Adding it to my wish list.
    Have a great day,
    Natalie :0)

  8. That looks great!

    And I love your AH picture on your masthead!

  9. You're right, it does sound like a charming book. Love your blog header! Have a great weekend!

  10. Wonderful header, book sounds great! I will be looking for the Kitchen House, my kind of book. Thanks for sharing.