In 1945, Hart and her best friend, Marty, found work on the sales floor at Tiffany's--a diamond-filled day job that was the envy of all their friends ...Show synopsisIn 1945, Hart and her best friend, Marty, found work on the sales floor at Tiffany's--a diamond-filled day job that was the envy of all their friends. This is the enchanting story of that unforgettable time as the girls rub elbow with the world's rich and famous.Hide synopsis
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3 Stars at best. I was really looking forward to this one and found it a little disappointing. I love the 1940s era and what could be better than living a life of a single gal for a summer in NYC during that time? Although I somewhat enjoyed the author's story and the setting, the story and the author seemed a little superficial to me. And, how many times can someone say "Ohmygosh!" But to be fair, it must be hard to trade on those memories which could have occurred 60 years prior. Even though I found it somewhat shallow, the author saved the story for me by writing one brief passage on her recollections of receiving the news of a cousin being killed in the war. Her description of visiting her aunt and uncle made my eyes well up with tears. Even with its drawbacks, I still recommend this book to represent a good snapshot of the era.
A couple of notes of interest on the era: although often we see it as a much "simpler" time, Hart also showed us some of the drawbacks. For example, the job choices for women were limited, until Hart and her roommate hired on, Tiffany would only hire men (the girls had a connection); and, it wasn't against the law to ask what nationality a prospective employee was during the interview. Thank goodness times have changed!
This book was just enchanting. Very readable. Mrs. Hart brought the past to life with charm, wit and grace. It was a wonderful trip down nostalgia lane leaving the reader with a smile and lots of interesting information.
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