"So there we were, baking in the sun, waiting endlessly for lonely midshipmen to stop by. We didn't see a single one. Should have known. Guys don't hang around libraries on the weekend."
--Marjorie Hart, Summer at Tiffany
I saw this book laying on the kitchen table last week while my sister was visiting, and I spontaneously picked it up and started reading it. Not really planning on reading it, just maybe the first page. But then the first page turned into the first chapter, and the first chapter turned into the second chapter and I couldn't put it down. I half jokingly asked my sister if she would leave it for me to read and to my surprise, after she had left to go home, I saw it sitting on the dining room table. I quickly texted her asking if she had meant to leave it. She just responded, "you have 3 days to read it" (that was when my parents were leaving to visit her and she was expecting the book to be coming too) That was on Sunday, and needless to say, I just finished it (Wednesday).
It's a memoir of a woman's best summer ever. The summer of 1945 when two college-aged friends moved from Iowa to New York City and got jobs at Tiffany's. It's everything you could ask for (or at least I could ask for)in a book: 1940's, World War II, Tiffany's, gallivanting around the city with a handsome young Navy officer. And it was all true, that's the kicker. You get to read about their summer job at Tiffany's, with customers such as Judy Garland and Marlene Dietrich among others, seeing the Queen Mary sail into the New York harbor, and being in the midst of Time Square on VJ Day. It's a life experience we all wish we could say was ours. Personally, I could sit and listen to people from that era tell stories for hours.
I've never done a book review on this blog, aside from some random quotes I post, but I just felt like recommending this book to you. Aside from the fact that my sister was nice enough to let me borrow it, and that it felt good to be reading a book again and not be on the computer for once, but because it just made me happy and I wanted to pass it along to you. If you read it, let me know what you think!