Summer at Tiffany, by Marjorie Hart. When I saw this book at Barnes & Noble, I thought it was a work of fiction. I picked it up at the library, and was delighted to discover that it is actually a memoir, describing one magical summer in New York.
In 1945, Marjorie Jacobson and Marty Garrett, best friends attending the University of Iowa, travel to New York City for the summer, hoping to find work as shopgirls for one of the department stores. They discover that they aren't the only ones with this clever idea, and are turned away from store after store. On a whim, they apply for positions at Tiffany & Co, and miraculously are hired as pages, becoming the first women ever to work on the Tiffany sales floor.
Hart writes as if she is sitting with you, sharing the stories she remembers fondly from that summer, laughing at her own naivete and mishaps. Her experiences at Tiffany are mingled with dances and dates, meals at the Automat, struggles with their meager budget. She shares her letters home, relates the effects of the war on their lives, and describes the celebration on Times Square when the Japanese surrender.
Hart's book is a great summer read - enjoy it!
P.S. I hope that when I'm 82, my photo looks as good as Ms. Hart's does!