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1. Summer at Tiffany
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short
3. Sundays at Tiffany's
4. The Surrender of a Lady
5. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn,
6. Bratfest at Tiffany's (The Clique
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Essential
8. A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing
9. Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers
10. Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer
11. Tiffany (Special Edition)
12. My Best Friend's Sister (Forbidden
13. Touch (Bradford Books)
14. 300 Best Casserole Recipes
15. The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany
16. A New Light on Tiffany: Clara
17. Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton
18. Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany
19. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
20. Breakfast at Tiffanys- Complete

1. Summer at Tiffany
by Marjorie Hart
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2007-04-01)
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Asin: B001CJQESU
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Do you remember the best summer of your life?

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.

Hart takes us back to the magical time 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.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memoir of A Summer in NYC
From the moment I saw this book I just knew that I had to read it and would love it. Now I recently had an experience where I hyped a book that I was looking forward to so much, that when I read it and it wasn't as good as I expected, I was crestfallen. But that was not the case this time and I loved every minute of it. I spent all day on a beautiful Sunday outside reading this book - it was that engrossing.

I have always been enamored with America in the 1920's-1940's - my mother always tells me that I was born at the wrong time. Seeing this world through the eyes of Marjorie was just like being there myself. You really got all of the details about fashion and the celebrities they saw while working at Tiffany, the struggles of daily life in NYC, all of the war efforts on the home front. This story encapsulated so many areas of life at this time that the world came to life around you.

This story was so more than just the story of one young woman's exploits while on summer break from college, but it was the story of the first women to work on the Tiffany's floor, as well as a historical snapshot of the summer of 1945 in New York City. You saw more than just how these events affected these two girls' lives, but how they affected the lives of those around them too. You are party to the Empire State Building being hit by a plane, V-J Day, General Eisenhower's parade through the city, The Queen Mary docking in NYC to release mass amounts of troops home, and much more.

I don't know what it is about essentially experiencing the life of a normal American in 1945 that made this such an awesome book, but I loved every minute of it! You will certainly not be disappointed if you pick this one up to read - highly recommended

4-0 out of 5 stars 1945 New York
It's 1945 and Marjorie and her best friend from the University of Iowa, Marty have an opportunity to live in New York City.First they need to find a job and find one they do at Tiffany.

This story recounts Marjorie's and Marty's ture life adventure of living and working in 1945 NYC.They go to Tiffany and manage to obtain job's there as pages; women had never worked on the floor at Tiffany's prior to that time.There jobs were to run errands for the male salesmen on the floor of Tiffany's and take jewelry upstairs to the repair shop.

The story is fascinating since they describe a visit by Judy Garland, relive how they dropped pearls in an elevator and retrieved them, and basically lived and worked in World War II America.

A light hearted look back at 1945 America when we were all more innocent and there was still some mystique left in the world.

4-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air looking into a historical moment in time
The appeal of this memoir is while it is a story from over 50 years ago, it is also one that holds true today - filled with the fun of first being able to go out on the town alone, dates with boys that actually picked you up at the door and you dressed up for a date in dresses even!While the girls were naive, they did something that was unheard of at the time and that really is the heart (and the Hart) behind this story.

Throughout the book Marjorie writes letters home back to her family letting them know of what was happening in New York.Another reminder of a time gone by, and the letter writings posted in the book are filled with young girl excitement about jobs and paychecks.... and who came through the doors of Tiffany's....

This book is a reminder that no matter what the rules have been - gender, race, etc... you can go out and be a trend setter, you never know who will be the next person to do something to change the way the world thinks or acts, it can be as big as changing a nations way of thinking about discrimination, or as small as being the first women on a sales floor at Tiffany's.

Within these pages Marjorie describes what it was like to be in Times Square as the war was announced over.I can not even imagine what that had to feel like!The oneness of all the people all the excitement!

I am taking away from this read a better knowledge of the war and what it was like during 1945, as well as a wee bit of knowledge on how to sniff brandy.

IfMarjorie tells us anything within these pages it is if you are going to dream - dream big.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Summer at Tiffany
I don't know about you - but when I think memoir I think of some of the more depressing stories I've read; stories of abuse and abandonment.I don't know when Memoir became synonymous with those subjects in my head but thank goodness Marjorie Hart was there this week to show me how different memoirs can be.

This book was one of the most pleasant, most nostalgic memoirs I've read. It almost felt like fiction in spots so fantastic were the names and the places being seen.

Tiffany has always been a magical name to me, I mean, what girl doesn't love at least looking at sparkling diamonds or watching Audrey Hepburn on the screen as she emerges from a taxi in front of the famous store.I loved getting an "inside" look at what was like in the 40's during wartime for these girls who made a place for women working in the established store.

Although there wasn't as much store talk as I had hoped there would be, I still wasn't disappointed.Marjorie has some amazing memories and brought goosebumps to my arms more than once as she described the scenes she was seeing in New York at the time of the Japanese surrender.

Overall the book was a very light, perfect summer memoir to read and I highly recommend it if you are looking for that perfect story to read on the beach.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, engaging read
I read this book over a couple of days and found it to be a light, engaging read. I loved reading about the era that the story took place.It seems like such a simpler time.I definitely plan to loan this book out for others to enjoy. Great story! ... Read more

2. Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories (Modern Library)
by Truman Capote
Hardcover: 161 Pages (1994-01-13)
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Asin: 067960085X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
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5-0 out of 5 stars Never Love a Wild Thing
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1959), Truman Capote's classic novella, is a story of innocence, love and sadness in the person of an enigmatic young woman, Holly Golightly. Set in the years of WW II, in New York City, tne story is told in the words of a nameless male narrator and an aspiring writer whom Holly refers to as "Fred" after her soldier brother. Both Holly, going on 19, and the narrator reside in a brownstone apartment building on the East side of Manhattan and live bohemian lives.A third primary character of the story is Joe Bell, a stoic, Tums-chewing bachelor bartender on Lexington Avenue who is a common friend of Holly and Fred.

For all its brevity, "Breakfast at Tiffany" is full of detail and subtle characterizations of its protagonists and its secondary characters. The story is beautifully structured, as it begins with the chronological end of the events it relates and only gradually unfold's Holly's story and character. Capote's language is precise and highly rhythmic.Not a word is wasted. Norman Mailer described Capote as "the best writer of my generation" based upon this little book.

Holly is a girl of uncertain background when she and the narrator befriend each other.She dreams of finding love, wealth, and a true home. She receives money from wealthy male admirers, and she also becomes emeshed with a gangster named Sally whom she visits in Sing Sing once a week.Holly carries enigmatic, coded messages from Sally to one of his associates. Ultimately, she is arrested as an accomplice to Sally and is forced to flee.

Holly is a mix of vulnerablility, innocence and wildness. "Never love a wild thing", she says at a key point of the story in explaining why she declines to become pinned down.Wildness and freedom receive great play in the story.At an earlier point, the narrator admires an expensive antique bird cage large enough for several parotts. Holly buys it as a surprise Christmas present while she makes the narrator promise never to put a bird in it. Holly too flys away at the end. Search and freedom are not ends as Holly looks for a love that perhaps she never finds.

Although Capote writes in a terse, fast-paced style with little introspective commentary, his portrayal of Holly Golightly reminded me of Henry James's portraits of American women. The styles of the two writers are markedly different. Yet both James and Capote in this book share a certain view of American women in their innocence, independence, and surface toughness.For her apparently footlose, sensual lifestyle, Holly values love above all.She shares her favors liberally and is rewarded, but she disaproves of prostitution because it is not an honest expression of feeling. The story expresses something archtypically American. At one point, Holly tells the narrator:

"I've thrown away my horoscopes. I must have spent a dollar on every goddamn star in the goddamn planetarium.It's a bore, but the answer is good things happen to you only if your're good.Good?Honest is more what I mean.Not law-type honest -- I'd rob a grave.I'd steal two-bits off a dead man's eyes if I thought it would contribute to the day's enjoyment-- but unto-thyself-type honest.Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart."

"Breakfast at Tiffany'" can be read quickly, but it is a book that will repay several close rereadings. I wanted to read this book for a long time but never did, possibly because I was put off by what I knew of Capote himself.It was my loss. This is a masterful book with a lead character, Holly, who has deservedly become an American icon.

Robin Friedman

4-0 out of 5 stars Part 1 of my planned three-part Breakfast at Tiffany's program
I'm planning to read Sam Wasson's new book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman.To get there, I first read Truman Capote's original story.Next up, viewing of Blake Edwards' 1961 film.Then, on to Wasson's book.

The three additional stories here are of little weight and value - it's 'Breakfast' that is Capote's slim masterpiece. Its 119 small, generously spaced pages can be easily gulped down in a single setting.

Like 'Catcher in the Rye,' the reader is left amazed that these words were conceived and written 50+ years ago (original publication date: 1958) so vibrant do they feel.Capote's original incarnation makes much plainer than the book the nature of Holly's true vocation.And, contrary to Audrey Hepburn's gauzy, iconographic screen beauty, Capote's Ms. Golightly is, while lithe, of coarser and tougher stock.When my wife asked me my opinion after finishing it, my immediate reaction was that it was sadder and darker than I expected.

Capote's writing is a marvel.As Norman Mailer's cover blurb notes: Capote was - at one point - seen as the best writer of his generation.It's hard not to read these pages and think of his blazing start as a young writer and juxtapose that against the parody he'd become later in life.He abused and wasted his talent through prodigious consumption of drugs and alcohol, not to mention a well-honed talent for blowing up important friendships with his thinly disguised literary send-ups.

5-0 out of 5 stars perfect
This is such a wonderful, easy read that you'll enjoy from start to finish. I think it was perfect. I saw the movie too and while the movie was good, the book is much much better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Indelible
What a charming and eccentric character Holly Golightly is! Capote manages to cram a decent amount of her history and characterization in such a slim novella. It's breathtaking, sucking you in and not letting go until the last word.
Indeed, all the short stories in this collection breathe with the life of the characters. The settings are wide and varied and described in a way that gives you a real picture in your head; not easy to do with a short story!
After reading this, I become more interested in Capote himself. What kind of upbringing must he have had to write on the topics of prostitutes in Haiti with the same aplomb as he does an impoverished little boy and his elderly friend?
This is the first book by Capote I've read, though I've seen "In Cold Blood" the movie and have intended to read that book for a while. I am now more likely to pick it up to read sooner, and also to get a hold of his other work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Long Praise for the Little Book

Allow me to suppose the following: you are reading my review knowing that I gave this petite book the highest score I could have given it; you are reading my review knowing that unless I suffer from a dramatic flair, an excellent score means I lack a large number of negative comments; and, you are reading my review knowing that many editions exist.Thus, for now, I will ignore Mr. Capote and Holly Golightly and discuss the merits of the Modern Library edition.In short: get it over other editions.Yes, I would say the same for a lot of books.Each page is thick, sure, but just thin enough to make each page flip--if you are cognizant of these things like I am--an aesthetic pleasure.The pages themselves are small and a shade of white that does not bother the eyes.Unless you love to study how a given author blends words together, how they set a rhythm with a string of sentences, or are just an indubitably slow reader, the text fills a page in way that does not make it last long.

Look: I would have given this book four stars had it not been for the three short stories.Capote's BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S has enough symbolism to satiate the most thoughtful of readers, but the three short stories add to the already pervasive--in the novella--theme of the loner who is searching, yearning.The three had to be chosen to accompany the novella with care; each significantly adds to the structure, the collection of symbols that BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S starts and "A Christmas Memory" ends. For every fault I can find in the little story, I can find two lovely contributions in the collection of three.

An example of a fault?Many of the details, particularly those concerning Holly Golightly's associations, are unlikely.However, as a result of Capote's stylistic choices, the few specious events in the story--those small moments that are humorous and colorful but ultimately spell-breaking--are made strangely believable.A contradiction, for sure, but a true statement.The relatable first-person narrator attenuates the reader's critical eye enough to allow drifting, the pleasing feeling of following a story and believing it as truth.At times, the effect is unfairly accomplished.For example, the narrator is a young writer whose first apartment is in New York City.He celebrates his birthday on September 30th and is strangely resistant to the ostensibly irresistible Golightly.Sounds like the author to me.This reader was unsure whether or not to believe the nameless narrator was supposed to be Capote himself, but ultimately decided it did not add anything to the story if he was.

If you read for style, all four stories are wonderfully executed."House of Flowers," I do have to say, is abstruse not because of language but because of metaphor.What exactly does one make of the mother-in-law, the ending?"A Diamond Guitar" is excellent, "A Christmas Memory," though as sweet as a smiling puppy, touching like a letter from an old friend, is even stronger--do not be fooled by its tone.Ultimately, however, it is BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S that overcomes, especially stylistically.How well Capote makes us believe, see Holly!What a dazzling thing it is to be led by Capote, his bouncing sentences and wonderful scenes.Read it for sure.All of it.You will think about it longer than it will take you to read. ... Read more

3. Sundays at Tiffany's
by James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
Mass Market Paperback: 320 Pages (2009-06-01)
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Jane Margaux is a lonely little girl. Her mother, a powerful Broadway producer, makes time for her only once a week, for their Sunday trip to admire jewelry at Tiffany's. Jane has only one friend: a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael. He's perfect. But only she can see him. Michael can't stay forever, though. On Jane's ninth birthday he leaves, promising her that she'll soon forget him. Years later, in her thirties, Jane is just as alone as she was as a child. And despite her own success as a playwright, she is even more trapped by her overbearing mother. Then she meets someone-a handsome, comforting, funny man. He's perfect. His name is Michael . . . ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Probably the dumbest book I have ever read
I like a light read as much as the next person, but this book goes way beyond that. The storyline had potential to be good, but the writing was so awful, I could barely finish the book.The book felt way too rushed, especially at the end and left me with so many questions.There was absolutely no character development at all. I have never read a James Patterson book before and now I know I can stay away from any of his other books in the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars SUNDAYS AT TIFFANYS
James Pattersons book Sunday at Tiffany's was a page turner. I love reading books about love and mystery, but that make me think a little. In the book I got a little taste of everything; love, humor, sadness, happines all mixed in one which was really interesting to read. In the beginning I couldn't put the book down. The way Jane had a special connection with her imaginary friend Micheal really felt like I was inside of it and the way everything was described was also phenomenal . But on her ninth birthday Micheal disappears and Jane is crushed inside. She doesn't have many friends so without Micheal she is usually by herself not interacting with kids her own age. Jane's mother is only around her once a week because of her huge job and busy schedule she has as head of a theatre company. When an imaginary friend leaves you, your supposed to forget about them forever, but for some strange reason Jane doesn't and she can't get him off her mind. Those years are tough for her, but 23 years later he runs into her. They re-connect and never stop talking. Each day a new subject rises and are not able to keep their mouths shut. They actually start to fall in love, but will he disappear again like he did the last time? Is she really ready to settle down with him? Each chapter a new problem comes abroad which makes you keep wanting to reading even more. It's a quick read, but one defenitly recommended. Jame Patterson is able to make the childhood friend feel realistic in numerous ways, it warms your heart, and is a great read for kids in middle school and above.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good premise, poorly executed
I had high hopes for this book. The first third is actually quite good, probably the section the publisher read, but from there, it starts to really disappoint. I actually wanted to like this book so I was especially frustrated when it started to tank.

It's a very short, spendy little book with undeveloped characters and more flaws that I care to dictate. The invisible childhood friend turns out to be a complete flop, and the relationship between the girl and her mother has no substance. They spend their lives unable to get along and then, voila, everything is fixed. Not very realistic.

I think this book would have worked better for young adult audiences, especially since it's written at about a fifth grade reading level. But then, there's that stupid sex scene, so I can't even recommend it to a kid.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy read
On one of my short backpacking trips, I had to pack light, physically.So I went to the library and saw this book.It did not feel heavy and looked like a light read, which is what I wanted after hiking 10 miles a day.This book kept me entertained throughout the trip.It was complete fluff and the character developments are rather poor (like who exactly is Michael...?).
But I am giving it 4 stars because this book fulfilled my requirements for my trip.
I did read one reviewer say that "The Time Traveler's Wife" was much better.Somewhat different premise, but I did get the same sense as I was reading it.And yes, I agree that "The Time Traveler's Wife" is a better written book.

4-0 out of 5 stars This was a lovely and romantic story!
I have read the negative reviews of Sundays at Tiffanys and am really surprised.

This was a charmingly romantic love story about a girl whose dream comes true.The imaginary friend who left when she turned 9 was supposed to have been erased from her mind as well as from his mind.When this doesn't happen, magic instead happens!I read this in one afternoon and thought it one of the most romantic love stories I have read in a long time.

I am one who reads a lot of 'heavy' books that have profound meaning, but something like this was a refreshing change.Don't analyze its simplicity....just enjoy the sweet ride! ... Read more

4. The Surrender of a Lady
by Tiffany Clare
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (2010-09-28)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Sold. With one word, Lady Elena Ravenscliffe’s destiny changes forever. Forced into Constantinople’s slave market to pay off her late husband’s debts and save her son, Elena reinvents herself as Jinan—a harem girl adored by the rich lords who bid on her favors. But one man instantly sees through her façade.

Griffin Summerfield, Marquess of Rothburn, let Elena slip through his fingers years ago. When he recognizes her on the auction block, he pays an outrageous sum to possess her even if it is for a short period of time. But when his deadline looms, Griffin will risk all in a desperate bid to make her his—and his alone…

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1-0 out of 5 stars Should I finish this book?
I am 3/4 done with this book after forcing myself to get that far.Yes, this author has done something different than the "normal" historical romance, but where is the romance?Some of the love scenes were erotic and the rest were ho hum and rushed through.Not that I read books for the sex, but I feel that love scenes develop the romantic relationship between the characters, and these two definitely need to have some romance.So far, I don't see how they relate to each other.They recognize each other from the past...and?I just don't think I can finish this book because it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT A DEBUT!!!
What a Debut!
I won't go into the plot itself. It's been done by the reviewers before me. I just had to add my 2 cents (or in this case 5 stars) in. I bought this book on a whim while getting Benadryl for my poor husband, while out of state celebrating our 10th Anniversary. Suffice it to say, he zonked out, and I spent the night reading the book.
WOW!!! The book was a pure pleasure to read! Tiffany Clare has a way with words and her debut book is a welcome relief from recent releases of veteran authors (which I will not name here) that do not deserve to have a word "novel" or "historical" in their genre description. Add to that the fact that it is superbly written and you have a "superior historical romance novel".
The dialogue, deep love and obsession which are admitted by our Hero, Marquess of Rothburn, for Elena Ravenscliffe will blow you away as it is written in such a way that you can FEEL it coming of those pages! The Surrender of a Lady is an all consuming tale filled with intrigue, suspense, and gives us an insight into the human psyche of not just the Hero and Heroine, but the secondary characters as well. This was not your average love story. There are no Virgins here. This love story is for grown-ups.This is about love that survives years of separation and heartbreak.The romance and the sex scenes are exquisitely written, and the secondary characters are very memorable personalities. I especially loved Earl of Asbury and cannot wait for his story.
This is one historical romance that is a must read!
I couldn't put this book down. It left me turning page after page, just wanting to see what happens next and how it ends. This is defiantly a keeper!

4-0 out of 5 stars entertaining early Victorian romance
In 1841 in Constantinople, a shocked Lady Elena Ravenscliffe hears one word "sold" that has her mortified.Her husband Robert says he has had a bad run of luck so he put her up as ante and lost her to a sex slave trader.Although it does her little good, she feels it is fitting that her spouse soon dies.

Elena reinvents herself as Jinan the harem girl in order to protect herself and her infant child.Her master offers her sexual favors to bidders.At a sex auction, Marquess Griffin Summerfield recognizes Jinan as Elena who he wanted back in London.He makes a seemingly exorbitant bid winning her for a few weeks.However, as they spend time together enjoying each other, Griffin knows he needs a revised plan to somehow take his beloved and her son with him back to England.

The Surrender of a Lady is an entertaining early Victorian romance with a wonderful Ottoman Empire prime location that enhances the Elena dilemma.Fast-paced from the moment Robert sells his wife to a sex slave broker to pay off his debts, sub-genre readers will wonder what will happen to the commodity once the three weeks are up and the auctioneer demands her return for her next sale.Although Robert's death is a convenient ending of a relationship problem as he owned his wife, fans will welcome Tiffany Clare into the fold as she provides a super historical.

Harriet Klausner

4-0 out of 5 stars A light spicey read
Yeah, so this had it's moments of "what the heck?". And the main heroine annoying most of the time . But, I thought it was spicey enough to be on level with alot of higer priced erotic Trade publications I've read.This is not suppose to be some great work of art people.Did I enjoy it ?? Yes! And the preview for the next book looks looks good. Looking forward to what this author comes up with.

1-0 out of 5 stars All telling, no showing
I bought this book after reading the First Sale feature on it at Dearauthor. Unfortunately, the book is all telling, and no showing. It relies heavily on narrative summary rather than scenes. When scenes do occur, they are weighed down by repetitive internal monologues. The supposedly daring and novel harem setting was a staple of 70s and 80s historicals, and combined with the second rate writing, makes the book feel like a deservedly forgotten old school boddice ripper. If only the sex scenes had any life in them, this might have been good for some retro fun. ... Read more

5. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
by Sam Wasson
Hardcover: 256 Pages (2010-07-01)
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Asin: 0061774154
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey—dainty, immaculate—is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star. With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before—through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not Really the Dawn.
I don't need to go into details of the book here as there are plenty already posted.It's an account of the making of a movie and is titled "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman."I would have added this to that title: "Modern Woman in the Movies."My reasoning is thus: the modern woman clearly dawned in the 1920s in real life.A few years after Tiffany's there was a movie that explained it all to us: "Thoroughly Modern Millie" wherein Millie bobs her hair and lifts her Victorian skirts.

The book has a manufactured feel.There are places where the author intrudes with hyperbole designed to make the text gripping, but in fact left me wondering how he knew some of these things: how did he get into peoples' minds?

I was grateful to learn that I wasn't the only one who thought that Mickey Rooney's portrait of Mr. Yunioshi nearly destroyed the film, or that George Peppard was too full of himself to give his character a decent reading.But none of this has to do with the Modern Woman.

I don't believe the movie changed much of anything, but happened along at the right time and in the right place.Truman Capote's story is much more exciting.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Captivating, Often Cursory Look Behind Audrey Hepburn's Iconic Role
If you're as much an Audrey obsessive as I am, chances are pretty good that you will be entertained by this slim book, even if much of the back story behind Blake Edwards' Breakfast at Tiffany's is quite familiar. Hepburn's sophisticated take on Holly Golightly was an iconic turn in her storied career, and with his second Hollywood book, author Sam Wasson gives us a rather cursory behind-the-scenes look in the preparation and making of the 1961 film classic. The major problem I had with his treatment was how it read like a series of blog postings instead of a sustained story from start to finish to legacy. The author starts on a promising note as he describes in detail Truman Capote's composition of the original novella upon which the film is based. This part is intriguing as we find out that Capote based Holly on several women, including his mother who, like Holly, was born in the South, married as a teenager, and moved to Manhattan to become a member of café society through a series of casual relationships with wealthy men.

Wasson discusses Capote's first screen choice for Holly, Marilyn Monroe, who probably would have been more credible as a country hick-turned-call girl. Hepburn originally demurred on the role, but she was convinced to accept it as a turning point from the 1950's gamine roles she played throughout her twenties. The screen icon comes across as quite insecure in Wasson's hands as she was precariously balancing movie stardom with new motherhood at the same time crafting a new image of herself as a self-created woman of the world. There are certainly plenty of pages devoted to two of the film's signature ingredients, the little black cocktail dress designed by Hepburn confidante Hubert de Givenchy and the popular Oscar-winning song Moon River by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Both components set new standards after the movie's release - the former as the de rigueur outfit that dominates to this day, the latter as the definitive dreamer song covered by a multitude of music artists.

The author, however, gives short shrift to the film's other contributing factors like Hepburn's male co-stars. He adequately covers the casting controversy over Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, Holly's nosy Japanese neighbor, a part that was supposed to be played by a real Japanese actor. However, leading man George Peppard is barely mentioned and only in derogatory terms since his frustrating Method techniques evidently took their toll on his fellow cast members like Patricia Neal. There is also a useless section about a 1960's feminist who moves to New York and works her way up the ladder in book publishing. The apparent point of introducing this tangent was to draw parallels with Holly's sense of liberation, but the irony is that the character is really a ne'er-do-well who is desperately trying to find ways not to work. The author seems intent to position Hepburn's quietly subversive Holly as the "new woman" in charge of her life when in fact, she succumbs to Peppard's charms to live happily ever after with her no-name cat. Wasson is apparently asserting through Hepburn's performance that you can have your cake and eat it, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fifty years ago today
Sam Wasson's delightful new book, "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M." takes us back to a time in our history when innocence clashed with a budding maturity and there was no better seminal film than "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to expose us to the end of the 1950s and signal in a more modern era. While the subtitle of Wasson's book may be misleading to some, I found this breezy read fascinating. The lead-up to the film, mostly told here through Audrey Hepburn's early life and career, is crowned with a rare and intricate look at how a film is made, the sequence of shooting the scenes and the personalities beyond camera length.

It helps to have recently viewed "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (me, for the first time) in order to savor the stories behind its creation. Hepburn is certainly the star of the book as well as the movie, and curiously, Wasson presents the other actors in not much more than cameo appearances. The real human interest stories lie with director Blake Edwards, screenwriter George Axelrod, composer Henry Mancini, costume designers Hubert de Givenchy and Edith Head, and author Truman Capote, whose disdain of Hepburn in the title role of Holly Golightly was legendary.

Author Wasson is at his best in describing how, when and where some of the scenes were shot, but he's especially terrific explaining the party scene from the film and how it evolved. It's a wonderful addition to the book and makes me want to see the film a second time.

The first scenes in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" were filmed fifty years ago today...October 2, 1960. It was a product of a time of change in American culture and reflected the start of a decade that would end up as far from decorous as it had started. Sam Wasson has written an entertaining account in his "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M." and I highly recommend it for those readers who are interested in the make-up of the film and how society, ever so slowly, had begun to change.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I ordered this book hoping for a somewhat scholarly discussion of feminism and how women's changing roles were portrayed in the movies.What I got was a rather amateurish if entertaining behind the scenes look at making the movie.Heavy on "dish" but light on scholarship, the author uses phrases like "a Broadway hangout with a honey of a bar"in complete earnestness, or tries to be cool with lines like "handshakes, backslaps, and across-the-room waves were passed around like a hooker at an all-night orgy.". Besides being offensive, it makes it impossible to take this book seriously.Not to mention the section headings like "What Johhny Mercer does in bed" (which turns out to be writing song lyrics) and "Does Edith Head give good costume?". I'm sure that would kill a room full of 7th graders, but adults find it puerile.So if you're looking for a light, fun read about a period of Hollywood history, this book may be for you.If you want a serious discussion of women's issues, don't be misled by the title like I was.

1-0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointment
Seems to me that the author spent more time on trying to be cutesy and "kookie" himself instead of writing the book clearly.Also, it seemed that the point he tried to make about the impact of the movie on society was overkill.No one incident in the 1960's brought about the sexual revolution.

While the subject matter was quite interesting, I found the author's writing to be terribly convoluted.He constantly introduced topics that were unrelated and people that were unrelated to the story.

If you would like to read it----check it out from the library, it is NOT a keeper. ... Read more

6. Bratfest at Tiffany's (The Clique #9)
by Lisi Harrison
Paperback: 227 Pages (2008-02-05)
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Massie Block: The Briarwood boys have invaded OCD and are taking over everything. Worse, the soccer boys have become so popular that the Pretty Committee's alpha status is in serious jeopardy. So Massie lays out a New Year-New Pretty Committee rule: Anyone caught crushing on a boy will be thrown out of the NPC-forever. But will she be able to follow her own decree when she sees that Derrington has ditched his shorts-obsession in favor of ah-dorable jeans?

Alicia Rivera: Is the opposite of onboard with the boyfast. Her crush, the Ralph Lauren-luh-ving Josh Hotz, is more irresistible than crème brûlée fro-yo. But is he worth losing her spot in the NPC? And taking on the wrath of Massie?

Dylan Marvil: Is so ready for the boyfast. She's straightened her unruly red hair and permanently pressed boys out of her life. If only she could do the same with curly fries and caramel popcorn.

Kristen Gregory: Has traded her sporty-chic Pumas for Billabong board shorts and a shark tooth necklace. She claims she's sworn off boy-crushes, so what's with her Blue Crush makeover?

Claire Lyons: Spent all summer thinking about Cam's one blue eye and one green eye. But now he's moved on to a new girl faster than you can say cuh-yutest couple. At least Claire finally has a secure spot in the NPC-unless jealousy-flirting breaks the boyfast. . . .

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Clique
Lisi Harrison does it again. This book was quite enjoyable and never bored me. I'm glad Lisi is still charmed and kicking.

5-0 out of 5 stars LUV LISI AND LUV THIS BOOK
this book was perfectly exicuted everything kept you anxious of what would happen next. you can never really predict what is going to happen wen your reading lisi's books. when Alicia turns unexpectedly on the NPC Claire is shocked. she knew Alica would NEVER risk her place in the PC but when she is caught flirting with Josh Hotz during a strict boyfast she is kicked out and is forced to hand in her braclet

4-0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter loved it!
This book got lost in the mail. When I contacted the seller they were prompt in making it right and sending another.

5-0 out of 5 stars EHMAGAWD!!
Loved it! The Clique books are SO freaking addicting! I recommend this book to every Clique fan, and to people who haven't read any of them, I totally recommend them! I am 12 too, so I can absolutely relate to these amazing stories! Five stars! <3

5-0 out of 5 stars Bratfest at Tiffany's
Bratfest at Tiffany's

By: Hayley, NWMS 6th Grade Book Project

The name of the book I have read is Bratfest atTiffany's by Lisa Harrison. This book is very unique in many ways. They have their own way of talking that their little group uses. My opinion of this book is fantastic!! Everything in it is fantastic!!
This book is all about a clique who just has to be perfect. They have style, they have looks that's nobody else has. Their names are Massie, Kristen, Dylan, Alicia, and Claire. This book sets at their school and in school trailers. The trailers are the problem in this book. Nobody knows they are going to be in them. But when they find out they are furious.
But it's no match for Massie. She makes it the place everyone wants to be at. Before this book the boys school flooded from the hot tub accident they had to join the girls on their school. The clique hated it. But everyone else loved it.
Massie Block is the main character in this book. She is the head alpha in her school and everybody looks up to her. Massie Block is very rich and gets whatever she wants. She is always in control of her friends and makes up jokes about everybody. But they are only playing. But not when anybody else makes them mad. They make everybody want to be them. But Massie will not ever let another girl in the pretty committee after Claire.
Massie plays a big part in this book. She is the main character that the students look up to. This book wouldn't be wonderful is she was not in it. Even though she is the mean girl at the end she turns out to be nice, but not too nice. That would make people think they can sit with her and talk with her. She would never do that.
All the main characters which are Massie's best friends are similar because they all want to be perfect. They want people to know them. They want to be the people the other kids look up to. Plus they all have secrets about each other that the person does not know. Even though they have dirty secrets they are best friends. Another thing they have that is similar is that they think that they are so perfect. When they are like everybody else, but they wouldnever admit it.
I enjoyed reading this book because it's an everyday life problem for some people. It is really interesting to see what happens. You never want to put the book down it so great. The partI did not enjoy was the part where Massie kicked Alicia out of the clique, which they call it the pretty committee. That wasn't the best part ever for me. The things that makes this book unique is that that have their secrets about each other they tell to their leader Massie Block. Plus they speak in a way that nobody at their school really speaks. For example, LBR means loser beyond repair. I would like the author to add more characters that try to be like the pretty committee. But it is also good the way it is. I would strongly recommend this book to people who are on middle school or in the fifth grade. That is when people start to go through this stuff.

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7. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Essential Penguin)
by Truman Capote
Paperback: 160 Pages (1998-09-03)
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With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal - to find a real life place like Tiffany's that makes her feel at home. Immortalized in a film starring Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is full of sharp wit and in its exuberant cast of characters vividly captures the restless, slightly madcap era of early 1940s New York. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Holly would, if she could...
This is my first time reading a Capote work and I was just dying to see if the book was anything at all like the movie--it was.But I like the movies ending better!Very imaginative storyline-Holly is larger than life and that is truly the way I like my fiction characters.Overall a good read.The short stories that followed were quite good, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The purchase was as easy as can be and surprisingly quick. Great Amazon reaching forgotten far away places like mine.
I bet everybody has seen the cult movie starring Audrey Hepburn, well i enjoyed the novella too and so did my students. We worked on the differences in class and my high school students really appreciated the lessons.
The book was second hand and was rated good which was absolutely true.
The customer is fully satisfied.

4-0 out of 5 stars Living life to the fullest
A young lady's hectic life in New York in the 1940's.A beautiful, unpredictable 19 year-old living life to the fullest, from one party to the next, breaking hearts here & there, in short, quite a tease.A strong character indeed, with a hidden fragility coming from an obscure past, a past that she does not want to share with anyone.Meet Holly Golightly, Travelling.She is here depicted by one of her previous neighbours, a young writer with whom she shared quite a few adventures and a strong bond. Holly doesn't seem to have peace, she is forever on her way out, dazzling, attractive.A young woman of the world, well known by New York socialites and not only.Some of her connections are questionable and will they get her into trouble?That is for you to find out.

I loved the narrative.My first book by Truman Capote, better late than never (I had seen the film but could not remember it) and a real discovery.Simple, elegant, to the point, funny and sad simultaneously, conveying Holly's character in a perfect way.I was expecting a heart-breaking love story but this was not it.It was more than that.Strong, fragile Holly (probably still travelling) is a very likeable personage.The other characters including the narrator, mostly in the background, also find a perfect niche to complement the novel.

It was an interesting choice by the author that she was depicted in an era when most ladies' place was at home.Independent, not caring a bit about being "judged".Looking for love?Looking for "something"?Is that why she is forever running around?Well, as long as she can relax with breakfast at Tiffany's, all is ok.

Read this book, a few delightful pages (it's very short) that will leave you hanging in there for an answer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Writing
This is a short novella, and a page turner set in New York city in the 1950s or late 1940s.

Truman Capote, 1924 to 1984, is a well know American writer. I have read a number of his works including his famous In Cold Blood, a book that I recommend highly. Also, I read some of his early work including Other Voices, Other Rooms, and many of his short stories. Generally, he is regarded as an excellent writer or a highly gifted writer. He ranks among the best of his time. In Cold Blood is probably his finest work and one of the better crime books of the twentieth century.

There are some parallels between Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby and Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's. Both show an attempt by the writers to write a novel different from their prior works using clear and straightforward prose, and with relatively coherent plots. One could say these works were more commercially oriented. Perhaps they had the idea of novels as the basis of screenplays or a play. The work is less complex than most of Capote's prior works and it seems more polished. Capote called it the beginning of his second career where he thinned out the prose. It is the opposite of his obscure and creative Other Voices, Other Rooms. F. Scott Fitzgerald made similar comments in his diaries on the preparation of Gatsby.

This is a short novel or novella. It involves the fictitious friend of the writer, Holly Golightly, and their mutual friend Joe Bell, a bar owner in Manhattan. She is a free spirit and a neighbour of the narrator living below him in an apartment. They share the telephone at Joe's bar, and Joe takes messages for them. We follow some of her escapades and the relationship between the narrator and Holly. We assume that the narrator is like Capote.

In my own mind, it seems difficult to equate the woman in the story with Audrey Hepburn who appears in the movie version. The woman in the book seems younger, more sexual, and more manipulative.

This is a very entertaining book which is hard to put down.It is among the best works of Capote

Fine writing: 5 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars a classic
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a true American classic.At 100 pages, it is a quick read, but a must for the faithful reader.The other 3 short stories included in this compilation are even quicker at about 20 pages each.Very entertaining.Good for a light read. ... Read more

8. A Hat Full of Sky: The Continuing Adventures of Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men
by Terry Pratchett
Mass Market Paperback: 448 Pages (2005-06-01)
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Something is coming after Tiffany ...

Tiffany Aching is ready to begin her apprenticeship in magic. She expects spells and magic -- not chores and ill-tempered nanny goats! Surely there must be more to witchcraft than this!

What Tiffany doesn't know is that an insidious, disembodied creature is pursuing her. This time, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the fierce, six-inch-high Wee Free Men can protect her. In the end, it will take all of Tiffany's inner strength to save herself ... if it can be done at all.

A Story of Discworld

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another great listen
I really enjoy Stephen Briggs reading Terry Pratchett. Even though the main character of this book is a girl, it's not bothersome in one bit to have the story read by a man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pratchett at his best
To me one of the best of Terry Pratchett.
It is standalone but it might be even more enjoyable if read after "The Wee Free Men".
I read them in reverse order and still think it is one of the best.
Other tops on my short list:
Guards guards
The fifth elephant

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight
Not a typical Discworld book...but a wonderful story arc with the typical and unrivalled Pratchett humour.Perfect for all ages.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hat Full Of Sky - Pratchett does it again
Yes, Terry Pratchett does it again, with another feather in the cap of the Discworld many and varied population. This spin off works on many levels, Discworld fans get a different slant on their favorite witch characters and new or young fans get a well written novel that is populated with full 3 dimensional characters. Although offered as a "young adult" book, this story satisfys the adult reader aswell. He is a superb observer of human nature and never fails to shine a light on the emotions, thoughts and actions of his characters. An enjoyable and well written story to be enjoyed by fans of any age, with the usual mix of worry and fun that reflects real life in a fantasy world.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Hat Full of Sky
this is one of the three about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men - typical of Terry Pratchett's style. I was sorry to finish them - Pratchett's sense of humour and bizarre imagination can be relied on for a great read.

They seem to be classified as children's books, but apart from the fact that it is about a young girl, the stories are as entertaining as all of the other Terry Pratchett stories. The idea of the Wee Free Men is brilliant and their speech, a brogue, is perfect. I hope there are more in this series. ... Read more

9. Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers
by Walter Hoving
Hardcover: 96 Pages (1989-03-18)
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Written by the former chairman of Tiffany's, this is a simplified, illustrated guide to basic table manners for anyone--teenaged or not--who'd like to dine correctly. More than a handbook on which fork to use, this small volume explains how to be graceful and sociable when dining out and at home. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars But Is It Polite Enough?
My personal technique, which I consider the paragon of good manners, is to securely hold the plate at a 45 degree angle, with the proximal edge resting upon the lower lip (no more than 1/2 inch into my mouth mind you).

I then straighten my fingers, and stiffen my arm at the elbow in a 90 degree angle, much like a karate chop.

I then scoop the contents of the plate into my mouth, with my kung-fu grip hand, making sure to herd as much of the cuisine into my maw as is possible. Any loose particules that may escape on either side of my mouth are thoughtfully caught by the table cloth, the end of which I always tuck into the collar of my shirt.

At the end of the meal, I never neglect to considerately roll the end of the tablecloth up, securing any remaining crumbs of food within the folds, and place the bindle in the center of the plate. Always be sure to thoroughly lick your plate clean, so as to relieve your host or hostess of the strain of scrubbing your plate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn some manners already
Purchased for a friends daughter in hopes that her mother would read it. I hope it gets read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not All There
I rate this book very low for its lack of information and explanations.And for my expectation of "Tiffany's" to be a premiere source of information.

It seems the book was written as a refresher course with the assumption that some basics were covered perhaps in another text.

The illustrations are quite poor and some are not clear, especially on how to hold utensils.There was no mention of the use of glassware.

There were a number of typographical errors and archaic phrases such as "mashie niblick" that left me wishing I had found another resource.

Lastly, I would have liked information on how to determine the number of courses or the meal to be served by observing the table setting.

Perhaps this was a good resource in it's day, but it needs a lot of updating, in my opinion.

I'm only sorry I cannot offer a better book since I thought this would be all we'd need to learn table manners and etiquette...alas

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiffany's Table Manners for Teens
I bought this book for a young professional. It's great for teens and even better for adults who are just not sure of the fine points of table etiquette.It's written with easy-to-follow instructions, with clever illustrations.I picked up a few pointers myself.Perfect gift for someone who needs a little more confidence in business/social dining situations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun gift
This little book is very entertaining and very accessible.

It's also a great fake-out gift for your teenagers at Christmas.That Tiffany's bag got my heart racing on Christmas morning when I found it under the tree back in the day (thanks, Dad!). ... Read more

10. Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay
by Tiffany L. Warren
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (2009-11-01)
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As President of Grace Savings and Loans, Charmayne Ellis is an established, polished professional. Although she has reached great success, her ridiculing mother and wise cracking younger sister won't let her forget that she is a 36-year-old, overweight, unmarried woman.

In an attempt to help, Charmayne's best friend, Lynette, is obsessed with setting her up on a series of pity-driven blind dates. When a drop-dead gorgeous man, Travis Moon, shows interest, Charmayne's caution light blinks like crazy. But out of loneliness and pressure from her family Charmayne ignores her gut feeling and gets married.

Yet instead of marital bliss, Charmayne begins to discover new things about her husband that force her to question her marriage and her faith in God. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
This book was fantastic! I lvoe Tiffany Warren. I cannot get enough of her books. I have all of them! :) The book was very engaging.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was a really good book. I couldn't stop reading it. All I can say is how awesome Tiffany L. Warren is. She did a great job implementing the Lords will and word in this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Blinded By Love
She was a bank President and a devout church goer. In fact she was the armor bearer for the 'First Lady' at the 'Bread of Life Apostolic' church. So why was Charmayne Ellis now standing in the middle of the streets in her own blood having a nervous break-down? Charmayne had always had a low opinion of herself mostly, because she was a Big woman. Big meaning the size woman that folks whispered and made fun of for carrying two plates in a buffet line. She had two really good friends Lynette and Ebony who were both thin and very attractive.

Charmayne had known Lynette since high school. Listening to Lynette's stories about her many male admirers over the years was the closest thing she had to a love life. Charmayne thought she'd be alone forever, because a man with all the traits she wanted in a man would never be interested in her. She had gone unnoticed by those type of men all of her life. So she accepted the fact that she would just be successful at her job, a dutiful daughter to her Mother, a good friend to Lynette and Ebony, and a faithful servant to the Lord. Those things and food would keep her satisfied. At least that was, before she met the man of her dreams Travis Moon. Travis was fine, intelligent, religious, romantic, and he had a job. He fit every item on her list. He was the boost to her self-esteem that she had always needed. Travis was the eye-candy on her arm that all the thin women she knew wished they had on their arms. Her prayers had been answered, but had she fallen in love too fast? After all he was the janitor at the bank and she was the President.

While reading this story I couldn't help, but empathize with Charmayne Ellis. In fact, Tiffany Warren wrote this book in such a realistic way it was as though she was actually sitting in a corner watching these characters in real life. The story flows from the present to the past and back to the present with ease and expertise. From the first day I started reading this book I was thoroughly entertained. Reading 'Farther Than I Meant To Go, Longer Than I Meant To Stay' will let you see what could happen when you question the message that God is sending you.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Christian Fiction
Tiffany L. Warren penned a powerful and authentic novel about the struggles Christians face in relationships and family. I think that many women can relate to the characters in this book. You do not have to be church going to appreciate the story. This is a must read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't Let Time Slip Away!
"Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay, by Tiffany L. Warren was an awesome literary piece of work. The author engaged us with thought provoking situations encountered by the lead character, Charmaine. You will ask yourself some tough questions like "Who is the real me?" ... Read more

11. Tiffany (Special Edition)
Hardcover: 350 Pages (2008-01-01)
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This volume presents Tiffany's magical lamps and stained glass. This lavish volume provides an overview of the fifty-year career and the highly innovative and creative work of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The inventor of Favril Glass, an opalescent glass with deep, glowing color that far surpassed, in quality and beauty, all existing techniques, Tiffany was one of the most original and influential designers and America's leading exponent of Art Nouveau.Tiffany Studios, founded in 1889, were well known for their use of sensuous, organic, natural and floral forms. Tiffany's iridescent colored vases and his lampshades with their haunting colors became extremely popular and sought after the world over. Although known primarily as a glass artist, Tiffany was also involved in interior design, furniture, rugs, ceramics, mosaics, jewelry, bronzes, desk sets, mirrors and more. He decorated the White House, as well as the homes of Mark Twain, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and others.With some 400 color plates, text by Jacob Baal-Teshuva, a documentary index, and an illustrated biography/bibliography, Louis Comfort Tiffany pays homage to the brilliant life's work of the man who revolutionized both the art and technique of stained glass. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of photos
This book gives a detailed account of Tiffanys works in most of the mediums he chose. The photographs are gorgeous.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiffany - A fabulous Book to Own
This is truly the most fabulous book on Tiffany's works,including many illustrations of works not previously seen.  As a Tiffany book collector, I know that Nuestadt's book may have more lamps illustrated, but none have the incomparable colors and qualities as the images in this book.  They are truly magnificent pictures (over 400 color plates)on a black ackground and are of the same quality as Sotheby & Christie's catalog pictures.  Tiffany at Auction by Alastair Duncan may be a collectors item, but having seen it, most of the pictures in that book are in black and white and do not begin to compare with this book.  While the Sotheby and & Christie catalogs display beautiful pictures, they only show what people choose to sell, unlike this book that shows treasures that I have never before seen in any of the books or catalogs that I have collected.But this book has so much more.  Almost every lamp picture has a close up of the actual pattern.  As a stained glass worker, these close ups are sufficient for you to reproduce the design.  The outstanding and superlative index at the rear contains small thumbnails of each work of art in the book with illuminating information and page number shown foreasy access to the item.  Actual copies of the Tiffany factory workbooks,similar to Nash's new Tiffany Notebook book, are included in this book.
Of course, this book also has the requisite biography of Tiffany.  One third of book is biography and windows, second third is lamps, and last third is vases, index and bibliography.
You will NOT be disappointed in this book - it's the best that is available as far as I am concerned. ... Read more

12. My Best Friend's Sister (Forbidden Love Series)
by Tiffany Parker
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-11-20)
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Is Forbidden Fruit always the best?

The exceptionally beautiful Alexandra Carter wants the philandering Kimble Brown, had since she was old enough to really take notice of her brother's best friend. There are unfortunately two major hurdles standing in her way, her brothers and Kimble. Not only is Kimble a notorious ladies man, he has been friends with her brother's for years. Unfortunately, because her brothers know so much about Kimble there is no way they are going to approve of him dating their only sister.

Kimble Brown, a self admitted player is more attracted to Alexandra than even he wants to admit. He feels in his heart that she is the one woman he would gladly turn in his player's card for, but what if he's wrong? What if once he has had her, she becomes just another conquest to him? Because of his undeniable attraction to her, he has to decide what was more important. The friendship he had with her brothers or the undeniable feeling he has for Alexandra? If he gives in to his feeling and seduces the lovely lady, his friendship might not survive? Unable to contain their feeling for each other Alexandra and Kimble are about to face the consequences of giving into temptation. ... Read more

13. Touch (Bradford Books)
by Tiffany Field
Paperback: 193 Pages (2003-04-01)
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Asin: 0262561565
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The first sensory input in life comes from the sense of touch while a baby is still in the womb, and touch continues to be the primary means of learning about the world throughout infancy, well into childhood. Touch is critical for children’s growth, development, and health, as well as for adults’ physical and mental well-being. Yet American society, claims Tiffany Field, is dangerously touch-deprived.Field, a leading authority on touch and touch therapy, begins this accessible book with an overview of the sociology and anthropology of touching and the basic psychophysical properties of touch. She then reports recent research results on the value of touch therapies, such as massage therapy, for various conditions, including asthma, cancer, autism, and eating disorders. She emphasizes the need for a change in societal attitudes toward touching, particularly among those who work with children. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A must have for every touch therapist
Touch by Tiffany Field is one of the books that should be read by anyone who is involved with human touch, and that's everyone. Although touch is a universal need, it is so easily overlooked in today's modern world. This book gives the scientific evidence of something we intuitively know is good for us.

Especially touch therapists need to have this book in their personal library. It's a great resource to deepen your knowledge.

Martine Groeneveld, Author Mommy, Draw Stars on my Tummy; Rhymes, Songs and Touch-Play Activities to Stay Connected

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fundamental Look at Touch
This is an introduction to the deep, important, and fascinating subject of touch by the foremost researcher in the field. While it may not be the best book imaginable on touch, it is the best book available on touch. Simply put, Touch by Tiffany Field is a book that anyone who has ever been touched or wants to touch should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for touch therapists
This is not exactly a groundbreaking piece of work, yet it succeeds by convicting us of something that we have so taken for granted and lightly - the importance of touch for survival and well-being. The subject matter in this book is familiar to many of us, and therefore very accessible. It seems intuitive, something we have known all along, except we don't think much about.

Highly recommended for those who seek to stay in touch with themselves as well as others. ... Read more

14. 300 Best Casserole Recipes
by Tiffany Collins
Paperback: 352 Pages (2010-09-09)
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Friendly, soothing and convenient to make, casseroles are perfect for busy lifestyles.

Home life is especially challenging when a negative economy combines with intense time pressures. Casseroles offer relief by delivering great comfort foods with convenient prep times. These dishes are perfect for busy home cooks looking for great make-ahead dishes for a quick and easy weeknight meal or when entertaining during the weekend. Households on the go can prepare and freeze single or full servings, ready to accommodate everyone's schedule.

Most of the recipes in 300 Best Casserole Recipes feature ingredients that are already in pantries, cupboards or freezers. There are entire chapters devoted to breakfast and brunch casseroles, vegetarian and gluten-free options, classic chicken dishes and even desserts. Some of these tasty dishes are:

  • Smoked gouda mac and cheese
  • Ratatouille casserole
  • Beef pot pie
  • Black bean enchilada casserole
  • Southwestern shepherd's pie
  • Crab strata
  • Bacon and leek quiche
  • Twice baked potato casserole
  • Corn spoon bread
  • Stuffed spareribs
  • No-pasta lasagna
  • Paella with sausage
  • Bread pudding with whiskey sauce
  • Caramel rocky road bars
  • Pecan pie brownies

Many of the recipes also include alternatives and tips to help make them lighter and healthier.

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15. The Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany
by Martin Eidelberg, Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Nancy McClelland, Lars Rachen
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2005-09-01)
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Asin: 0865651639
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the first book devoted to Tiffany lamps in more than 20 years. Experts in the field have made a selection of exceptional lamps-many of which have rarely been seen or published-and each one has been newly photographed with the latest photographic techniques to reveal in extraordinary detail the artistic quality and high craftsmanship of these masterpieces of decorative art.

Martin Eidelberg and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen have contributed essays on the history of the lamps, enlarging our understanding of Louis Comfort Tiffany's achievement. They have also drawn upon a host of previously unpublished photographs, paintings, and watercolors by Tiffany and other artists in his employ, as well as on working drawings and studio photographs, to evoke the lost gardens and interiors of Tiffany's country estate, Laurelton Hall, that so inspired him. They outline the development and manufacture of the Tiffany lamp from freehand sketch to the finished form, as well as the chief decorative themes in Tiffany's glass masterpieces and their relation to the work of other fin de siècle glassmakers. In this book, light, color, and the inspiration of nature co-mingle to produce a deliciously sensuous experience. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Stained Glass Photo's I've Seen
I've never seen a finer book of Tiffany Lamp photographs.The photographer for this book developed a new technique for photographing stained glass and this is a landmark book.There are photo's in this book of some of the rarest of all the Tiffany lamps - many I've never seen before.Buy this book before it goes out of print!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great New Book on Tiffany Lamps
Over the years, there have been many books written on Tiffany's leaded glass lamps.

Most were very expensive, they had very biased opinions of the author, and some were down right full of technical errors!

I use these books as references to make my reproduction pieces. Without these resources, my job is a lot more difficult.

It is so refreshing to find a new book that not only has excellent quality photos, but also presents a fresh review of a very important topic!

Overall, I found very few technical miscues and I think this book is the best value on the planet for this niche. It contains several previously unpublished lamp patterns. The photos of actual equipment used at Tiffany Studios is very impressive. The authors did their homework!

If you want a great starter book for your library on Tiffany or just need a beautiful book for your coffee table, this book is a winner!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lamps of Tiffany
I really enjoyed this book. The color full page pictures are great.

5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on the subject, for glass artists or just droolers
I'd postponed writing a review of this book because I imagined that it was only fair to read the entire text before I wrote about it. I've never really gotten to concentrate on the words, though, because the photos are so, *SO* astonishingly beautiful.

This isn't simply a collection of lamp pictures, taken as though they're head-and-shoulders photos in a police lineup. Many of the lamps have multiple views, from very small (to show off how drapery glass was used, for instance), to a general detail shot, to photographs of the bases the company used to accompany the shade. The photography quality is excellent; you really see everything you need. A professional glass artist (or drooling amateur like myself) can see the details and understand why these lamps set the bar for stained glass. Even if you know NOTHING about the subject, you'll be blown away by the overwhelming prettiness of the material.

I'm not sure if this book represents every Tiffany lamp ever made, but it must come close. Additional images show related material, such as photos of Tiffany's Long Island home (wow), cartoons for lamps we've never seen, and Tiffany Studios' 1904 advertisements for its lamps. Most of the book, however, is a study of the lamps themselves, organized by topic (such as fauna or wetlands), and analyzed in some detail.

When I drag my eyes away, I can recognize that the prose is as complete as the photographs. In addition to the historical context in which the lamps were created, there's plenty of history and analysis about their manufacture. ("Another watercolor rendering in the collection in the Metropolitan Museum is for a Snowball shade [figure 93]. Here, because of the model's domical form, the designer compensated for the curvature of the surface by opening the top sections of the shade into a series of regular projections, just as a cartographer has to allow for the curvature of the globe.") Some of it is a bit dry and academic, at least for those of us who are here primarily to say, "ooh, how pretty!" but if you cared about the details, you would definitely appreciate its depth. In other words: there's plenty to look at, and there's plenty to read, depending on what you're looking for.

You can find a few other collections of Tiffany's works, but I can't imagine you'll find a better one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great New Tiffany Lamp Book
It is about time that another great book joins the volumes published in the 70's and 80's.There is some new information here as well as photos of lamps that have not been seen for years.This book is well worth the money for any fan of these incredible lamps. ... Read more

16. A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls
by Margi Hofer
Hardcover: 200 Pages (2007-07-25)
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Presents celebrated works of Tiffany Studios in an entirely new context, focusing on the women who labored behind the scenes to create the masterpieces now inextricably linked to the Tiffany name. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars There are several pictures of my Grandmother then in her 20's
What a wonderful find this was for our family. There are so few photographs left of someone who gave us so much love. Her brother also worked for Tiffany in the show room.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Both Scholars and the Casually Interested
A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

I found this book fascinating, as I have been researching the stained glass windows and other memorial gifts in the Nave of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, Missouri, the Cathedral Church of the Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri.Agnes Fairchild Northrop (1857-1953) was discussed in this book, and there were two photographs of her.I was eager to learn about her because the largest Tiffany window in our Cathedral is based on a window Agnes designed in 1910 for Helen Miller Gould, and I wanted to include as much information about her as I could in the book I'm preparing.

But the stories of Clara Driscoll and the other "Tiffany girls" were just so interesting to me, and it was almost like having been there, and being able to see and experience all the events and activities behind the man and his art glass company which has certainly attained mythic heights in American culture.The research was detailed and impeccable.

And the price was so reasonable!

If you're reading this, you're already at your computer, so what are you waiting for?Buy it, already!

5-0 out of 5 stars the central role of women artists and others in Tiffany creations
Looking into how the highly-valued Tiffany lamps and other fine objects came to be, the three authors disclose the critical, unique part Clara Driscoll had in this. Driscoll served as a major creative force for many Tiffany lamps by her own artistic sense and as director of a staff of other talented women. Recently found correspondence of Driscoll's--an Ohio native who lived from 1861 to 1944--verifies that she was mostly responsible for the classic Tiffany designs of the Wisteria, Dragonfly, and Peony.

The authors do not aim to devalue Louis Comfort Tiffany's (1848-1933) role and reputation in giving Driscoll her due. They seek mainly to lay out a broader, more informed understanding of the creation of the timeless Tiffany works. Parts of the book go beyond Driscoll's place in the company to see her as representative of sprightly, adventuresome, and bright young American woman coming into the American workforce and into large cities in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Besides Driscoll, there were a number of other similarly-talented and -natured women who contributed to the inimitable design and outstanding status of the Tiffany lamps and other objects. Collectively known as the "Tiffany Girls," many are pictured in available period photographs; and all known are given biographical notes. ... Read more

17. Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist's Country Estate (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)
by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen
Hardcover: 276 Pages (2006-12-01)
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Asin: 0300117876
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This beautiful book focuses on Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York. Beginning in 1902, Tiffany (1848–1933) designed every aspect of the immense home, which had eighty-four rooms and eight levels, and extensive grounds into which the house was carefully integrated. Tiffany’s residential masterpiece was also a quasi-museum, for he filled it with his own works—windows, glassware, pottery, enamels, lamps, oil paintings, and watercolors—as well as with objects from his collections of Islamic, Asian, and Native American art.
Laurelton Hall burned down in 1957, but about ten years earlier most of its contents had been removed and sold. Every aspect of the estate is examined and re-created in this volume: its terraced gardens with fountains and pools; the many outbuildings; and Tiffany’s life there. The interior decoration of Laurelton Hall, a particular focus of the book, is represented by both numerous period photographs and newly commissioned color photography of surviving artworks and salvaged architectural components from the estate. For all who admire Tiffany and his work, this book presents a unique portrait of his remarkable home.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Dry Going
I found this book very dry.I am a Tiffany fan and create Tiffany stained glass reproductions as a hobby.I think anyone who is not already a devotee should think twice about this book.I really doesn't add much to the information already out there.Cut and paste literature at best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Louis Comfort Tiffany's Laurelton Hall
This is an excellent and scholarly book filled with incredible photos and descriptions of LCT's home, Laurelton Hall.The author has written a series of fine chapters that look at all aspects of this magnificent residence.What the fire at Laurelton destroyed, this book restores with words and photos. For all of you who love Tiffany's artistry, this book is not to be missed!

4-0 out of 5 stars Tiffany Book
Nicely put together and informative for those who are seriously interested in the life and works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. ... Read more

18. Masterworks of Louis Comfort Tiffany
by Alastair Duncan, Martin Eidelberg, Neil Harris
Hardcover: 160 Pages (1998-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Duncan set up by tax evader
This terrific book is the museum show catalog for an amazing Tiffany exhibit organized by Alastair Duncan the world's top authority on Tiffany glass and the most prolific author on the subject.To address the review regarding his conviction for selling a stolen window it MUST be noted that he was set up by a crooked Tiffany dealerwho was working for a politically ambitious and corrupt federal prosecutor.

5-0 out of 5 stars however...
Mr. Duncan is currently being charged in connection with selling at least one stolen Tiffany window. He bought it for 30K andsold it to a party in Japan for 220K. The theft was not discovered until he tried to do it again 6 yrs later.

4-0 out of 5 stars Brief Info on Book
Hardback, 160 pps, 125 illustrations/72 full-color
Shows Tiffany's wide range of versatility: enamels, jewelry, bronzes,ceramics, mosaics and paintings.A very good overview.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterworks is a valuable reference and a fun read!
As a stained glass artist, I am impressed with the excellent writing and photography in this book. Mr. Duncan is an author whose name I associate with superb photography and interesting information. ... Read more

19. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
by Tiffany Baker
Hardcover: 341 Pages (2009-01-08)
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When Truly Plaice's mother was pregnant, the town of Aberdeen joined together in betting how recordbreakingly huge the baby boy would ultimately be.The girl who proved to be Truly paid the price of her enormity; her father blamed her for her mother's death in childbirth, and was totally ill equipped to raise either this giant child or her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of femine perfection. When he, too, relinquished his increasingly tenuous grip on life, Truly and Serena Jane are separated--Serena Jane to live a life of privilege as the future May Queen and Truly to live on the outskirts of town on the farm of the town sadsack, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers.

Serena Jane's beauty proves to be her greatest blessing and her biggest curse, for it makes her the obsession of classmate Bob Bob Morgan, the youngest in a line of Robert Morgans who have been doctors in Aberdeen for generations. Though they have long been the pillars of the community, the earliest Robert Morgan married the town witch, Tabitha Dyerson, and the location of her fabled shadow book--containing mysterious secrets for healing and darker powers--has been the subject of town gossip ever since. Bob Bob Morgan, one of Truly's biggest tormentors, does the unthinkable to claim the prize of Serena Jane, and changes the destiny of all Aberdeen from there on.

When Serena Jane flees town and a loveless marriage to Bob Bob, it is Truly who must become the woman of a house that she did not choose and mother to her eight-year-old nephew Bobbie. Truly's brother-in-law is relentless and brutal; he criticizes her physique and the limitations of her health as a result, and degrades her more than any one human could bear. It is only when Truly finds her calling--the ability to heal illness with herbs and naturopathic techniques--hidden within the folds of Robert Morgan's family quilt, that she begins to regain control over her life and herself. Unearthed family secrets, however, will lead to the kind of betrayal that eventually break the Morgan family apart forever, but Truly's reckoning with her own demons allows for both an uprooting of Aberdeen County, and the possibility of love in unexpected places. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't critique, just enjoy.
I'll spare you yet another synopsis and cut to the chase. While I can't argue with some of the criticism, I recommend that you sit back and just enjoy a tale well told. Truly will touch you while at the same time you will be exasperated that she allows herself to be used. And, SPOILER ALERT!!, the happy ending does not feel false.Sit back and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
I picked this book up at a book sale and I know I did it because of the cover. It shows a dress maker's dummy in the size of a full figured woman surrounded by lovely crewel work embroidery. For someone like me that sews and embroiders, etc. I was hoping for a cozy novel with a sewing theme. I got much more than that!

Truly, our main character was truly a giant from birth onwards. Her story is one of cruelty not only from other children but also from adults including her father who blamed her for her mother's death during childbirth. Truly has a two-year older sister, Serena Jane, who of course, is of normal proportions and is a raving beauty besides. The world falls at her feet. Yet as this book proves beauty is only skin deep and those of us who plod on despite physical infirmities and less than perfect looks should also have a chance to make something of ourselves and be loved and cared for also.

Throughout this book is woven the tale of a quilt that is elaborately decorated with flowers made by a woman many generations earlier who had been known for her healing potions. Truly discovers the key to unlocking the knowledge the quilt holds and finds she then also holds the power of life and death and what an awesome responsibility that can be.

I don't like my book reviews to be mini reruns of the book, but just enough hints to make you want to read it for yourself. In this book especially giving the condensed version of the book wouldn't do it justice. Many times I pick up a book with the phrase `a novel' on the front cover and wonder will it be yet another boring long treatise about `whatever' where I have no sympathy or empathy for the characters. This book wasn't like that. I felt sorry for Truly who so wanted to be loved for just who she was, I wanted to slap the adults into treating her like a human. As I heard more and more about the quilt, I wanted to see it and hold it myself as I knew it surely was a thing of beauty. As Marcus loved Truly from afar I kept wishing I could give him courage to show his love to her. This is a wonderful story and was the author's first book. I sincerely hope that it won't be a one hitwonder.

2-0 out of 5 stars A waste of a summer read for me!
My friend recommended I read this book.She is an English teacher, so I respect her opinion.She said she and her mom loved it, so I was excited to read it.Well, I was extremely disappointed.Like so many other people, I found the use of metaphors and similes tiring and annoying.The character development was virutally non-existent.What really irritated me was how the author would switch from Truly in the first person to kind of a third-person with Truly as narrator.Truly would somehow know what was going on inside other people's heads and know what happened before she was born or while she was in another place.Overall, I found myself getting impatient with Baker's style of writing which distracted me from the story itself.I only finished the book because my friend gave it to me, otherwise I would have put it down!

4-0 out of 5 stars Charming and quirky tale
Have you ever finished a book, put it down, and then thought to yourself 'I'm really glad I read that book'? That's just how I felt at the end of this lovely story. It wasn't a book that I 'just couldn't put down', nor it was so gripping that I was turning the pages eagerly wanting to know what happens next, it was just a really entertaining 'feel good' story that made you feel happy to have known someone like Truly Plaice.

Her mother dies giving birth to her, her elder sister is beautiful, slim, popular - the exact opposite of the 'giant' - but Truly just seems to take everything in her stride and accepts her lot as just the way things are.

For once the heroine is not tall, slim and pretty and even Truly's own doctor says to her "But, my God, you're ugly."

As Truly grows older and larger, the small town inhabitants tease her, but she raises above it all and discovers family secrets that change not only her life but those around her.

The descriptive and detailed writing was a joy to read -

"There was a half-moon up and a few moth-eaten stars hanging in the sky, as if Aberdeen had gotten the leftovers from a long-dead vaudeville show."

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful novel with a less than dazzling ending
Truly has been enormous since before she even took her first breath.In the 50s, while her mother was pregnant with her, her mother got so huge that the town was betting on the weight of the bouncing baby boy that would surely be coming any day now, some ever bet there were twins.Once delivered Truly's mother died and she was left in a home with an older sister that was as petite and beautiful as any girl could possibly dream to be and a father that blamed her for killing her mother.Obviously her life did not start out on the best note, and it didn't get any better for her either.

Tiffany Baker takes decades of time and weaves them together into a beautifully written novel centered on the life of Truly.She is a woman of great size, larger than the men in the town, and she has always been bigger from the beginning of her time. Her sister is embarrassed of her, her father doesn't know what to do with her and the rest of the town either avoids her or treats her terribly.

I found myself thinking about these people even when I was forced to put it down and return to real life for a time.It was so well written and descriptive that I felt like I was living there with them.I can picture Amelia's farm and the cemetary and the Robert Morgan's house with the Doctor's office attached.This was a phenomenal debut novel for Baker and I can't wait to see what else she may come out with in the future. The ending could have used a little more Oomph for me, but the rest of the book made up for the less than stellar end. ... Read more

20. Breakfast at Tiffanys- Complete Summary & Analysis
by Raja Sharma
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-27)
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About Truman Capote

About Breakfast at Tiffany's

Summary in Brief


Major Themes

Summary All Parts

Analysis All Parts

Print ISBN:978-0-557-58051-4 ... Read more

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