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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson

Publisher: Harper Perennial 
ISBN: 0061774162
Pages:288 pages
Genre: Non Fiction/Film  
Challenges-100+ Reading Challenge, Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
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Summary from publisher:

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn—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. 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 early sixties 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.

My Review: 

Audrey Hepburn is one of the great loves of my life. I love her style, her attitude and her films. Especially Breakfast at Tiffanies. But what I love even more than Audrey is reading books about the production of my favorite movies. I’m still waiting for the book about the making of Newsies---I will be waiting a long time.

I love reading about the making of movies especially movies that are adapted from books—like Breakfast at Tiffany’s was. It was so interesting to get a glimpse into the creative process that made the movie the huge pile of awesome that it was. And we got a detailed view of every bit of the process—literally nothing was left out. I never realized how playing bad girl Holly Golightly could have negatively impacted Audrey’s image. It never really crossed my mind. I just see her as a modern woman and an inspiring character but she really could have impacted Audrey’s career negatively.

I was completely enthralled while reading this book. Not only was it about my favorite actress and movie but it was so well done. I immediately felt as if I had to pull out my Breakfast at Tiffany’s DVD and watch again. The research was so spot on and the detail was so amazing.I especially enjoyed reading about how Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey painstakingly created Holly’s image. Watching this movie again will be a different kind of experience because I will appreciate every bit of it that much more.


*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review.   My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies   made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the  blog.


  1. I just watched Breakfast at Tiffany's last week and I loved it, what a beautiful movie! I think I would really enjoy this book as well.

  2. It may be awhile before I get to this one because I need to read Breakfast at Tiffany's first. I should probably see the movie too!

  3. Should I admit that I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's? I've MEANT to watch it so many times but it has never quite worked out ...

    Glad to hear that this was such an entertaining book! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  4. I actually watched "Breakfast At Tiffany's" for the first time last night after receiving a copy of this book -- very interesting and much different than I expected!



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