Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman (P.S.)

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5 Critic Reviews

Hepburn, with ineffable charm, chic independence and unapologetic frivolity, was the only one who could pull off the perfect kind of preservation.
-Forbes

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF 2010

 

“So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn” – People

 

“A bonbon of a book… As well tailored as the little black dress the movie made famous.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

“Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian.” – The New Yorker

“Reads like carefully crafted fiction…[Wasson] carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn’s impact on fashion (Givenchy’s little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the new morality. Capote would have been entranced.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sam Wasson’s exquisite portrait of Audrey Hepburn peels backs her sweet facade to reveal a much more complicated and interesting woman. He also captures a fascinating turning point in American history— when women started to loosen their pearls, and their inhibitions. I devoured this book.” — Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson is the first ever complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. With a cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, director Blake Edwards, 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 nation, changing fashion, film, and sex, for good. With delicious prose and considerable wit, 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.

 

About Sam Wasson

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SAM WASSON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M .: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman and two works of film criticism. He is a visiting professor of film at Wesleyan University.
 
Published June 17, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 267 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good

As infectious as Mancini’s score, and sure to please lovers of classic American cinema.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 19 2010

Recapturing an era, this evocative “factual re-creation” reads like carefully crafted fiction.

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Examiner

Good
on Oct 01 2010

If you are interested in fashion, film and cultural history, or just love the movie, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. will absolutely thrill you.

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Suite 101

Good
on Sep 02 2010

All in all, Sam Wasson has created a good read for both book lovers and film aficinados with warmth, compassion, and style.

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Forbes

Excellent
on Jul 21 2010

Hepburn, with ineffable charm, chic independence and unapologetic frivolity, was the only one who could pull off the perfect kind of preservation.

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