What We’re Reading: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

The Gist: Although officially led to the gallows in April, HarperStudio — “the imprint of the future” — still has a few babies waiting to be delivered. One of these is Sam Wasson’s look at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, an anecdote by anecdote look at the impact the film had on the women of the ’60s. 

Author: Sam Wasson
Publisher: HarperStudio
Page Count: 204
Pages Read: 185

Does It Work? Wasson’s theory is that, by having a good girl (Audrey) play the bad girl (Holly), Breakfast at Tiffany’s showed America’s young ladies that one can be sexy without being evil. The movie’s trouble is that Audrey is goofy, not sexy, and Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. suffers from the same limpness. The film is safe, and so is this book.

Best Moment So Far: On Billy Wilder, surprised: “Wilder thought for a moment and then did what for the future director of Some Like It Hot what was the only natural thing to do: he leapt into the closet.”

Odds We’ll Finish It: 20/1. We stampeded through 90% of the book in a few morning hours, with speed leant by large font and shallow observations. But on setting it down, we lost interest in seeing what happens in that last tenth.

Read Instead: As far as role models go, we prefer the other Hepburn

What We’re Reading: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.