Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman


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Harper Perennial
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5.35 X 0.67 X 8.0 inches | 0.47 pounds

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About the Author

SAM WASSON is the author of five books including the best-selling Fosse and Fifth Avenue, 5 AM: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman. He lives in Los Angeles.


"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)
"A fascination with fascination is one way of describing Wasson's interest in a film that not only captures the sedate elegance of a New York long gone, but that continues to entrance as a love story, a style manifesto, and a way to live."--New York magazine
"Wasson's story is part encyclopedia, part valentine, and worth reading just to find out what exactly went into making the amazing party scene."--The Huffington Post
"Rich in incident and set among the glitterati of America's most glamorous era, the book reads like a novel...[Wasson] has assembled a sparkling time capsule of old Hollywood magic and mythmaking."--Kirkus Reviews
"Sam Wasson unfolds the dramatic story of the film's creation. He also offers a fascinating slice of social history."--Arrive Magazine
"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
"The anecdotes are numerous and deftly told. This well-researched, entertaining page-turner should appeal to a broad audience, particularly those who enjoy film history that focuses on the human factors involved in the creative process while also drawing on larger social and cultural contexts."--Library Journal
"So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn."--People
"Reading a book about a movie is seldom as entertaining as watching the film, but Wasson's is the rare exception."--Christian Science Monitor
"A bonbon of a well tailored as the little black dress the movie made famous."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Wasson offers enough drama to occupy anyone for days...The whole thing reads like a cool sip of water."--Daily News
"Anyone even slightly interested in Capote/Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany's will delight in [Wasson's] account."--USA Today
"This splendid new book is more than a mere 'making-of' chronicle. Wasson has pulled it off with verve, intelligence, and a consistent ring of truth...compulsively readable. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. is both enjoyable and informative: everything a film book ought to be."--Leonard Maltin, author of Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen
"Crammed with irresistible tidbits...[Wasson's] book winds up as well-tailored as the kind of little black dress that Breakfast at Tiffany's made famous."--New York Times
"Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian...[Fifth Avenue, 5 AM] is as melancholy and glittering as Capote's story of Holly Golightly."--The New Yorker
"[We] couldn't put down Sam Wasson's new book, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M..... Along with juicy film gossip, the book offers behind-the-scenes insight on how Hepburn and designer Hubert de Givenchy created Holly Golightly's iconic style."--AOL Stylelist
"Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. offers lots of savory tidbits [from the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's]. Mr. Wasson brings a lively and impudent approach to his subject."--Wall Street Journal
"A brilliant chronicle of the creation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Wasson has woven the whole so deftly that it reads like a compulsively page-turning novel. This is a memorable achievement."--Peter Bogdanovich
"A breezy tale of dresses and breakfast pastries, this is not.... The subtexts of Breakfast at Tiffany's--materialism, sexual freedom--were decidedly more complicated."--Women's Wear Daily