How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World (Center Street) by Jordan Christy is a charming book with sage advice for young women who aspire to have class, style and grace in bear-all world. While some of the culture examples Christy uses in the book might cause the book to become outdated before its time, the book still has classic examples of womanhood.
Christy starts by defining class, style, and grace—qualities she attributes to the late, great Audrey Hepburn. Class has nothing to do with status or income, but rather a woman’s attitude and outlook on life while style, though individualistic, is how a woman presents herself to the world. Grace, then, is defined by how a woman behaves when no one else is watching. Unfortunately, Christy says, young woman are suffering from lack of self-respect, ill manners, and plain ol’ stupid behavior.
By adhering to what some call old-fashioned values such as using proper grammar, waiting for a guy make the first move, saying “please” and “thank you,” and dressing stylishly, but modestly, Christy says that woman will not only illicit more respect from men, but also for themselves. She makes her argument well and offers suggestions on how to make non-alcoholic drinks as well as dating, fashion, and even friend advice. How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World uses clever wit and practical advice to make a very important point—women can live with grace, class, and style.
While some of the advice seems obvious to women who ooze grace, class, and style, clueless girls can use this book as a jumping off point to make than transition from tramp to lady with a few life changes.
Amy’s Rating:: 3.5 (out of 5)