Book Review:: How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy

8 Oct

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  While some of the culture examples Christy uses in the book might cause the book to become outdated before its time, the book still has classic examples of womanhood.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)

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No Responses to “Book Review:: How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy”

  1. Heidi October 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM #

    I love the title!!! I think women do not have to lose their independence by letting a guy open a door or pay for a dinner. Men enjoy doing these things for women, so why not let them

    Sometime I think the women’s lib movement hurt women as much as it helped them. It made women believe in order to compete with men, they had to become manly, and that is sad. But I digress… 🙂

  2. Christine July 7, 2013 at 12:59 AM #

    I LOVE THIS BOOK! I love it so much that I’ve actually added an online book club to my blog just to inspire more people to read this book… it’s amazing! If you’re interested in reading along and getting with the conversation, you can join us here: http://www.weartostandout.com/blog/how-to-be-a-hepburn-in-a-hilton-world and tell us what you think! xoxo, WearToStandOut

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