Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Clara and Mr. Tiffany written by Susan Vreeland and narrated by the very talented Ms. Kimberly Farr is a wonderful audio book! The story revolves around Clara Driscoll, a very talented woman who returns to work after her husband dies. She finds herself once again working in a very dominated male workplace with little recognition for her talent and work.
She loves the work and that is what drives her. She designs glass work items for the Tiffany Glass Company and mentors the women who work alongside her. She strives for perfection and at the same time allows the artistic talents of the other women to blossom. Although many of her designs are on display at the Chicago World's Fair, Clara does not receive any recognition for her work.

You learn about the men who are important in her life and how they impact the work that Clara does and her fight for women's rights.

This story is based on the real Clara Driscoll and the letters she wrote to people during her employment and later after she left the Tiffany Company. (She had to leave when she married for there was a single or widowed woman only hiring practice in place). There are other books recently published about Clara Driscoll, but I would highly recommend you start with this one. I am sure you will enjoy it!

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