Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Cornelia Otis Skinner, Emily Kimbrough

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Narrated By: Celeste Lawson

Duration: 7 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect

"To know Emily is to enhance one's days with gaiety, charm and occasional terror."—Cornelia Otis Skinner of her coauthor, Emily Kimbrough

Actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and journalist Emily Kimbrough offer a lighthearted, hilarious memoir of their European tour in the 1920s, when they were fresh out of college from Bryn Mawr. Some of the more amusing anecdotes involve a pair of rabbit-skin capes that begin shedding at the most inopportune moments and an episode in which the girls are stranded atop Notre Dame cathedral at midnight. And, of course, there's romance, in the form of handsome young doctor Tom Newhall and college "Lothario" Avery Moore. Published in 1942, the book spent five weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list in the winter of 1943 and was made into a motion picture in 1944.


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“Full of bright humor and the searching sadness of girlhood.”


“Celeste Lawson does a fine reading of this classic memoir…the young women experience one madcap adventure after another. Without excessive ingenuousness, Lawson keeps her reading on an even keel, allowing clever dialogue, comical situations, and witty repartee to carry the story forward. Nostalgia for a time when the most expensive item on a chic restaurant’s menu was $2.95 will keep listeners engaged.”


“A superior bit of giddiness…There’s hilarity in their descriptions of the things they did, the way they behaved and the strange things that happened to them.”