Book Club - Rules of Civility

Deborah Harkness
Alex George
Ann Napolitano
William Deresiewicz
Jessica Spotswood
Geraldine Brooks
Brené Brown
Stephanie McAfee
Sophie Morgan
Tana French
Terry McMillan
Jen Lancaster
Geneen Roth
Julie Klam
Amy Kalafa
Ally Condie
Julia Cameron
Kate Marshall & David Marshall
Sylvia Day
Edited by Stacy Morrison, Julie Ross Godar & Rita Arens
Amor Towles
Jeremy Page
Dominique Browning
Karen White
Stephen Dau
Laura Moriarty
Laura Dave
Kim Edwards
Jeffrey Zaslow
Claire Bidwell Smith
Seré Prince Halverson
Eleanor Brown
Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
Lisa Gardner
Linwood Barclay
Liane Moriarty
Gayle Forman
William D. Lassek, M.D. & Steven J.C. Gaulin, Ph.D.
Vanessa Williams & Helen Williams

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Rules of Civility

Remembering My New York With the Rules of Civility

On a memorable December night in New York during my college years, a friend and I picked up a fifth of vodka and headed downtown to a small, funky basement jazz club named Smalls. We were celebrating the end of finals and the onset of the holiday season. And what better way to do that than to drink screwdrivers and listen to talented musicians jam at a BYOB club?  Read more >

Grab a Gin Martini and Curl Up With Rules of Civility

Everyone who writes a book has been a first-time author, and I will admit that I always approach a new novelist with some trepidation. Such was the case with Amor Towles' debut novel, Rules of Civility. Let me assure you, no trepidation was necessary.  Read more >

Rules of Civility Immerses You in 1930s New York City

From the moment Katey Kontent appeared on the pages of Rules of Civility's 1930s New York, I couldn’t put the book down. Amor Towles' debut novel grabbed my attention with its clever writing and characters that were outside of my experience in every way.  Read more >

Conjugating Hope: Relationships and the Rules of Civility

"Doesn't New York just turn you inside out?" This is the question posed at the opening and considered at the closing of Amor Towles' earnest novel, Rules of Civility. The novel, a first for Towles, is an aching but cheeky romp into the social scene of New York City circa 1938, a city on the cusp of recovery, war and a redefinition of societal worth.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: A Tantalizing Ride

Packed with the glamour of The Great Gatsby and mystery of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the Rules of Civility delivers a refreshing coming-of-age story of Katey Kontent.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: Some Stories Transcend Time

Break out the cocktail shaker and call up your gal pals. Rules of Civility is an experience to be shared an discussed with friends.  Read more >

Young Manhattan Life in Rules of Civility

Walking the streets of Manhattan, the old, elegant architecture and the occasional cobblestone streets often invoke a feeling of curiosity as you dodge slow-moving tourists and speeding cabs.  Who has taken these very same steps before me?  Who has walked in my shoes, seeking to remain anonymous during the daily grind, but one who can turn heads on an evening out on the town?  Who else has wanted to leave their mark on this city?  In Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, these daydreams are answered and confirmed, transporting readers back some 80 odd years, exploring Manhattan alongside Katey Kontent in the years between the debilitating stock market crash and uprising of World War II.  Read more >

Rules of Civility is Rich in Detail and Character [Slight SPOILERS]

If books allow you to be a fly on the wall during the telling of the story, then the new novel Rules of Civility by Amor Towles allowed me to be taken back in time to 1930's New York to experience life from the viewpoint of single women living in that time.   Read more >

Rich, Rewarding and Rare: Rules of Civility

I feel as if I've just returned from another place and another time! The book Rules of Civility by Amor Towles swept me almost instantly into January of the year 1938 and onto the New York island of Manhattan which was no small feat because as I was reading I was actually melting by a pool in late July in a rather rural setting near my home which is decidedly no where near New York.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: A Snapshot of a Glittery City

Rules of Civility is a quaint little novel; not tremendously long at about 350 pages, but it packs in a whole lot of plot. Set in the late 1930s in New York City, it follows the ups and downs of Katey Kontent as she navigates Manhattan society. 1938 is a pivotal year for Katey as she and a friend, Eve, have a chance encounter on New Year's Eve that changes both of their lives forever.  Read more >