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
Sapphire
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

Rules of Civility is Absolutley Delightful

Enchanting.Lovely.Delightful.Engrossing.Intriguing.When I wish to describe Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, these are the words that come to mind.Admittedly, it took me a few chapters to get into the flow of this book. After the prelude and first chapter, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. At the fourth chapter, when something rather exciting happened, I was then intrigued.  Read more >

Truths and Transgressions: Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility is smart, like its main character. “He pronounced it Cón-tent, as in the content of a book,” she observes when someone pronounces her last name wrong. “‘It’s Kon-tént,’” she says, correcting him, “like the state of being,’” though one gets the impression from her discipline and demeanor that it ought to be the other way around.  Read more >

Get Lost in Rules of Civility

Set in New York City between the Depression and World War II, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles is a lovely novel that follows a steely and intellectual working class girl and daughter of Russian immigrants, Katey Kontent, through a life-altering year during her mid-twenties.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: A Lovely Nostalgic Novel

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, is a deeply nostalgic novel. Perhaps this is why I liked it so much. I read somewhere that those of us identifying as “children of the 80s” are a particularly nostalgic generation. We can’t help but try to relive our halcyon days. Just look at Hollywood’s endless supply of '80s remakes, from 90201 and Knight Rider, to Tron and The Karate Kid.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: Literature or Chick-Lit?

Amor Towles' Rules of Civility starts out at a Walker Evans exhibit. Katey Kontent comes across a photo of an old friend and from here the story unfolds. The man in the photo, Tinker Grey, is a man Katey and her sidekick Eve meet by chance on New Year’s Eve, 1938. The year that follows in her life owes everything to this chance meeting and makes for an interesting story.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: It All Goes Back to the Jazz Club

In Rules of Civility, Amor Towles paints depression-era NYC so vividly you will hear the clatter of the typing pool and taste the smoke and martinis of the jazz bars.  Upon this evocative foundation we meet three deep, complex characters – Katey, Eve and Tinker – who embark on a journey intertwined and winding.  Read more >

Rules of Civility was Cinematic but Uninspiring

With two of my favorite ladies (Billie and Ella) providing some appropriate background music, I pretended my strawberry lemonade was spiked with gin and stepped into 1938 Manhattan through Amor Towles' novel Rules of Civility. As a career woman who has put in long hard hours to prove myself in the world, I was interested in reading the story of Katey Kontent, who seeks to make her mark on society in an era with far fewer opportunities for women.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: Don't Skip a Single Line

Always read a book carefully. No matter how much you are certain you know where it's going and how it will all end up, don't skip a line. Especially my BlogHer Book Club book Rules of Civility by Amor Towles -- one that is so gorgeously written I couldn't put it down.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: I Enjoyed it Cover to Cover

Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility describes a defining year in the life of Katey Kontent. In Katey, Amor Towles has created a plucky and clever protagonist. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she's recently moved out on her own into a boarding house for young women. Her roommate and best friend, Evelyn "Eve" Ross, is from Indiana and left her wealthy upbringing to get by on her own in the big city.  Read more >

Rules Of Civility Needs A Lesson In Emotion

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, is an intriguing story full of exquisitely crafted phrases and captivating description. However, what it more than makes up for in language, it lacks in emotion. Populated with more than its fair share of fascinating characters, this book never delves far enough beyond the facade of propriety; rather, the reader is stuck with only a surface view of events. We may be privy to the narration of the main character (a delightfully smart and self assured young woman making her way in 1938 New York), but we are spared the messiness of her true emotions, and as a result the books fails to grip you as well as it should.  Read more >