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 Made Me Want to be Young Again

I loved Amor Towles' Rules of Civility! It made me want to be young and naïve and on my own again in the great big world.  Read more >

Very Content with Kate Kontent in Rules of Civility

New Year's Eve, the last night of 1937… “We started the evening with a plan of stretching three dollars as far as it could go. We weren’t going to bother ourselves with boys”. Amor Towles brings us in to Rules of Civility at the end. 1966. A photography exhibit sets the scene and introduces us to Kate Kontent who takes us back to that New Year's Eve in 1937 when she was a sassy gal from Brooklyn sharing boarding house rooms and working in Manhattan.  Read more >

Katey Has Breakfast Near Tiffany's and Some Sex in the City

In Amor Towles' Rules of Civility one of the main characters used the young Washington's schoolboy exercise as a playbook, and the story traces how that may have affected his behavior, his life, and those around him.  Read more >

Rules of Civility: A Beautiful Look at 1938

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles is a beautiful look into the world of Manhattan in the late 1930’s. Landing in the time between the Great Depression and the Second World War, the novel revolves around a year in the life of its heroine, Katey Kontent; a twenty-five year old intelligent and hard working daughter to immigrants who spends the year of 1938 laying the framework for the woman she is to become.  Read more >

The Rules of Civility Are Not Always What They Seem

The main stage opens for Rules of Civility at a low-rent bar in Manhattan on New Year’s Eve in 1937. There, author Amor Towles, introduces the reader to Katey Kontent and her good friend Evelyn Ross who are celebrating the coming year in a seedy low-end venue where their dollars can stretch the farthest. It’s the last place they would expect to meet a wealthy banker by the name of Theodore (Tinker) Grey.  Read more >

The 'Rules of Civility' are a Guide to Social Climbing

Thirty years after her last encounter with her friends in 1938, Katey Kontent sees two candid photographs of a former lover that cause her to look back on the choices she made that year. Amor Towles' Rules of Civility is not a love story: it is a retelling of one woman's memories and introspection about the options we have and the decisions we make.  Read more >

Rules of Civility is Classic and Smooth

For me, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles recalls F. Scott Fitgerald. It also reminded me of the passion I felt when reading Henry James, so I loved it.  Read more >

Rules of Civility Had Really Fantastic Parts

Rules of Civility is the debut novel by Amor Towles. It is billed as "a sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose." The novel centers around Katey Kontent and her relationships with four people in 1938 that shape the rest of her life.  Read more >

Rules of Civility has Unexpected Surprises Around Every Turn

Have you ever started reading a book and thought you knew exactly how it would end? Well that is just how I felt after reading the first couple chapters of Amor Towles' Rules of Civility. However, once I finished chapter four, all my preconceived notions flew right out the window with a few twists and turns still on the horizon.  Read more >

Our Choices Make Us Who We Are: A Lesson From Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles, is not a book I would have picked up to read on my own. It looked to me like one of those books my teachers would have made me read in high school that I would have grudgingly crawled my way through. While the Preface and first couple of chapters seemed to back up my initial assessment, I was pleasantly surprised to be engrossed by the story of Kate, Eve and Tinker by Chapter 4 when the book zigged in a direction that I had not expected.  Read more >