Relaxing with a Good Read

Since summer is fast approaching, I'm starting to think about backyard BBQ's, cool summer nights and lounging by the pool.  And with pool lounging comes the need for a good book.  I love to read, so I am in need of a few good books to get me through the summer.  Here are some that I may have to put on my reading list.The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. This is a fictionalized look into the marriage of Ernest Hemmingway and his wife Hadley. I’m certain their real-life romance was volatile enough....more
I had The Darlings out from the library but didn't have time to read it. :( I loved The Rules of ...more

Author Amor Towles on Writing Rules of Civility

The BlogHer Book Club reviewers loved Rules of Civility. We were thrilled to get author Amor Towles to answer a few exclusive questions about his characters, process and muse. BlogHer: You mention on your website you’ve had only one story published before this book, which has been a great success. Were you submitting other work all along, or did you just bide your time until you wrote Rules of Civility?...more
I am finishing the short stories in the book: A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor ...more

Rules of Civility and Those Women

I have been starting at the blinking cursor for a solid 20 minutes. I have been staring at it because I want to tell you just how much I enjoyed reading Amor Towles' debut novel Rules of Civility but I seem to lack the proper words. I feel fairly certain that lacking words is not something that the women in Rules of Civility did very often. And oh, I love Towles' women. ...more
@sassymonkey I have recommended it to so many people, I'm actually sounding bossy, "YOU MUST ...more

Get to Know Author Amor Towles

Amor Towles is the author of Rules of Civility. Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, obsolete accessories, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, snow-days, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, the cast of Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan (early, mid, and late phases), the wee hours, card games, cafés, and the cookies made by both of his grandmothers. His only other published work is a short story cycle called “The Temptations of Pleasure” published in 1989 in Paris Review 112....more

BlogHer Book Club: We Love E-Books & Rules of Civility By Amor Towles

Welcome to BlogHer Book Club's first e-book selection: Amor Towles' debut novel, Rules of Civility, which will be coming to BlogHer Book Club on August 17. As both readers and writers know, there's a lot to be said for setting up a scene well. Let us set the scene for you and get you in the mood to read Rules of Civility. We've got an excerpt, a cocktail recipe and a playlist -- so sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy the ride....more
I'm reading it too. Loving it!more