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Rules of Civility


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ISBN13: 9780670022694
ISBN10: 0670022691
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Allison Rice, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Allison Rice)
"Right choices, by definition, are the means by which life crystallizes loss."

It is rare indeed that a book can so elegantly summarize itself, but there is great elegance to this book all the way through, so this inclusion is no great surprise.

Amor Towles creates a landscape in the mind -- to the point where I (and others in my book club) were having dreams about being in New York in 1937 alongside Katey. Unlike many other books, he doesn't draw this landscape through pages of detailed description; instead, it's so delicately interwoven into the story that the setting seems to arise out of the air of its own accord. In the same way, the characters aren't specified in detail but instead you are given such a strong impression of their person that they feel absolutely known. I felt this book deeply on every page, and I look forward to my next reading, get lost on the streets of Manhattan through the seasons.
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FairfaxReader, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by FairfaxReader)
An engaging story about a type of life which existed only briefly, New York City between WWI and WWII. The characters defy our expectations and remind us that people are not always what we assume them to be.
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slwcalcifer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by slwcalcifer)
Great characters, engaging story, and some genuinely unexpected turns.
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Barbara R, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Barbara R)
Absolutely loved it!
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gerryroz, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by gerryroz)
An astonishing first novel that holds the readers interest start to finish.
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Towles, Amor
Viking Books
O'Nan, Stewart
Silver, Marisa
Literature-A to Z
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b/w photos throughout
9 x 6 in 1 lb
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his smashing debut, Towles details the intriguing life of Katherine Kontent and how her world is upended by the fateful events of 1938. Kate and her roommate, Evelyn Ross, have moved to Manhattan for its culture and the chance to class up their lives with glamour — be it with jazz musicians, trust fund lotharios, or any man with a hint of charm who will pay for dinner and drinks. Both Kate and Evelyn are enamored of sophisticated Tinker Grey, who they meet in a jazz club; he appears to be another handsome, moneyed gent, but as the women vie for his affection, a tragic event may seal a burgeoning romance's fate. New York's wealthy class is thick with snobbery, unexpected largesse, pettiness, jealousies, and an unmistakable sense of who belongs and who does not, but it's the undercurrent of unease — as with Towles's depiction of how the upper class can use its money and influence to manipulate others' lives in profoundly unsavory ways — that gives his vision depth and complexity. His first effort is remarkable for its strong narrative, original characters and a voice influenced by Fitzgerald and Capote, but clearly true to itself. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "The new novel we couldn't put the crisp, noirish prose of the era, Towles portrays complex relationships in a city that is at once melting pot and elitist enclave — and a thoroughly modern heroine who fearlessly claims her place in it."
"Review" by , "This very good first novel about striving and surviving in Depression- era Manhattan deserves attention...The great strength of Rules of Civility is in the sharp, sure-handed...evocation of Manhattan in the late '30s."
"Review" by , "Even the most jaded New Yorker can see the beauty in Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, the antiqued portrait of an unlikely jet set making the most of Manhattan."
"Review" by , "The best novels are the ones that completely transport you to another time and place. This beautifully written debut does just that. With wit, wisdom, and rich language, Towles introduces a cast of unforgettable 1938 New Yorkers, who change the book's heroine in surprising and absorbing ways."
"Review" by , "The characters are beautifully drawn, the dialogue is sharp and Towles avoids the period nostalgia and sentimentality to which a lesser writer might succumb. An elegant, pithy performance by a first-time novelist who couldn't seem more familiar with his characters or territory."
"Synopsis" by , A sophisticated and entertaining debut novel about an irresistible young woman with an uncommon sense of purpose.
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A “rich, sometimes heartbreaking” (Dennis Lehane) novel of F. Scott Fitzgeralds last years in Hollywood

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a troubled, uncertain man whose literary success was long over. In poor health, with his wife consigned to a mental asylum and his finances in ruins, he struggled to make a new start as a screenwriter in Hollywood. By December 1940, he would be dead of a heart  attack.

Those last three years of Fitzgeralds life, often obscured by the legend of his earlier Jazz Age glamour, are the focus of Stewart ONans gorgeously and gracefully written novel. With flashbacks to key moments from Fitzgeralds past, the story follows him as he arrives on the MGM lot, falls in love with brassy gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, begins work on The Last Tycoon, and tries to maintain a semblance of family life with the absent Zelda and daughter, Scottie.

Fitzgeralds orbit of literary fame and the Golden Age of Hollywood is brought vividly to life through the novels romantic cast of characters, from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway to Humphrey Bogart. A sympathetic and deeply personal portrait of a flawed man who never gave up in the end, even as his every wish and hope seemed thwarted, West of Sunset confirms ONan as “possibly our best working novelist” (Salon).

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In her first novel since The God of War, the critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Langes “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their chance encounter.

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to Americas farms in search of work. Little personal information is exchanged, and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced what will become the most iconic image of the Great Depression.

Three vibrant characters anchor the narrative of Mary Coin. Mary, the migrant mother herself, who emerges as a woman with deep reserves of courage and nerve, with private passions and carefully-guarded secrets. Vera Dare, the photographer wrestling with creative ambition who makes the choice to leave her children in order to pursue her work. And Walker Dodge, a present-day professor of cultural history, who discovers a family mystery embedded in the picture. In luminous, exquisitely rendered prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief moment in history, and reminds us that although a great photograph can capture the essence of a moment, it only scratches the surface of a life.

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