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Rules of Civility
Rules of Civility: A Novel | Amor Towles
The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Coming this fall, A Gentleman in Moscow the highly anticipated new novel from Amor Towles This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York societywhere she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New Yorks social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Eggs
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My least favorite Towles; however his writing, storytelling, and characterizations had his trademark richness and depth. Seemed long, but was worth it. Towles‘ theme of civility rules was a nice touch 🩵

#Pantone2024
#ReadAway2024
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DieAReader 🥳Awesome! 2w
BarbaraBB What @DieAReader says 🩵 2w
rwmg Although I loved the other two of his I've read, I found this one a chore to get through 2w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
Eggs @DieAReader Thanks 🙏🏻 💙 2w
Eggs @BarbaraBB Thanks 🙏🏻 🩵 2w
Eggs @rwmg I was less patient with this one…have you read Table for 2? The Lincoln Highway? 2w
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 🙏🏻💙 2w
rwmg I've also read “A Gentleman in Moscow“ and “The Lincoln Highway“. I haven't read “Table for 2“. Is that his latest? 2w
Eggs @rwmg Gentleman and Table (newest) are my favorites so far. I listened to Lincoln H but I think I need to read it-I was distracted. Did you love Lincoln? 2w
rwmg I did. It was a book club choice and I was the only one who did. Others thought it was too long or disliked one or other of the main characters. 2w
Eggs @rwmg Good to hear. I will have to read Lincoln the book. I do love his writing. 2w
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everlocalwest
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Mehso-so

I mean, it was fine, just not for me. I read the first 50ish pages in the physical book and when I found that I did not want to keep going I switched to audio in order to be ready for book club. Again, fine, but everyone loves it so much and I had such high hopes.

rwmg The second of his that I read, and it put me off reading any more until somebody chose “The Lincoln Highway“ for my book club, which was excellent. 1mo
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Donna1980
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Towles debut novel is a sure fire hit in my eyes. His writing style is so atmospheric, catapulting you to 1930s New York so effectively, that I felt like I‘d lived that time period myself. Even his most distasteful characters are hard to dislike as they are so richly crafted. It was one of those rare books that you can‘t put down but equally try to slow down reading to make it last as long as possible. Cemented me as a Towles fan for sure.

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Amie
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This is the 3rd time I've read this, and it's still good but I found myself being pickier about it this time. I especially kept noticing how clothing was an important detail in many scenes but the descriptions were inadequate, seemingly anachronistic, or actually anachronistic (like pantyhose). I probably don't need to read it again.

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IndoorDame
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#12Booksof2023 I wasn‘t sure how to choose between this and Sing Unburied Sing for December, but this book has stayed in my head, continuing to replay scenes and make it‘s characters a part of my inner life more and more each day since I‘ve finished it, which for me is one of the marks of a great book. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Both great books.
Thanks for playing long, a great way to review 2023. See you for #12Booksof2024 on Christmas Day.
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IndoorDame @Andrew65 thanks for hosting! Such a fun way to look back at the year! 6mo
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IndoorDame
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This was a lovely note to end the reading year on. Fun, flirty, unexpected period details really put me inside those jazz clubs in an era of New York history I don‘t know much about. And while at times these characters seemed vapid and frivolous, Towles has a way of cutting to the core of people so you see the same color and humanity in the unlikable characters as in the charming ones. #20in4 @Andrew65

TheBookHippie I enjoyed this book ! 7mo
Andrew65 Brilliant. 👏👏👏 I enjoyed this one, but A Gentleman in Moscow is my favourite by this author. 7mo
IndoorDame @Andrew65 A Gentleman In Moscow is one of my all time favorites! But I enjoyed this one enough that I want to read the rest of his writing. 7mo
Andrew65 @IndoorDame Definitely, I agree one of my all-time favourites too. 7mo
AmyG Great last read of the year. I loved this one. 7mo
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wideeyedreader
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Bailedbailed

Sadly this one wasn‘t for me. All the parts I didn‘t like about The Great Gatsby, but more boring. #doublespin this month, but at least I tried it!

TheAromaofBooks Oh dear! At least it's off the list!! 1y
Tamra I bailed too. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 1y
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Kristy_K
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Rules of Civility immerses you in the past and I felt as if I was with Kate in the late 1930‘s New York. An enjoyable read.

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#botm #historicalfiction

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Uncompromising #purpose and the search for eternal truth have an unquestionable sex appeal for the young and high-minded; but when a person loses the ability to take pleasure in the mundane--in the cigarette on the stoop or the gingersnap in the bath--she had probably put herself in unnecessary danger.”

#InQuotes

ChaoticMissAdventures One of my favorite books!! He is an amazing writer. 1y
lynneamch Yes! Love all his novels. 1y
Eggs Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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SanjanaGhosh
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"It's a lovely oddity of human nature that a person is more inclined to interrupt two people in conversation than one person alone with a book; even if it is a foolish romance."

I loved loved loved this book ❤️

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jlhammar
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📕 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
🖊️ Robinson, Marilynne
📺 Reservation Dogs
🎙️ Renée Fleming
🎶 Red Bull & Hennessy - Jenny Lewis

#ManicMonday #LetterR
@CBee

Leniverse Do you mean Reservoir Dogs? 😁 2y
jlhammar @Leniverse No, though the show‘s name is inspired by that movie. Reservation Dogs is a comedy series (2 seasons-FX/Hulu). 2y
Leniverse Ooh, I don't have that channel. I'm intrigued now. 2y
batsy Reservation Dogs is so good ❤️ Though I've only managed to see Season 1 so far. 2y
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Crystal83
Panpan

I didn't enjoy this book at all. It was boring to me. I didn't like the writing style of the book and I couldn't identify with the characters at all. I rated this book a 2 out of 5 stars.

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akfreeborn
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Another book long waiting tbr— fantastic study of a year in the 30s in New York and a look at what people do to endure, to “improve” themselves. Great mostly likeable characters from all classes and circumstance. Everyone of them was more complicated than they seemed and while the theme of class was very important, not all assumptions of how people behave are. I loved the references to art and culture of this era. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Coleen
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Actually rating this somewhere between a pick and a so-so. This author has had so much hype, so I think I was expecting more. I liked the atmosphere, but I felt it was missing something. It never really grabbed me like it had hoped. This was Towles‘ first novel, so maybe A Gentleman in Moscow is better?

SamAnne Gentleman in far better. I‘m currently reading The Lincoln Highway and really enjoying it. 2y
Coleen @SamAnne Glad to hear that. I‘ve got both on the TBR shelf. 2y
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brushlo
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Mehso-so

started out strong but the story never got going or fully captured me. i know it was supposed to be a story about new york and the social classes…which was interesting but never connected deeply enough with any of the characters after the opening 3rd. not nearly as good as the follow up of lincoln highway.

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Bookboss
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Reading this novel reminded me of watching black and white films from the 1930s with their snappy dialogue and glamorous set pieces. I enjoyed the language and the plot, but I found the character of Katey to be rather flat. I never felt that I really knew her, but perhaps that was intentional. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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terryduncan5719
Pickpick

Amor Towles wrote “A Gentleman in Moscow.“ After I read that one, I had to read another by.him. I wasn't disappointed at all! While I do believe the “Gentleman“ is better, this one was still a page turner.

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CoveredInRust
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Even though there were some parts that I didn't understand (why was Katey so easily accepted by upper classes) I really enjoyed the tone of this book. It's character based rather than plot focused and relies on the writing and setting to pull you in but it worked for me.

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Maria514626
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This was a quiet, nuanced book about people I didn‘t like very much. The ins and outs of social life—what a strange world—and the beautiful writing kept me reading.

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Maria514626
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1. Rules of Civility, Excellent Women, The Golden Thread
2. A Walk in the Woods. (It‘s the only naturey book I could think of that I‘ve actually read.)
3. The Rules of Civility. Yesterday after dinner. 😍

Thanks for the prompts, Rachel!

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CoveredInRust
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Madam Bastet continues to be my companion while I read this.

I'm still enjoying it, and it feels like a fast read, but I feel like I've been reading it for a decade and I'm on page 120 out of 324.

RaeLovesToRead Awwwww, so so so cute!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 2y
Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 2y
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Maria514626
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This type of novel isn‘t usually for me—poor women in the 1930s who meet a wealthy man and get sucked into his orbit. However, this one has me hooked.

Amor Towles could probably write a book about worms and I‘d love it. 😁

Aims42 Hahaha, I agree! He‘s an insta-buy author for me, and I wouldn‘t think twice about buying his book about worms 😂 2y
StaceGhost I would totally read his subtle look at the rich internal lives of worms 2y
Maria514626 @StaceGhost 😆😆😆 2y
Maria514626 @Aims42 🪱 😄 2y
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CoveredInRust
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Enjoying this one more than Gentleman In Moscow. Towles does the thing where he writes so well, you believe you're one of the characters.

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CoveredInRust
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I'm way behind on this one, but finally getting to it.

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MrsReads1
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My May tbr for #bookspin. I can't wait!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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rwmg
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Panpan

Kate reminisces after a visit in the 1960s to an exhibition of photographs of 1930s travellers on the NY Subway, one of whom she recognises.

I wanted to like this book but I actually found it a struggle to get through. Most of the characters and events made no impression at all so that I had problems understanding references to earlier events and had no idea what was going on at times when I'd picked the book up again after doing other things.

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rwmg
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On the night of October 4th 1966, Val and I, both in late middle age, attended the opening of Many Are Called at the Museum of Modern Art - the first exhibit of the portraits taken by Walker Evans in the late 1930s on the New York City subways with a hidden camera.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

Christyco125 Such a great debut novel. 2y
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jen_the_scribe
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Mehso-so

I love Amor Towles‘ way with words, his eloquence, the depth of his stories. But this one took a little too long to get to the point. The plot was lacking in a bit more drama or action, so I found myself getting distracted and not being able to focus on the story during certain slow points. It finally sped up a bit toward the end. Despite that, I mostly enjoyed it and found the characters likable which is why I wanted to know where they ended up.

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jen_the_scribe
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My next listen…

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Blueberry
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Pickpick

Rounded up from 3.5 to 4 because the author does so good with characterization. ❤️ I feel I need a pause before starting my next book.

Leniverse How strange, that exact same cover photo is on my edition of The Great Gatsby. 2y
perfectsinner This was my least favorite from him. Loved AGIM and just recently finished The Lincoln Highway 2y
Blueberry @perfectsinner I didn't like it as much as AGIM either. I have TLP scheduled for f2f bookclub in May. 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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Very enjoyable! My #doublespin for March @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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RenePenn
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Mehso-so

While this didn‘t start out being a favorite, and I put it down a couple of times and came back, after I switched to audio about a third of the way in, it became more interesting. 3 ⭐️

Aims42 I love his other books so much, but this one never clicked with me. Not sure why 😕 2y
RenePenn @Aims42 I totally agree! 2y
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Sapphire

Life doesn‘t have to provide you any options at all. It can easily define your course from the outset and keep you in check through all manner of rough and subtle mechanics. To have even one year when you‘re presented with choices that can alter your circumstances, your character, your course—that‘s by the grace of God alone. And it shouldn‘t come without a price.

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Sapphire

it was still a view that practically conjugated hope: I have hoped; I am hoping; I will hope.

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Sapphire

I wonder if this line was the first thought/plot of the story in the Authors mind: “The year 1938 had been one in which four people of great color and character had held welcome sway over my life. And here it was December 31, 1940, and I hadn‘t seen a single one of them in over a year.” It certainly sums up the story for me.

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Sapphire
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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Sometimes, it sure seems that‘s what life intends. After all, it‘s basically like a centrifuge that spins every few years casting proximate bodies in disparate directions. And when the spinning stops, almost before we can catch our breath, life crowds us with a calendar of new concerns.

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Sapphire

A lost art? : he “made a reasonable stab at launching a conversation by asking people what was the best thing they did in 1940. It made me a little nostalgic for Dicky. No one could get a table talking nonsense like Dicky Vanderwhile.”

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RenePenn
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I am struggling with this one so I switched to audio to try and finish it up. I loved A Gentleman in Moscow and The Lincoln Highway was good too (just not AS good). This one can‘t hold my attention. It has its moments but then I‘m back to mind wandering. 😶‍🌫️

Aims42 I almost bailed on this one too! I‘m so thankful I read “A Gentleman in Moscow” before this one. I loooooooooved Gentleman and had I read this first, I don‘t know if I would‘ve given it a shot. This book was a total “meh” for me too. But I love Gentleman and Lincoln Highway, so every book can‘t be a winner I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
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Sapphire
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I love his other two books, and lots of folks I know love this one. So, here I am giving try #3 to see if I can finish it off. I just find this one hard to keep track of the characters and I don‘t feel a sense of the time setting era.

EvieBee I just read this last month. I had previously attempted it but never got past the first page. For some reason the first chapter really hit home last month and I finished it pretty quickly. I do get what you mean about all the characters though! 2y
Sapphire I had previously bailed at about 10% and 50%. I think I can make it now! 2y
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Sapphire
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One must be prepared to fight for one‘s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements.

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BekaReid
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"It's funny about photography, isn't it? The entire medium is founded on the instant. If you allow the shutter to be open for even a few seconds, the image goes black. We think of our lives as a sequence of actions, an accumulation of accomplishments, a fluid articulation of style and opinion. And yet, in that one sixteenth of a second, a photograph can wreak such havoc."

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EvieBee
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“It‘s funny about photography, isn‘t it? The entire medium is founded on the instant. If you allow the shutter to be open for even a few seconds, the image goes black. We think of our lives as a sequence of actions, an accumulation of accomplishments, a fluid articulation of style and opinion. And yet, in that one sixteenth of a second, a photograph can wreak such havoc.”

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catebutler I have had this book sitting on my shelf for ages! I need to get to it, ASAP!! 3y
Cathythoughts @catebutler I‘m the same ...on my shelf for ages. 🙈 3y
jlhammar One of my favorites! 3y
EvieBee @catebutler @Cathythoughts It was the same for me, but I decided to just try one chapter and I couldn‘t stop! The language is so rich and the world he created so vivid. 3y
EvieBee @jlhammar Ugh, it‘s so good! I had no idea. I can definitely see myself rereading this next year. 3y
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melissajayne
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Got some #bookishmail today.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have both of those on my shelf that I need to read! 3y
EvieBee I just finished Rules of Civilty. So good! And I loved this paperback edition. It felt so well balanced in my hand and the font was lovely. These are the things that make paper books so great! 3y
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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

Amor Towles debut novel is so beautiful. I kept pausing while reading to jot down quotes that I loved which I've only ever done before with The Gentleman in Moscow.

ATB Love this book!!! 3y
staci.reads I fell completely in love with this book. I don't reread often, but this is one I know I'll return to. 3y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I now have all of his books, and this one is signed. 😍

Crazeedi Can't wait to read his new one!! 3y
AmyG Nice! I loved this book so much. 3y
marleed Nice! 3y
282Mikado You've sparked my interest in this author. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre and you have me intrigued with Towles. If he is as good as you say it is a pity he has so few books out there. 3y
Rachel.Rencher @282Mikado It is a pity! I thought he was over hyped so I put off A Gentleman in Moscow for a long time, but my expectations were blown out of the water. He's now toward the top of my list of favorite authors. 3y
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Lauren890
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book reminded me why I thought A Gentleman in Moscow was just so good. His writing is fantastic and he writes a strong female main character so well. I think he has an uncanny ability to create a propulsive read but with a slow pace - in a similar way to Donna Tartt. I can‘t wait to read Lincoln Highway!!

BkClubCare I found out too late that he was at my local indie bookstore promoting his new one! I would have gone. Oh well. 3y
Lauren890 @BkClubCare That‘s awful! I‘d be so sad!! I saw him with Celeste Ng a few years ago. He‘s fantastic and the way he signs his books is fun. 3y
BkClubCare @Lauren890 - aw! I‘ll have to catch him next time. 3y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Great choices🧡🥂❤️ 3y
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BittersweetBooks
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If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us, he said, then there wouldn‘t be so much fuss about love in the first place 🏙

I have hoped; I am hoping; I will hope 💙

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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Michelle Pfeiffer

Klou Great! 3y
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