Rules of Civility

Towles, Amor

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Rules of Civility
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year's Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multi-millionaire, an Upper East Side ne'er-do-well, and a single-minded widow.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022694
Branch Call Number: FIC T
Characteristics: 335 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 26, 2015
  • Matisse rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable read. I love stories about New York City. I loved the protagonist's ambition. Oh to be alive in Manhattan in the late '30's.

Jan 10, 2015

Beautifully written and read!
I would highly recommend this novel.

Dec 02, 2014
  • multcolib_heathere rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sit back with a drink and loll the passages over with your tongue. This is one unpredictable journey.

Oct 11, 2014
  • sirsimon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A magnificent debut novel. The writing is exquisite. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and they have all actuality thanked me and several have asked me to make future recommendations.

Sep 19, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting story of the post-Depression, pre-WWII social scene in New York City and a group of twenty-somethings whose lives revolve around wealth. Protagonist Kate, daughter of immigrants, moves up the corporate ladder, starting in the steno pool. Friend Evelyn, from Indiana, flirts with society. Tinker, a broker, comes into their lives and shows them a lifestyle they only dreamed of. When the three are involved in a serious auto crash, a chain of events unfolds that effects them all. The author is an eloquent writer, but I found it hard to care about the main characters, who were mostly shallow. The story reminded me too much of "The Great Gatsby", merely set a decade later. (And Gatsby was a much better book.)

Aug 29, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This sparkling novel set in Depression-era New York City chronicles the formative years of twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent, the quick-witted orphaned daughter of Russian immigrants, as she works her way to becoming a successful magazine editor in the cultural hub of America.

May 07, 2014
  • johannarlewis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not a life changer, but very amusing. Great picture of NYC in the 1930s.

Mar 18, 2014
  • runfastread rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well written, captivating, fun. Rules of Civility shows just how spur of the moment decisions can define your life forever. It has atmosphere and strong characters you will love, but also one of those true to life stories you don't soon forget.

Feb 26, 2014
  • MARIA E WHELAN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As a young woman who recently moved to NYC, this book not only moved me, but opened my eyes to the power of courage and confidence.

Katy Kontent is a phenomenal heroine, her sass, wit, and overall spark is what pushes the book to its height. Each character is crafted in a unique and delightful way.

I didn't want to put this book down. So seriously, give it a shot.

Nov 29, 2013

Froth at its finest. Two fun-loving but broke office girls in 1930s Manhattan, a handsome, charming millionaire in need of company, and of course it all goes horribly wrong but our heroine, Katey Kontent, always finds something interesting going on. If the New Yorker published romance novels, this would be on the front of the catalog.

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