Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A quick rundown… Katey Kontent is trying to make her way slowly upward in 1938 New York. A chance meeting with Tinker Grey causes her star to rise as the year goes on – but how much of this is real? Strengths: Love the opening, the atmosphere created in the book is fantastic. Weaknesses: Occasionally... Continue Reading →

The Easter Parade by Richard Yates

A quick rundown… The story of two sisters over their lives, from childhood to the end. The different paths – with very divergent results – make for interesting reading. Strengths: Yates writes beautifully, communicating emotion in few words. Weaknesses: Not always happy, but true to life. Why I read it: I've really enjoyed his other... Continue Reading →

The Group by Mary McCarthy

A quick rundown… Billed as the forerunner to Sex and the City, this book follows a group of girls post-college in the 1930s and looks at the different lifestyle choices they make. Strengths: Very interesting seeing what each girl is doing with her life. Weaknesses: There are a lot of girls, and it's difficult at... Continue Reading →

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

The Luxe appealed to my (long gone) 15 year old self. Historical fiction, pretty dresses, handsome boys, romance- plus the covers are gorgeous. I would have loved this book as a teenager- Gossip Girl in the 1800s. Sadly now, I have grown up and so has my reading taste.  Don’t expect embellished, historical scenes- except for the horses... Continue Reading →

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