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Amor Towles
Amor Towles was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For over twenty years he was an investment professional until he retired in 2013 in order to write full time. He lives with his wife and two children... show more



Amor Towles was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. For over twenty years he was an investment professional until he retired in 2013 in order to write full time. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan and serves on the boards of the Library of America, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Wallace Foundation.Published in July 2011, his novel RULES OF CIVILITY has been translated into 15 languages. In America it was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times. The book was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best works of fiction in 2011 and its French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. His second novel, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, was published in September 2016.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.

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Birth date: January 01, 1964
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Sorry kids, no feet.
Sorry kids, no feet. rated it 2 years ago
This book was just what I needed. For starters the main character is forced to spend all of his time in one building. Granted that building has a five star restaurant, a full-service bar, and a barber shop that's allowed to operate but the man is stuck inside all the same. It kind of seems fitting r...
Abandoned by Booklikes
Abandoned by Booklikes rated it 2 years ago
Not too much to say except I really loved this from beginning to end. Towles has a great character in Count Alexander Rostov. We follow the Count from his lock down at the Metropol from 1922 to the 1950s. "A Gentleman in Moscow" opens on a trial in 1922. Count Alexander Rostov is being charged w...
runner
runner rated it 3 years ago
One of the few books this year I have attempted to read but just could not finish. The writing was good but I felt the claustrophobic setting of the Metropol Hotel in Moscow and the adventures of disgraced Count Alexander Rostov soon lost my attention. It would therefore be very unfair of me to rate...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it 3 years ago
My brother used to be a journalist in Moscow during the reign of the Soviet Union, so he has some interest in Russia and its history. This book essentially follows the history from about 1922 until 1954 or so by following the life of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who was living in a fancy hotel in ...
DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it 5 years ago
On GoodReads this book gets 19,307 five star ratings and 10,728 four star, but I didn't enjoy it - is there something wrong with me?? I listened to the audio version and I didn't think I had a problem with the narrator, but I was really not gripped and had to force myself to pick it up each time. Af...
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