Amor Towles was born in (1964) and is an American novelist. His first novel, Rules of Civility, was published in 2011 and was a New York Times bestseller. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, was published in 2016 and also became a bestseller.
His books have been praised for their wit, intelligence, and elegant prose. Here are some books that Towles recommends to his readers.
Forward by Blake Crouch
In his book, “Forward,” Blake Crouch envisions a future in which humanity has reached a point of no return. In Crouch’s telling, we have finally exhausted the resources of our planet and are forced to find new homes among the stars.
But even as we stretch out into the universe, we find that we are not alone.
Crouch’s novel is a masterful work of science fiction that explores the nature of humanity and our place in the cosmos. With richly-drawn characters and a gripping plot, “Forward” is a must-read for fans of the genre.
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
Maggie Shipstead’s novel Great Circle is a captivating read about the life of Hadley Baxter, a world-famous Hollywood actress. The story spans Hadley’s entire life, from her childhood in England to her adult years in Hollywood.
Shipstead expertly weaves together Hadley’s many love affairs, friendships, and professional successes and failures into a cohesive and compelling narrative. The result is a richly textured portrait of a woman who is both flawed and fascinating.
Great Circle is an addictive read that will leave you eager to find out what happens next. Shipstead has created a complex and unforgettable character in Hadley Baxter, and readers will be eagerly anticipating her next novel.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel by Amor Towles that tells the story of a Russian aristocrat who is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow after the Bolshevik Revolution.
Count Alexander Rostov is a man of refined taste and intelligence, and his experiences in the hotel provide a fascinating glimpse into Russian society during this turbulent period of history. The book was published in 2016 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Eve in Hollywood by Amor Towles
Eve in Hollywood by Amor Towles is a book about a young woman’s journey to Hollywood in the 1920s. Evelyn Sawyer is a small-town girl from Nebraska who comes to Hollywood with big dreams of becoming a star.
She quickly learns that the path to stardom is not an easy one, and she must navigate her way through the dangerous and cutthroat world of Tinseltown. Along the way, she meets some interesting characters and makes some tough decisions that will change her life forever.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Amor Towles’s Rules of Civility is a timeless guide to achieving success in any field. The book offers advice on everything from how to dress for success to how to navigate office politics.
Towles’s tips are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published in 2011.
The Albany Cycle by William Kennedy
The Albany Cycle by William Kennedy is a series of nine novels that chronicle the history of Albany, New York, from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.
The Albany Cycle has been praised for its historical accuracy and for its depiction of the city of Albany as a character in its own right. Kennedy has won numerous awards for his work on the series, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award.
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Naguib Mahfouz is considered one of the most influential writers of the Arab world. He was born in Egypt in 1911 and died in 2006. The Cairo Trilogy, his most famous work, was published between 1957 and 1959.
The Cairo Trilogy tells the story of three generations of an Egyptian family living in Cairo from 1917 to 1952. The novels follow the lives of Alaa, Yasin, and Wahiba against the backdrop of political turmoil in Egypt.
Critics have praised The Cairo Trilogy for its realistic portrayal of Egyptian life and its insight into the Arab world. The novels are considered classics of Arabic literature.
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Amor Towles’s novel The Lincoln Highway tells the story of a group of friends who embark on a cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco.
The novel follows their journey as they discover new things about themselves and the country they live in. Along the way, they learn about the history of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway in the United States.
The Lincoln Highway was built in 1913 and was named after President Abraham Lincoln. It stretched from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco.
The highway was designed to connect the East Coast with the West Coast and promote economic growth across the country.
Today, the Lincoln Highway is no longer used as a major thoroughfare, but it remains an important part of American history.
The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
Paul Scott’s The Raj Quartet is a stunning work of historical fiction that chronicles the final days of the British Raj in India.
The four novels in The Raj Quartet are some of the most intricately plotted and beautifully written books you will ever read. Scott deftly brings to life the characters, both British and Indian, who are struggling to come to terms with the end of an era.
The Raj Quartet is an essential work of literature for anyone interested in the history of Britain’s colonization of India. The novels offer a nuanced and complex view of the British Empire, and its legacy in India today.
You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles
You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles is a novel about a man who arrives at his destination, only to find that it is not what he expected. The novel follows the man as he tries to make sense of his new surroundings and figure out what to do next.