Harvard Book Club --Wednesday February 28

The next Harvard Club of Cincinnati Book Club meeting is set for Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Cafe in the Joseph Beth Bookstore.  We will be reading A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.

At our last meeting, we discussed our method of selecting upcoming meeting dates.  Although no decision for change was made, you are encouraged to attend our next meeting and express your opinion in a fuller discussion.

Amazon Book Review:

An Amazon Best Book of September 2016:  A Gentleman in Moscow is the utterly entertaining second novel from the author of Rules of Civility.  Amor Towles skillfully transports us to The Metropol, the famed Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls.

It’s also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest for a poem deemed incendiary by the Bolsheviks, and meets Nina.

Nina is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life.  Despite being confined to the hallway of the hotel, the Count lives an absorbing, adventure-filled existence, filled with capers, conspiracies and culture.  Alexander Rostov is a character for the ages--like Kay Thompson’s Eloise and Wes Anderson’s M. Gustav, he is unflinchingly (and hilariously for readers) devoted to his station, even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism.  Towles magnificently conjures the grandeur of the Russian hotel and the vibrancy of the characters that call it home. --Al Woodworth, The Amazon Book Review

About the Author:

Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University.

Having worked as an investment professional in Manhattan for over twenty years, he now devotes himself fulltime to writing.  His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011.  The book was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film and its French translation received the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald.  His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was ranked as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St.

Louis Dispatch, and NPR.  Both novels have been translated into over fifteen languages.

Mr. Towles, who lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children, 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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Other Books Recently Suggested:

          "Blitzed:  Drugs in the Third Reich," by Norman Ohler

     "100 Things to See in the Night Sky:  From Planets to Satellites to Meteors and Constellations, Your Guide to Stargazing," by Dean Regas

     "Social Science Methods for Psychodynamic Inquiry," by William R. Meyers

     "Personal History," by Katharine Graham

     "Homo Deus:  A brief History of Tomorrow," by Yuval Noal Harari

     "Plrknib," by Alex Bernstein

     "The Red Tent," by Anita Diamant

     "Commander in Chief:  FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943," by Nigel Hamilton

     "One Hundred Years of Solitude," by Gabriel Garcia Marques

     "The Mantle of Command," by Nigel Hamilton

When:

Wednesday, 02/28/18 at 7:30pm - 9:00pm | iCal

Where:

Bronte Cafe: Joseph Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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March will be a non-fiction month.  If you have suggestions or other concerns, please contact Book Club Chair Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net or 321 0967.