The man can flat out write! Wonderful first novel by Amor Towles. Not as good as a Gentleman in Moscow but still a very accurate and intimately detailed account of the lives of a few people living in New York in 1938. There are down to earth types, societal ladies and men, phonies and some plain old wonderful characters in this cast. The title is based on a pamphlet that George Washington’s mother gave him about how to behave in polite society and we see examples of many of those sayings being used throughout, along with a healthy dose of he wisdom of Henry David Thoreau from his book “Walden” and Agatha Christie mysteries. I quickly read this book and was enthralled from the very first page. If you enjoy fine writing than Towles is certainly someone that you will enjoy!