Karen Karbo
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Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year. Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books.

Karbo's 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an NYT Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics' Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction.

Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, O, More, The New Republic, The New York Times, salon.com and other magazines. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award.

Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, published in 2011. How to Hepburn, published in 2007, was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an exuberant celebration of a great original"; #1 ebook best-seller The Gospel According to Coco Chanel appeared in 2009. Julia Child Rules: Lessons On Savoring Life Julia Child Rules was published in 2013. Next up: In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules will be released on February 27, 2018.

In addition, Karbo penned three books in the Minerva Clark mystery series for children: Minerva Clark Gets A Clue, Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs, and Minerva Clark Gives Up the Ghost.

Karen grew up in Los Angeles, California and lives in Portland, Oregon where she continues to kick ass.

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Best Sellers

    • The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

    • Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman
    • By: Karen Karbo
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Delving into the long, extraordinary life of renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel, Karen Karbo has written a new kind of book, exploring Chanel’s philosophy on a range of universal themes....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • She's one of my faves

    • By Heather on 04-24-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • In Praise of Difficult Women

    • Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules
    • By: Karen Karbo, Cheryl Strayed - foreword
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, In Praise of Difficult Women is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations....

    Regular price: $24.47

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