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Karen Karbo
Born Detroit, Michigan, United States
Nationality American
Education University of Southern California
Genre Non-fiction, fiction, biography, journalism, children's books
Notable awards National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Book Award, General Electric Younger Writer Award

Karen Karbo is an American novelist, non-fiction writer and journalist. Her writing is known for its wit, eye for detail and human shortcomings, broad interests and ability to cross genres including fiction, biography, self-help, essay, journalism and children's mysteries. It combines tragicomic humor and feminist social commentary to explore her own and other women's experiences with work, relationships, family, aging and social pressure.

She has also written the three-book Minerva Clark children's mystery series (2005–7).

Karbo has received an Oregon Book Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, among other recognition. She has written essays, articles and reviews for Elle, Esquire, The New York Times, O, Outside,, Vogue, and other magazines. New York Times critic Janet Burroway described her books as "praised for their laugh-aloud, zinging, elbow-in-the-side wit," and her magazine work as in the tradition of participatory journalism writers such as George Plimpton or Bob Shacochis. Karbo lives in the south of France after previously residing in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.



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