“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” This is Karen Karbo’s personal motto. She notes that it is attributed to the NextTribe prototype Dorothy Parker, but it was actually coined by Ellen Parr, in Reader’s Digest. “Way less sexy,” Karen says, “but the truth often is.” No matter who said that phrase first, we want to steal it. Karen has just the right attitude for NextTribe and her writing skills are more than right. They’re great, as Tony the Tiger used to shout. Her debut piece for NextTribe is about the traditional lack of strong older women in literature and two novels that are capturing the over-50-women-rule zeitgeist that we feel in the air. Karen is the author of multiple novels, works of creative non-fiction, and a memoir. Her most recent book is In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons from 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules. Her genre-bending Kick–Ass Women series includes Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life (2013); How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living (2011); The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman (2009), an international best-seller and a Number One Kindle bestseller; and How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great (2007). You can find her at karenkarbo.com.
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