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Karen Karbo

Tall Poppies Review: In Praise of Difficult Women

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I’ve long been a fan of Karen Karbo, the award-winning author of the Kick-Ass Women series and more. This past fall, I holed up with Karen and about 20 other writer friends at a weekend long conference of our fellow Tall Poppy Writers at an Airbnb in Chicago. We shared a bathroom and brainstormed about the writing biz and our respective places in it. If you’d asked me then, I would have told you Karen Karbo isn’t the least bit “difficult.” But now I’ve read her latest book, In Praise of Difficult Women, (Foreword by the fabulous Cheryl Strayed) and I’ve changed my mind. Karbo has written a collection of essays about what it is to be a “difficult” woman…

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The Five Self-Help Books That Rocked My World

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Writing a book in the personal development/self-help field is daunting; I should know, I wrote one! The one thing I learned is that there is a fine line between self-help and total bullshit. What’s even more interesting is that line is different for everyone. Below, find my top five self-development books (that for me held the least amount of BS). Emotional Intelligence, Dan Goleman I was 23 just beginning my career. The company I worked for offered the option to continue our education and rewarded us for it. “Wait, so if I read this book I get points towards a monetary raise? Ummmm… sure!” The first book on the list was Dan Goldman’s Emotional Intelligence. When I was growing up…

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