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The Diamond Lane Paperback – September 23, 2014
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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. Next up: Julia Child Rules, which will appear in October 2013.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Mimi and Mouse are two sisters who don't get along very well. Mostly this is because Mimi married a man (Ivan) that Mouse had her first crush on, who she later divorced (unfortunately before he won the Oscar for best documentary.) This caused Mouse to move to Africa and make documentaries there with a large British man named Tony, who wants to write screenplays. Years and years pass, and Mimi and Mouse's mom gets brained on the head by a ceiling fan while in a fancy restaurant and has to have brain surgery. Mimi, thinking her mother is dying, calls Mouse and tells her to come home.
Once home in LA, Mouse, who thinks her mother is dying, promises to marry Tony to make her mother happy, even though she has a fear of commitment. She finally gets around the wedding anxiety by planning to make a documentary of her own wedding with Ivan, Mimi's ex-husband who's Mouse is sort of in love with. Meanwhile Tony is writing a screenplay (and selling it) about how he and Mouse met. Only, unknown to Mouse it involves sports illustrated models.
Hollywood values, sisterhood, and filmmaking are all tested in this wonderful novel which shows the lengths people will go to get what they want, be that an acting job, a screenplay contract, or a showing of a movie. I can't say this enough, read the book! Even if it does make fun of Oregon I love it, and I can't believe it's out of print.
So many different threads weaving in and out of each other, and each is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. Seriously, though, I laughed out loud more with this book than any other I've ever read. Hollywood, something close to my heart, becomes the butt of criticism, but Karbo handles it with love. It's pure satire, and she is great at it.
I don't want to give away any plot points, but if you like familial stories written with an eye for detail, you will love this.
Anyway this novel is deservedly now undead - resurrected by Portland's Hawthorne imprint, a small second-coming press dedicated to reanimating quality fiction. (God bless too, and if second comings are indeed their specialty, I have a suggestion... but I digress.)
Originally published in 1991 the `Lane' is post-modern savaging of Angelinos along with LA/Hollywood rights and rituals.
I remember driving down the 405 by LAX, bumper to bumper, having plenty of time to read the billboards. This pretty much sums up Tinsel Town.
"First the earthquake, then the rain, fires and mudslides. And now this - Geraldo Herrera, every weekday 4:00 to 5:00 on KXLA"...
`The Lane' was well reviewed in it's first life - the New Yorker saying: "It's a testament to Karbo's skill at high comedy that the book ends with a funeral rather than a wedding - and leaves you laughing!" In the born-again edition, friend Jane Smiley also writes a fine and literary introduction.
Characters: Auntie Barb visits from her home in Boring, Oregon, a picaresque observer, radiant with sadistically amusing opinions on the unclothed La La Land emperors. Also the airs of her extended family.
Mom Shirl desperately wants youngest daughter Mouse to marry and pop some grandies as it's getting late.Read more ›
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This was a fun insight into Hollywood in the early 90s. I laughed out loud at the ambitious filmmakers who were trying to break into film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robin
Ultimately disappointed. So many good reviews and recommendations, but it just didn't deliver for me.Published 11 months ago by Lori Paris
A bit dated, but being from Southern California, I enjoyed all the silliness of living in L.A. Not the best book I ever read, but it keep my interest and made me laugh. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Starr
Karbo has concocted a fine group of characters and tells a humorous but all too true tale of life in the Hollywood film biz.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Queen
Very happy with this vendor. I ordered this book for my wife and she loved it.Published 12 months ago by John A. Delmont