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How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great Hardcover – April 17, 2007
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About the Author
Karen Karbo is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and a memoir, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books. The Stuff of Life was a People Critic's Choice, a selection of the Satellite Sisters Radio Book Club, and winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. A past winner of the General Electric Young Writer Award, Karen is in addition the recipient of an NEA grant. Her essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Redbook, Elle, Vogue, Esquire, the New Republic, and Self. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
Toward that end, the author does a reasonably entertaining job of presenting the Hepburn philosophy, steeped as it is in self-mythologizing, but there is nothing revelatory here that would surprise fans. It's common knowledge that the woman was a difficult personality with a wealth of idiosyncrasies. At the same time, she continues to be a beloved icon for her unmovable sense of self and her non-conformist mindset just as much for her enduring career. Karbo's treatment reads a bit like a manifesto, which I'm sure is intentional, but without the cumulative context of Hepburn's life events, there is a lack of resonance to the life lessons presented.Read more ›
Karen Karbo has taken the power and wisdom of a legendary woman and created an enchanting manual for us to be `Hepburnized.' Kate has always been an inspiration for me in everyday life, and just the other day I thought someone should write a book about Kate's wit and wisdom. Ta da!! Here it is.....this lovely work I recommend to anyone ready to feel the fear and do it anyway and not to mention learning to find yourself absolutely fascinating!
I want to also say bravo to Karen for calling out William J. Mann and his preposterous "bio" on Kate. Read 'How to Hepburn' and find out what I'm talking about. Karen you are also a woman of substance. Kate would be proud.
Along the way she gets facts wrong, doesn't bother to source direct quotes, and uses a lot of re-cycled ideas. She also reveals a real lack of understanding of Hepburn's ability as an artist and makes some comments in regard to Hepburn's work that is laughable.
Bottom-line, I believe that Karbo does admire Hepburn but she also takes some cheap shots at Hepburn with comments for which she has no proof.
Left me with the nagging feeling that the real purpose of this book was to use the name "Hepburn" to make a couple of quick bucks off of a rather insubstantial book.
As another reader points out, the book has the feel of a manifesto, and here that's a good thing. It moves along with the purpose, energy, and wink-as-you-go humor of, well, Hepburn.
Against the framework of supposedly learning to emulate Katharine Hepburn, we learn a good deal about her life and style.
The author is not kind and turns merciless when discussing Spencer Tracy.
Cute idea, amusingly delivered.
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I didn't enjoy it like I thought I would,. Disappointing for me and I like Katherine HepburnPublished 12 months ago by sherrybob
Good sense of humor to this book, and it's easy to read a little at a time.Published 23 months ago by Laura N Gryb
i started reading this book at a bookstore. i couldn't put it down. Fro those of us curious about how Hepburn distinguished herself as a major artist and personality, this is a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by wendy van de kamp
I'm a big fan of Hepburn, and have read just about everything I can on her . Karen Karbo did a great job with this material, and wrote it from a great angle that brings something... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by lilcreative
It was good have been a big fan of her for many years. A real lady in the best sense of the word.Published on July 24, 2013 by TxLdy
Not sure this was proof-read, ever. Not what I was hoping it would be. I could not finish the book,Published on April 10, 2013 by Scimmia
OK. Have. Always been a fan and probably always will be. A fascinating character and I did learn a couple of new tidbits a out her.Published on November 22, 2012 by Marilyn M. Thomson