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Karen Jones Gowen

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Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen's writing.


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Karen Jones Gowen I don't usually call it writer's block but procrastination, more of a problem for me than being unable to write at all. I deal with it by setting a…moreI don't usually call it writer's block but procrastination, more of a problem for me than being unable to write at all. I deal with it by setting a writing time five days a week, even if only 30 minutes a day, and telling myself I can quit after that time. Usually I get going and end up working much longer than my allotted time.(less)
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Description: Two sisters, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure? When the lives of two sisters take a much different course than expected And one sister is on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream while the other faces a terrible tragedy To give a voice to a beloved baby who had none To show the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. At these times, a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

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I've always been captivated by the idea of a child raised by monkeys, thanks to Tarzan movies when I was young, I suppose. It seemed like a fascinating but unbelievable premise until I read Marina Chapman's story. I recommend this book to the entire ...more
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A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan
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The opening chapters of this book were utterly captivating, and I looked forward to learning more about her and her husband and young daughter's experience moving to Provence, where they planned to provide for themselves by making and selling goat ch ...more
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Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill
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I've read several biographies about the Murphy's and this was one of the best, with the many details really making me feel like part of their world. Many of the people and names I wasn't familiar with but basically everyone was famous or from a famou ...more
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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
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Lovely short book about a woman suffering at great length from a debilitating illness, however I found it lacking. I craved more detail about her own illness, what it was and how she dealt with it, and less referencing biological quotes about snail e ...more
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A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
A Wilder Rose
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A must read if you're a fan of The Little House books, TV show or any of it. Besides giving excellent background and history of how the books were written, with collaboration of Laura and her daughter Rose, A Wilder Rose also provides interesting his ...more
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The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule
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I had to skim over the crime descriptions as they were so gross, the things this guy made women, and even little girls, do to him. Still, it was a satisfying read because he got what he deserved, at least as much as we can do as a civilized nation. T ...more
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Sophie's Choice by William Styron
"It seems a lot of people have a problem with the prose being pretentious and overwritten. However, I had a big problem with the unfolding of the plot. This was a strange book for me because I really wanted to like it and even thought I liked it af..." Read more of this review »
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It's not often I give a book I read to the end 2 stars. I liked the set up and beginning-- a struggling writer in a rooming house with a girl living above him he befriends while being secretly in love with-- sound familiar? I thought so too, only Sty ...more
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The Vines started out very well, intriguing me with the "Little Shop of Horror" type blood-loving plant that lives under the ground and starts growing and taking revenge on people. But then the story fell apart. There were too many characters with to ...more
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“These memories are part of my heritage, the fabric of my personality, and as real to me as the land itself.”
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“A folklore study differs from most writing, in that the tale is told in the voice of the individual telling the story, not by the collector.”
Karen Jones Gowen, Farm Girl

“In her daydreams, they aged miraculously, she still trim with a blond ponytail, standing next to her strong, tall husband with his thick, curly dark hair and straight white teeth. Money was never an issue.”
Karen Jones Gowen, Uncut Diamonds

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