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With Love from Karen

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  381 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The author continues the story of her daughter facing the challenges of living with cerebral palsy in this sequel to Karen.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1993 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1963)
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Jan 02, 2011 Ellie rated it it was amazing
This book along with the first, Karen, changed my life (I first read it when I was 8). I ended up teaching children with special needs. And sharing the first book, Karen, with my daughter was a great moment in our relationship.
Karen Killilea is a child with cerebral palsy at a time when children with special needs were ignored and even despised by society. In one horrifying scene, an ordinary, friendly suburban housewife is transformed into a Shirley Jackson character when she realizes that the
May 21, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
The sequel/conclusion to Karen, while somewhat less well-edited and less linear, is just as wonderful for all the information contained therein about living with a child with disabilities. It's a bygone era; things like sexuality and menstruation aren't even mentioned in regards to Karen; I get the feeling that it was regarded as a given that she would never date or marry, given her "condition". Karen also remains a picture of innocence right up through the end of the book, when she is probably ...more
I'm cheating and copying and pasting my review of the prequel, Karen, here.

I received this from a favorite Aunt in Montreal as a child. I have no idea how many times I read this but it could be in 3 digits. It certainly is high up in two digits! It didn't occur to me for many years why my Aunt had picked this particular book and its sequel to give me. I have multiple disabilities and could relate in many ways to Karen more than many people. Like her I had multiple surgeries, including on my hip
Mar 10, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
I read this book to tatters when I was young. Recently bought a copy on eBay to re-read and see if it was still a compelling story to me as an adult. It was--with the added fun of enjoying the retro factor. I found myself wondering what kind of life Karen enjoyed as an adult, but she kept her life from that point on scrupulously private. I was able only to find out that that she is still alive, working as a receptionist in upstate New York.
Lisa Vegan
Jul 20, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoyed the book Karen
I loved the book Karen. I remember being somewhat disappointed by this sequel. I still recommend it to readers who enjoyed Karen because it is interesting to find out what happened to Karen and her family members. But I found it a bit depressing, and also thought the author, Karen’s mother, rushed through quite a bit about what happened with all her children’s futures. Not enough time/pages were given to momentous life changes.
I never liked this one half as much when I was a kid, and I could barely get through it on this reread. I tried it again, though, and got more into it. There's too much of Karen's fans and their letters and honestly, several of them seemed very creepy. It's also oddly nonlinear and I could never get a handle on how old people were at any given point, especially once Kristen was born.
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Dec 29, 2014 Wicca rated it really liked it
The follow-up to Karen, but her mother, continues the story into Karen's teens.
I read this while recovering from minor hand surgery, and felt blue - so the fact that I cried through half the book is probably partially due to that. However, again, the mom can write and the story is compelling.
Jun 10, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-memoirs
More of Karen's remarkable story
Oct 11, 2014 Almira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, biography
amazing true story. I have read it over and over. It has been so helpful in raising a child with multiple medical challenges.
Jan 16, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, kid-lit
I apparently had a passion for the melodramatic as a child, because I LOVED this book.
Apr 07, 2008 Marie rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
Packed with too many characters and very dated, but shows the strength of a large family embracing their daughter with CP in the 50s and 60s.
Wendy Ianne
Nov 11, 2013 Wendy Ianne rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book! Loved it!
Mar 12, 2015 Akeating2003 rated it it was amazing
I have read this book over and over. Amazing story and amazing family, you will laugh and cry along with them
Aug 17, 2008 Dora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in high school, I think. Really liked reading what had happened to Karen. Would be interesting to see if I still like it....
Jul 01, 2011 Cwelshhans rated it it was amazing
Just lovely. Especially after reading Karen, it's like catching up with old friends.
Jul 09, 2014 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Still one of my dog-eared favorites. A grown-up Karen and her ever-growing family take on new challenges and joyous adventures with love and humor and a great big, heaping dose of faith.
Apr 27, 2015 Anna added it
So good!
Jun 26, 2013 Stacie rated it it was amazing
I adored this book, the wonderful sequel to "Karen," when I was a teenager.
Jun 03, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
Read as a teenager and still remember how good it was.
Maria C.
Mar 20, 2017 Maria C. rated it liked it
I read this book when I was a preteen, and looking at the book now from memory (many years later), the parents didn't protect the children. The children were made to experience being in a fish bowl, for example, interrupted breakfasts, dinners, lunches; (the mother who writes, "we disconnected all doorbells...let them all in (invited and uninvited guests)" ; to frequent house guests (the mother herself writes, " memorable weekend we served...meals" and the mother also writes (paraphrasing) ...more
Emily Giesbrecht
Oct 31, 2016 Emily Giesbrecht rated it really liked it
Seems like I faintly remember reading 'Karen', but I'd like to reread it now. Really enjoyed this book.
Nydia Burdick
Mar 11, 2017 Nydia Burdick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book

I read this book as a teenager and still have the paperbacks but wanted it on Kindle. Thus I read it again. This is the second party of the Karen Killilea story. Karen was born in 1940 3 months premature. She almost died several times as an infant. As the result probably of her early birth she has cerebral palsy of the spastic type which made her body inflexible. That she learned to walk was a miracle. The faith of Karen and her family are heartwarming. I read this book first as a
Monica Fader
Jun 16, 2016 Monica Fader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good follow on to the best-selling book Karen

I don't have much to add to the other 5 star ratings as they've said it all. I've just read both Karen and With Love from Karen back to back and couldn't put them down. Marie Killilea is an excellent writer and the story made you feel as though you were right there in the living room as part of the family. I also enjoyed hearing about what life was like in the 1940s.
Mar 13, 2014 Holly rated it liked it
Read this after reading the first book "Karen" and it really helped me learn a lot about people in general.
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Founder of the Cerebral Palsy Association.

* Marie Lyons Killilea was born June 28, 1913 in New York City to Tom and Marie Powers Lyons.

* Her father was a sportswriter for the New York Sun and later became co-owner of a Wall Street brokerage firm.

* Attended Mount St. Vincent Academy in Riverdale. Attended the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

* Married James Killilea on July 25, 1933. Primary
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