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Katherine Center

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Katherine Center is the author of six novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, Happiness for Beginners—and the upcoming How to Walk Away. Her work has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.

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Katherine Center Thank you so much for asking!! I am a huge fan of Helen and Jake, too. I haven't thought about doing a sequel for those two specifically, but I HAVE…moreThank you so much for asking!! I am a huge fan of Helen and Jake, too. I haven't thought about doing a sequel for those two specifically, but I HAVE thought about writing a story for Duncan! I kind of fell in love with Duncan while I was writing that story (I originally thought he'd be a very minor character, but he was just so hilarious and frustrating and sweet and goofy that I couldn't resist him). I'd love to see what he's up to these days!! :) (less)
Katherine Center You have to write the story that you, yourself, want to read. You have to know what you look for, and long for, in a story before you can write…moreYou have to write the story that you, yourself, want to read. You have to know what you look for, and long for, in a story before you can write stories for others--because the only compass any writer has for a guide is internal. You can't try to imagine what somebody else would like, or approve of, or think is "good." You'll never figure that out. All you can do is figure out what you like, and then try to write a story that does that—really, really well. And then hope that there are other readers out there looking for the same thing you are.(less)
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How to Walk Away

4.16 avg rating — 8,484 ratings — published 2018 — 13 editions
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Happiness for Beginners

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Everyone Is Beautiful

3.71 avg rating — 3,297 ratings — published 2009 — 14 editions
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The Lost Husband

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The Bright Side Of Disaster

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Get Lucky

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This summer I did a fair bit of road-tripping, driving to bookstores and book events, and as I sang along to songs on my iTunes, I found that certain songs just SOUNDED like moments in How to Walk Away. So just for fun, here are some of them. If I were in charge of the soundtrack for How to Walk Away, these songs would be on it.


 


This is the Song — The Punch Brothers


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"This book definitely put a smile on my face and was a punch in the gut all at the same time. The message from this devastating yet uplifting novel definitely landed in my life just at the right time! Please pick up this one if you haven’t! Won’t r..." Read more of this review »
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“I had a purpose. I had a reason to take a shower every morning. I had a reason to take care of myself. More than that, I was figuring out how doing something for other people could - in fact - be doing something for yourself. Amazing.”
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“When you don’t know what to do for yourself, do something for someone else.”
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"I first heard about this novel from Kelly Hager of Kelly Reads. She raved about it. After that, I kept seeing this book pop up on my Instagram and Twitter so I just had to get my hands on a copy.

Wow! So glad I did. I was hooked from page one. I lo..." Read more of this review »
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Loved it, loved it. Gave it to my sister for Xmas and was going to borrow it when she was done, but she was moving too slow for me, so I got it on Audible. I'm sure the words on the page are great, but Carrie Fisher's voice is just divine. She's so w ...more
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Loved it, loved it. Gave it to my sister for Xmas and was going to borrow it when she was done, but she was moving too slow for me, so I got it on Audible. I'm sure the words on the page are great, but Carrie Fisher's voice is just divine. She's so w ...more
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“Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craining their necks. Everybody has marks on their bodies from years of living- a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are.”
Katherine Center, Everyone Is Beautiful
tags: life

“There is no better people-watching than at the airport: the whole world packed into such a tight space, moving fast with all their essentials in their rolling bags. And what caught my attention, as I took a few breaths and lay my eyes on the crowds, were all the imperfections. Everybody had them. Every single person that walked past me had some kind of flaw. Bushy eyebrows, moles, flared nostrils, crooked teeth, crows'-feet, hunched backs, dowagers' humps, double chins, floppy earlobes, nose hairs, potbellies, scars, nicotine stains, upper arm fat, trick knees, saddlebags, collapsed arches, bruises, warts, puffy eyes, pimples. Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craning their necks. Everybody had marks on their bodies from years of living - a trail of life left on them, evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they were.

In that moment, I suddenly loved us all the more for our flaws, for being broken and human, for being embarrassed and lonely, for being hopeful or tired or disappointed or sick or brave or angry. For being who we were, for making the world interesting. It was a good reminder that the human condition is imperfection. And that's how it's supposed to be.”
Katherine Center, Everyone Is Beautiful

“When you don't know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.”
Katherine Center, How to Walk Away

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“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

“The things we remember are what we hold on to. And what we hold on to becomes the story of our lives.”
Katherine Center, Happiness for Beginners

“Barni loved talking about the dresses. "Aren't they huge? I've just always been this way," she said, twirling a little. "Just born healthy, I guess."

Oh, God. I hated her so much.”
Katherine Center, Get Lucky

“Courage is contagious. My friend Katherine Center says, "You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.”
Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craining their necks. Everybody has marks on their bodies from years of living- a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are.”
Katherine Center, Everyone Is Beautiful
tags: life

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Beth Hi Katherine,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!


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