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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Tintori  

Pen Name: Jillian Karr (co-authored books with Jill Gregory), Karen Katz

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: September 1, 1948 in East Lansing, Michigan


-- Website -- http://www.karentintori.com/
-- Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Tintori
-- Karen Tintori on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=karen+tintori


Illinois Connection

Karen wrote about the Cherry Mine Disaster in Cherry, Illinois - the worst mine fire in US history.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karen Tintori is the non-fiction pen name of Karen Katz, a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction. ''Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster'' is her first solo book. Under the pen name Jillian Karr, she co-authored ''Something Borrowed, Something Blue'', which was turned into a two-hour movie of the week for CBS Television. A second Jillian Karr novel is entitled ''Catch Me if You Can''. The authors' first collaboration was ''What Does Being Jewish Mean?'' Her book ''Unto the Daughters: Love, Honor and Death in a Sicilian Family'', is a non-fiction book that centers on a long-held secret in her mother's family. Karen graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she majored in journalism and covered the campus for the New York Times. She was an assistant editor on the ''FTD FLORIST'' Magazine and had a successful career in public relations before she began writing books.


Awards

Karen was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes), for author appearances and other professional business, please contact Karen's agent - Sally Wofford-Girand Sally Wofford-Girand Literary Agency Brickhouse Literary Agents 80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101-03 New York, NY 10011 212-675-5556 phone 212-675-1381 fax

Selected Titles At Your Library

Catch me if you can /
ISBN: 0783882300. OCLC Number: 36949872

G.K. Hall,. .

Photographer Cat Hansen searches for her sister, the reigning Miss America, who has seemingly vanished.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue
ISBN: 9781310832147. OCLC Number: 935213135

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Four stunning and happy brides -- all ready to say I Do -- are all hiding secrets that could destroy their hopes and dreams for the future. As their fairy tale weddings draw near, will all four brides make it down the aisle to their happily ever afters?Magazine Editor Monique D'Arcy has built both her career and her relationship with her fiance on a lie -- lovely fashion model Eve is being menaced by a relentless stalker -- gorgeous actress Ana Cates, engaged to a handsome U.S. Senator, is desperate to keep her shameful past from catching up to her -- and sweet, hardworking manicurist Teri, engaged to the nicest guy in the world, must outrun a heartbreaking truth that could destroy all her dreams of happiness.Excerpted in Cosmopolitan Magazine, adapted by CBS for a TV Movie of The Week starring Connie Sellecca, Twiggy, Dina Merrill, Brett Cullen, Ron Howard, Ricky Paull Goldin and Shawnee Smith, and nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award.An entertaining ride! -- The Chicago TribuneAuthor Jillian Karr (a collaboration between authors Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori) explodes onto the mainstream fiction scene with her complex and intriguing first novel, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE. Great reading. -- Romantic TimesIn Something Borrowed, Something Blue, scandalous pasts and hopeful futures become entwined as four beautiful brides and their handsome beaus come together for a glamorous production of Perfect Bride magazine. Romance -- complicated by a stalker, infidelity, and an illegitimate child -- keeps you turning the pages of this action-packed saga. -- The Detroit NewsI know you will enjoy reading this sizzling tale of passion, deceit and dangerous desires -- and who wins or loses in this game of love. -- BOOKRACKThink your wedding's getting complicated? Dive into Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a deliciously racy novel about four soon-to-be-brides and their involvement with the fictitious Perfect Bride magazine. Definitely a fun read, but another case of art imitating life? Not! -- Bridal Guide

Something borrowed, something blue.
ISBN: 0747246696. OCLC Number: 33044539

Headline,. .

The book of names /
ISBN: 0312354738. OCLC Number: 191870670

St. Martin's Paperbacks,. .

The Book of Names.
ISBN: 9781511364508. OCLC Number: 932171418

Brilliance Audio. .

The illumination
ISBN: 9780312365264. OCLC Number: 234176062

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Natalie Landau, a museum curator with an expertise in protective amulets and magical beliefs, has received a puzzling gift from her sister Dana--a necklace with a blue evil eye pendant on it. When Natalie learns Dana was murdered only hours after sending the gift, she begins to think the amulet had something to do with her sister's death.

Trapped :
ISBN: 0743421957. OCLC Number: 60759938

Atria Books,. .

The granddaughter of a survivor recounts the tragedy that killed 259 miners, describing the fire that devastated a coal mine in Cherry, Illinois, the trial that followed, and the implications for workers' compensation laws.

Unto the daughters :
ISBN: 9781429936002. OCLC Number: 865096063

St. Martin's Press,. .

Karen Tintori thought she knew her family tree. Her grandmother Josiehad emigrated from Sicily with her parents at the turn of the century. They settled in Detroit, and with Josie's nine siblings, worked to create a home for themselves away from the poverty and servitude of theold country. Their descendants were proud Italian-Americans. But Josie had a sister nobody spoke of. Her name was Frances, and at age sixteen she fell in love with a young barber. Her father wanted her to marry an older don in the neighborhood mafia--a marriage that would give his sons a leg up in the mob. But Frances eloped with her barber, and when she returned home a married woman, her fate was sealed. Even eighty years and two generations later, Frances was not spoken of, and her memory was suppressed. Unto the Daughtersis a historical mystery and family story that unwraps the many layers of family, honor, memory, and fear to find an honor killing in turn-of-the-century Detroit. Tracing the history and insular world of Italian immigrants back to the old country, Karen Tintori shows what they came from, what they hoped for, and how the hopes and dreams of America fell far short for her great-aunt Frances.Nearly every family has a skeleton in its closet, an ancestor who sins against custom and tradition and pays a double price -- ostracism or worse at the time, and obliteration from the memory of succeeding generations. Few of these transgressors paid a higher price than Frances Costa, who was brutally murdered by her own brothers in a 1919 Sicilian honor killing in Detroit. And fewer yet have had a more tenacious successor than Frances's great-niece, Karen Tintori, who refused to allow the truth to remain forgotten. This is a book for anyone who shares the convinction that all history, in the end, is family history.--Frank Viviano, author of Blood Washes Blood and Dispatches from the Pacific Century Switching back and forth between rural Sicily and early 20th century Detroit, Unto the Daughters reads like a nonfiction version of the film Godfather II--if it had been told from the point of view of a female Corleone. In exploring her own family's secret history, Karen Tintori gives voice not just to her victimized aunt but to all Italian-American daughters and wives silenced by the power of omerta. Half gripping true-crime story, half moving family memoir, Unto the Daughters is both fascinating and frightening, packed with telling details and obscure folklore that help bring the suffocating world of a Mafia family to life.--Eleni N. Gage, author of North of Ithaka.

Unto the daughters :
ISBN: 0312334648. OCLC Number: 184822777

St. Martin's Griffin,. .

"Karen Tintori thought she knew her family tree. Her grandmother Josie had immigrated from Sicily with her parents at the turn of the century. They settled in Detroit, and, with Josie's eight siblings, worked to create a home for themselves away from the poverty and servitude of the old country. But Josie had a sister that nobody spoke of. Her name was Frances, and at age sixteen, she fell in love with a young barber. Her father wanted her to marry an older don in the neighborhood mafia--a marriage that would give his sons a leg up in the mob. When Frances instead eloped with her barber, her father and brothers killed her for it. Even eighty years and two generations later, Frances and her death were not spoken of, her name was erased from the family genealogy, her pictures burned, and her memory suppressed. Unto the Daughters is a historical mystery and family story that unwraps the many layers of family, honor, memory, and fear to find an honor killing in turn-of-the-century Detroit."--Page 4 of cover.

What does being Jewish mean? :
ISBN: 0743254139. OCLC Number: 54403436

Simon & Schuster,. .

Answers questions commonly asked about the daily practices and beliefs of Judaism.