Karin Tanabe

Karin Tanabe is the author of The Gilded Years, The Price of Inheritance, and The List. A former Politico reporter, her writing has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She has made frequent appearances as a celebrity and politics expert on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and The CBS Early Show. A graduate of Vassar College, Karin lives in Washington, DC. To learn more visit KarinTanabe.com.

Books by this Author

The Diplomat's Daughter
The Gilded Years
The Price of Inheritance
The List

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Don't sweat the small stuff!" I'm also a fan of: "Do crazy things with your hair while you still have hair to do it with."

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to fly a plane! I'm way too chicken to ever learn, but it must be such an amazing sense of freedom.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'm a really big fan of New Yorker writer Emily Hahn. Born in 1905, she loved to write and loved to travel and was a real fast talking dame. She worked for the Red Cross in the Congo and lived with a tribe of Pygmies, she lived in Shanghai during WWII and had a pet gibbon (she dressed him in a tuxedo!), and she wrote 54 books and more than 200 articles for The New Yorker. What a life!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I say "that's fabulous!" and "that's heinous!" far too often.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is feeling healthy, loved, inspired, free and with a plane ticket to an exotic locale in my hand! Throw in side-splitting laughter, friends and family, key lime pie, a 99.9 percent discount at Chanel and a sidewalk cafe in Paris and I may never leave.

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