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Walking with Elephants was Karen Bell’s first novel, although she is not new to writing. After earning a graduate degree in mass communication she spent 15 years as an editor and writer of business materials. She says, “Inspiration for this novel came from my direct contact with the joys of Corporate America and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother.”
With her second novel, Sunspots, she continues to be in awe of the magical and wondrous phenomenon called life. As an observer and obvious participant in feminine values and approach to our human challenges, she brings this perspective to her work. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unseen forces that perhaps play a role in guiding our choices, she searches for answers in the mundane as well as in the cosmic forces that surround us.
She is working on her third novel and lives in Ponte Vedra, Fl. with her husband and their two furry kids.
on June 19, 2012 :
I think this book was a great example of the strength and resilience of women. So many of the episodes in the main character's life were similar to things going on in my own workplace that I couldn't help but sympathize and feel encouraged by the ultimate outcome. The scene with Nat and Wanda outside the restaurant was especially rewarding! A story with ups and downs emotionally but leaves you with a feeling of achievement in the end.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on June 05, 2012 :
I loved this book! The character was great - if not a bit of a pushover with her family. I felt the book dealt with the reality of women in the workplace in that era. The issues with channeling (see comments below) were not an issue for me. Just part of the story, I didn't need to agree, just read!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on June 03, 2012 :
Every woman I know has had not this exact experience but the same kind of experience and felt that freezing moment of panic when your world not only gets turned upside down but squashed. Funny story , well written with some laugh out loud moments. Has a dash of Erma Bombeck and a pinch of Gloria Steinem. A very nice way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on March 23, 2012 :
i read this book on holiday, and ended up sitting in the shade so I could see the screen on my reader! as I love the sun, you can see how it gripped me. Ms. Bell has a unique style of writing, and it took me a couple of pages to 'get into it', but once there, I was hooked.
Her characters sprung off the page, and were believable, and yes, every one of them I though "oh you're just like...."
As in any book, there's a few niggles ( as the reviewer below I'm not too happy about the channelling of spirits—be cautious—) but over all, I say go read
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
on March 14, 2012 :
This book really got to the point. It is so true. I think that it would appeal to the over 40 crowd , however the younger ages could get a hint of what might be coming later in life to them. I could identify with Suze in almost every way. I loved the best friend, Marcia and her character. Elliott is a riot! I've know some people like him. So fun! Suze and Bob (her professor husband) are living in the doldrums of being married a long time. She is unsure of her return to the workplace and all the things that go with that. The story of lost love is awesome. Overall I would reccomend this book.. the title threw me for awhile but after reading it I totally get it! Great , quick read!
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on March 04, 2012 :
This book has a fairly catchy story but a little too much of new age thinking for my liking. This book creates the atmosphere that channeling spirits is normal when it could possibly lead to demon possession imho. Please read with caution.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)