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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karyn E. Bosnak  

Pen Name: Karyn Bosnak

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1972 in Waukegan, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Bosnak was born in Waukegan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karyn Bosnak was a television producer from 1996-2000 for Telepictures in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to New York in 2000 to be a television producer for ''King World Productions.'' Today Karyn lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Titles At Your Library

Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back
ISBN: 0060558199

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2003

Drowning in $20,000 of credit card debt, shopaholic Karyn Bosnak asked strangers for money online -- and it worked!

What would you do if you owed $20,000? Would you: A) not tell your parents? B) start your own website that asked for money without apology? or C) stop coloring your hair, getting pedicures, and buying Gucci? If you were Karyn Bosnak, you'd do all three.

Karyn started a funny yet honest website,, on which she asked for donations to help her get out of debt. Karyn received e-mails from people all over the world, either confessing their own debt-ridden lives, or criticizing hers. But after four months of Internet panhandling and selling her prized possessions on eBay, her debt was gone!

In Save Karyn: One Shopaholic's Journey to Debt and Back, Karyn details the bumpy road her financial -- and personal -- life has traveled to get her where she is today: happy, grateful, and completely debt-free. In this charming cautionary tale, Karyn chronicles her glamorous rise, her embarrassing fall, and how the kindness of strangers in cyberia really can make a difference.

20 Times a Lady: A Novel
ISBN: 0060828358

William Morrow Paperbacks. 2006

“Bosnak writes with a charming and original voice.”
Chicago Sun-Times

A smart and bubbly romp, soon to be a major Hollywood motion picture starring Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, and Andy Samberg, What’s Your Number? by Karyn Bosnak asks—and answers—the provocative question, how many men are too many? When Delilah Darling exceeds her magic number of twenty ex-lovers without finding “Mr. Right,” she sets out on a hilarious road trip to discover what went wrong. Originally published as 20 Times a Lady, Bosnak’s What’s Your Number? has got the number of chick lit romantic comedy fans who are looking for a sassy read with true wit as well as brains.

What's Your Number?
ISBN: 055216500X

Corgi Books. 2011

Everybody's got a number. In fact, everyone has a few numbers. There's the one we tell our friends, the one we tell our boyfriends, and the one, if absolutely pushed, that we tell our parents. But only we know what our true number is. Well, I was getting a little self-conscious about my number. So I decided that twenty would be my limit. No more. Not ever. Delilah Darling wakes up one morning to realise that she has, without meaning to, hit the big twenty and she still hasn't found the one. She has only one option - to go on the ultimate road trip back to the beginning and revisit all those past lovers. Could she have missed the love of her life without realising it?

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