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Karen Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where both of her parents were employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Erdrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with an AB degree, and she received a Master of Arts in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1979. Erdrich published a number of poems and short stories from 1978 to 1982. In 1981 she married author and anthropologist Michael Dorris, and together they published The World's Greatest Fisherman, which won the Nelson Algren Award in 1982. In 1984 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Love Medicine, which is an expansion of a story that she had co-written with Dorris. Love Medicine was also awarded the Virginia McCormick Scully Prize (1984), the Sue Kaufman Prize (1985) and the Los Angeles Times Award for best novel (1985). In addition to her prose, Erdrich has written several volumes of poetry, a textbook, children's books, and short stories and essays for popular magazines. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence, including the National Magazine Fiction Award in 1983 and a first-prize O. Henry Award in 1987. Erdrich has also received the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, the Western Literacy Association Award, the 1999 World Fantasy Award, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006. In 2007 she refused to accept an honorary doctorate from the University of North Dakota in protest of its use of the "Fighting Sioux" name and logo. Erdrich's novel The Round House made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Her other New York Times bestsellers include Future Home of the Living God (2017). (Bowker Author Biography)
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Love Medicine 3,561 copies, 73 reviews
The Round House 3,557 copies, 212 reviews
The Master Butchers Singing Club 2,282 copies, 68 reviews
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The Plague of Doves 1,884 copies, 85 reviews
The Beet Queen 1,644 copies, 19 reviews
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LaRose 1,165 copies, 64 reviews
The Painted Drum 1,162 copies, 44 reviews
Future Home of the Living God 1,142 copies, 69 reviews
Shadow Tag 961 copies, 65 reviews
The Bingo Palace 945 copies, 17 reviews
Four Souls 815 copies, 18 reviews
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Tales of Burning Love 701 copies, 9 reviews
The Crown of Columbus 508 copies, 8 reviews
The Game of Silence 472 copies, 17 reviews
The Porcupine Year 297 copies, 18 reviews
The Best American Short Stories 1993 (Editor) 261 copies, 2 reviews
Chickadee 230 copies, 11 reviews
Makoons 123 copies, 2 reviews
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Grandmother's Pigeon 109 copies, 4 reviews
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State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (Contributor) 478 copies, 10 reviews
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The Best American Short Stories 2015 (Contributor) 198 copies, 2 reviews
The New Granta Book of the American Short Story (Contributor) 190 copies, 1 review
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We Are the Stories We Tell (Contributor) 183 copies, 1 review
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American Religious Poems: An Anthology (Contributor) 138 copies, 1 review
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Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards (Contributor) 118 copies, 1 review
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (Contributor) 113 copies, 3 reviews
Witches' Brew (Contributor) 110 copies
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Granta 38: We're So Happy! (Contributor) 105 copies, 1 review
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 81 copies
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (Contributor) 76 copies, 2 reviews
The Granta Book of the Family (Contributor) 75 copies
Granta 19: More Dirt (Contributor) 67 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1983 (Contributor) 65 copies
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (Contributor) 60 copies
Granta 129: Fate (Contributor) 52 copies
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (Contributor) 42 copies
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (Contributor) 30 copies, 1 review
Mothers and Daughters: An Anthology (Contributor) 29 copies, 1 review
Through the Eye of the Deer (Contributor) 27 copies
The Best American Poetry 2021 (Contributor) 21 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
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A Link with the River (Preface, some editions) 17 copies
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