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Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

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14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

An incisive, no-holds-barred account of the life of Karen Carpenter

Being an avid Carpenter fan, throughout the years something about the story we were told about her life and death just didn't add up. There was first of all the 1989 TV movie "The Karen Carpenter Story" and then Ray Coleman's "The Carpenters: The Untold Story" five year...
Being an avid Carpenter fan, throughout the years something about the story we were told about her life and death just didn't add up. There was first of all the 1989 TV movie "The Karen Carpenter Story" and then Ray Coleman's "The Carpenters: The Untold Story" five years later. Now, sixteen years later, author Randy Schmidt, who spent nearly a decade researching this effort, has been able to write a book based on many interviews, some with the same people Coleman's book interviewed, but this time the Carpenter family did not control the content. The result is a well written and documented book that delves into the life of one of the greatest female singers in pop music history.

Karen Carpenter's life was short, triumphant, yet also very tragic. In this book the reasons only previously hinted at for her struggle against anorexia nervosa are fully explored. New details are now known about her relationship with a rigid, controlling mother. Her disastrous marriage. Her career, the success of which she was constantly reminded was because of her brother. Her aborted solo album, an attempt at indepencence as an artist which was sabotaged on several fronts. And lastly, the truth about what ultimately took her life.

When I finished this book, I left it with a firm sense of what led to Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia and ultimately her death. Anyone who remembers the melancholy beauty of the music of the Carpenters must get this book!

posted by JohnAJ on May 30, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not my favorite

The book was ok. A little slow in places

posted by 10390378 on November 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Not my favorite

    The book was ok. A little slow in places

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