"[A] heart-rending biography . . . The author relates Karen’s story in writing as fluid and affectless as her singing . . . As Schmidt details Karen’s unstoppable fall, Little Girl Blue becomes one of the saddest tales in pop . . . This compassionate book gives a tortured waif the third dimension she deserved." New York Times Book Review
Heartbreaking. . . . Schmidt succeeds in bringing a gifted, troubled musician to vivid life.” People
Told with compassion and understanding, this poignant and richly fascinating story of Karen Carpenter reads more like a novel you can’t put down than the extensively and impeccably researched biography it actually is.” David Kaufman, author of Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door
A fascinating, and at times harrowing, read. . . . Schmidt adds vital new information to our understanding of this contradictory and conflicted artist. . . . We know how her story ends, but Schmidt has made it as absorbing as it is deeply humane.” Blurt
[Schmidt’s] fresh perspective reanimates the rise and fall of an American recording icon. . . . [A] dense, fact-filled treatment, which carefully skirts sensationalism while exposing new truths in this haunting tragedy.” Kirkus Reviews
Very comprehensive . . . heartbreaking.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The copious research and quick-moving narration make this a volume that die-hard Carpenters fans and casual listeners alike will find interesting." Publishers Weekly
Like most of Karen Carpenter’s songs, this book pulls you in and triggers more emotion than you bargained for. Finally, the story of this angelic voice is told.” Stephen Cox, author of The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane
Well researched story of Karen Carpenter's life and musical career.
I've always said a good non-fiction book is one where you go in thinking you know the answers and come out with lots of questions.
This is the story of a woman blessed with a beautiful talent and gift that she shared with the world, if only for a short time.
Reading this book definitely offered more insight and perspective on Karen Carpenter. There were subtle hints of her family devotion, Richard's attitude about the direction of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by James R. Inman Jr
Very informative biography of the Carpenter family and band. Great background, lots of details but I don't feel I've come away knowing who Karen was, why she felt the way she did... Read morePublished 20 days ago by JTWWeller
Well written book about an amazing talent who never got the credit she deserved while she was alive.Published 26 days ago by Flower of the Desert
I am fixated on the sad tale of the Carpenters. This is one of the best books available. Not filtered through Richard's eyes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diablo13
The book started out very slowly. It seemed to be too full of too many details, many of which did not interest me, as they were of a technical nature. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Blum
But it's just heartbreaking because we all know how the book ends. Karen Carpenter was here for just a moment in time but left us so much.Published 1 month ago by Frances L. Rewis
I haven't finished the book yet but so far it has given me many insights to Karen and Richard's life that I wasn't aware of. I am looking forward to reading more!Published 2 months ago by Patrice A. Flaune