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"[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
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
I was fortunate enough to see The Carpenters perform live in 07/72. I was 5 years old and completely head over heels in love with The Carpenters. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Judy B
Randy L. Schmidt's research into Karen's personal life was exhausted. He knows his subject better than some of her closest confidants. His work is a masterpiece. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ben Rinehart
Such sadness. This beautiful woman with the God given unmatched voice should have lived such a glorious life. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kerry
I have never received (Little Girl Glue: the life of Karen Carpenter). It was ordered August 11, 2015Published 28 days ago by Jeff Wright
I may be wrong, but this struck me as a pretty fair representation of her life -- the mother (Agnes) comes out as the most disruptive and Richard has many redeeming features. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SEB
Richard and his family were very selfish. Why would it be a surprise that she had an eating disorder.Published 1 month ago by Sandra Henderson