Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

Why Karen Carpenter Matters

Karen Tongson

152 pages first pub 2019 (editions)

nonfiction essays memoir music reflective fast-paced
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In the '60s and '70s, America's music scene was marked by raucous excess, reflected in the tragic overdoses of young superstars such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. At the same time, the uplifting harmonies and sunny lyrics that propelled Karen ...

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emotional 40%
hopeful 24%
funny 20%
sad 20%
inspiring 16%
dark 8%
lighthearted 8%
relaxing 8%


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