Many books have been, and will be, written about the Carpenters. I feel the best are Ray Coleman's "The Untold Story" and Randy L. Schmidt's "Little Girl Blue". These are both greatly detailed and span the entire life of Karen and Richard from their births, childhoods, stardom, illnesses and their modern day legacy. But which one is better ? Here's some points to help you... "The Untold Story" has the official authorized stamp from Richard and was written with his participation. As well as interviews and input with Herb Alpert, John Bettis, Paul Williams, Paul McCartney,Olivia Newton John, friends, family, people who worked with them and medical professionals. it is 354 pages long, contains photos and a discography of singles and albums. "Little Girl Blue" with help from Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton John, Paul Williams, Evelyn Wallace, friends, family and people who worked with them. It has 351 pages, photos, a selected discography, a list with dates of selected television appearances, suggested reading and a bibliography with the sources of all interviews e.c.t which one do you prefer and why?