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This is a fun read, though it is definitely not a scholarly work. I found that kind of relaxing, though. It's like a beach-read version of what her actual life story was, which was a thousand times more tragic and haunting than this book ever implies. Not that this book isn't good, it's just light on the facts, and it glosses over or neglects to mention some pretty important events in her life that I know about from other more thorough biographies. At times it reads like an apologetic, which... ...more
It's a good read, but a bit unsettling as it perpetuates some false rumors and tends to read as a sensationalized fiction novel at times. If you want an accurate, thorough biography read David Stenn's Runnin' Wild. I would only recommend this one if you're a big fan of Clara's and have already read Stenn's book.