A Natural Woman

A Natural Woman

A Memoir

Book - 2012
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This book is a memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist. From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with "Tapestry," which remained on the charts for more than six years, to her experiences as a mother, this memoir chronicles one of music's most successful and fascinating stars. It includes photos from her childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances over the years
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455512614
1455512613
Characteristics: 488 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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bibliomum
Oct 04, 2017

A fascinating incite into the life of such a talented woman.

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joanfong
Jan 28, 2017

Very beautiful story of a talented musician

What's so great about this book? Well, it's Carole King's autobiography! She starts with her childhood, talks of her young marriage to Gerry Goffin and tells the painful truth about her other marriages. I loved the stories about her songwriting days, and where such hits as "Locomotion", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and "Natural Woman" came from. I knew she started writing hits as a teen (though not just how young) but I never knew she was shy and reluctant to perform her own music until years later she was convinced to. Along the way, there are stories about James Taylor, John Lennon and Aretha Franklin to entertain. Recommended by Linda

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pokano
Feb 22, 2013

I love this woman! Her voice really shines through in this frank memoir.

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mythoughts
Oct 10, 2012

Tapestry was the very first album I bought and I was looking forward to this. I found it disappointingly bland.

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Stella04
Aug 14, 2012

I felt like I was catching up with a friend I hadn't seen in a while. Yes, there are parts that maybe don't move so fast, but that's how life is. I applaud Carole's honesty in telling her story, even the parts that are hard to tell. She is an incredible talent and, at from what I got from the book, a a kind, compassionate, warm person who 'walks her talk'. She does seem to get up every morning with a smile on her face and shows the world all the love in her heart!

gramercygal Jun 22, 2012

I loved this book from beginning to end. I was a flower child of the 60s and related to so much of what she wrote. Sans her personal story - I felt I was reading the story of my own life. It was a great trip down memory lane.

I would recommend it to anyone who lived through the 60s & 70s ... I think you would like it as much as I did!

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clayswid
May 15, 2012

I agree, it's a two star read with no energy or connection to the incredible life that is Carole King. I would pass this by.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 23, 2012

While she's certainly lived through interesting times in the music world, as a biographer, she should stick to writing lyrics. The book has no energy, no real connection to the reader. It's flat. And that's too bad, because I'm sure she has a very interesting story to tell, and I've always loved her music. Disappointing.

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