A Natural Woman by Carole King
A Memoir

90%

18 Critic Reviews

King does not tell the usual celebrity story of hardship, riches, overindulgence, downfall and rehab... "A Natural Woman" is a far more original -- and sometimes, determinedly unglamorous -- tale.
-LA Times

Synopsis

The life that inspired Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.

Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn, to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A NATURAL WOMAN chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing readers into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful #1 album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife and present-day activist. Deeply personal, King's long-awaited memoir offers readers a front-row seat to the woman behind the legend.

The book includes dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances.
 

About Carole King

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Carole King had her first No. 1 hit in 1961, at age 18, with "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Collaborating with former husband Gerry Goffin, the team went on to write more than two dozen chart-toppers, including "One Fine Day", "The Loco-Motion", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and "(You Me Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman." Her 1971 solo-album, Tapesty, won 4 Grammys, and earned her the record for longest time an album by a female artist has remained on the Billboard Charts (6 years), as well as the longest time holding the #1 position (15 consecutive weeks). King, in addition to writing more than 100 top-selling songs has recorded 25 solo albums. In 2007 she and longtime collaborator James Taylor reunited and recorded Live at the Troubadour. Released in 2010 the album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Troubadour Reunion Tour became the second highest grossing Tour of that year. She has won numerous lifetime achievement honors and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, "Hit Parade" Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Carole King continues to entertain audiences the world over. She released her most recent album in December, 2011, Carole King: A Holiday Carole, to rave reviews.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Grand Central Publishing. 475 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for A Natural Woman
All: 18 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

A warm, winning read that showcases baby-boomer culture at its best.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Caroline Sullivan on Apr 06 2012

It makes for a cosy, comforting book: this is someone, you fancy, who would remember your birthday and return your calls.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

Weaving a tapestry of rich and royal hue, King’s affecting memoir eases readers through her life...

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Carraher on Apr 10 2012

The book is that memorable and quote-worthy. King’s writing style is also engaging.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger on Apr 19 2012

I couldn’t get through this book without humming or singing some of Carole King’s famous songs as I went along.

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Evelyn McDonnell on Apr 25 2012

King does not tell the usual celebrity story of hardship, riches, overindulgence, downfall and rehab... "A Natural Woman" is a far more original -- and sometimes, determinedly unglamorous -- tale.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Helen Brown on Apr 17 2012

But, alas for those of us wanting the whole skinny, it’s as gently protective of the fascinating, but often destructive, people in King’s life as I suspected it would be.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Liz Thomson on Apr 20 2012

And what a memoir: intelligent, honest, self-effacing, well-written, even though Carole King claims to be not much cop when it comes to words...

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Fiona Sturgess on Apr 08 2012

That is not to suggest that A Natural Woman is dull. On the contrary, King... has crammed an epic amount into her 70 years.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Elysa Gardner on Apr 09 2012

That dichotomy is the crux of A Natural Woman, the candid, endearingly chatty memoir that traces King's rise from a precocious Brooklyn girl to one of the world's most beloved singer/songwriters.

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Boston.com

Excellent
Reviewed by James Rosen on Apr 20 2012

For a broader audience, “Natural Woman’’ presents an engrossing and affecting memoir of a hugely gifted artist whom fame, fortune, and acclaim could not deter from undertaking the most harrowing journey into the backwoods of her own soul.

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Mail Online

Below average
Reviewed by Bel Mooney on Apr 05 2012

The curious bittiness of this memoir, and my wish for more self-analysis instead of sentimentality, is less important than her fascinating stories

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NY Daily News

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Farber on Apr 09 2012

Like her songs, King’s autobiography soars on an almost impossible level of sincerity.

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Women's Voices for Change

Excellent
Reviewed by Roz Warren on Apr 28 2012

King’s writing is as straightforward, upbeat, and honest as the artist herself, enlivened by the occasional delightful turn of phrase.

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Salty Eggs

Excellent
Reviewed by Shannon Sharpe on Apr 20 2012

King is heartbreakingly honest, admitting how embarrassed she is to speak about parts of her past.

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News.com.au

Excellent
Reviewed by Sean Sennet on May 23 2012

The book comes alive when King discusses rock 'n' roll, New York City or her place in the scheme of it all as a jobbing songwriter.

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Next Avenue

Excellent
Reviewed by John Stark on May 15 2012

The book is as spirited as her music, which she’s still busy composing.

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Little Known Gems

Good
Reviewed by Richard Pangburn on Apr 26 2012

Anyway, Carole King's memoir is good, on the same high level of two memoirs I read last year...Recommended.

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