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A natural woman : a memoir
Carole King
Adult Nonfiction ML410.K636 A3 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Weaving a tapestry of rich and royal hue, King's affecting memoir eases readers through her life, from the girlhood in Brooklyn where she was already jotting down lyrics and her teenage years that culminated musically with the hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?"; through her tumultuous marriage and songwriting years with her first husband, Gerry Goffin; her moves back and forth between New York and California; her three marriages after Goffin; and her deep commitment to environmental issues bred by her living self-sufficiently with her family in the mountains of Idaho. She confronts the physical abuse she experienced at the hands of her third husband; her disbelief that she would let someone treat her that way, and her incredulousness at her own decision to remain in the relationship; and her eventual decision-with the help of an abuse support group-to leave him. King's passionate engagement with all kinds of music, and her musical genius (her Tapestry album remained on the charts for six years running, a distinction that eluded even the Beatles) flood through these reflections, and she recreates the excitement of working with producers such as Lou Adler, Jerry Wexler, and Ahmet Ertegun, musicians James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Aretha Franklin, and songwriters Neil Sedaka, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann, among many others. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Pop superstar King reads her intimate memoir in this must-listen audiobook. She embroiders her charming story with lively anecdotes, starting with her humble beginnings as a talented Jewish child in 1950s New York and continuing through her years writing Brill Building hits like "Loco-Motion" and "One Fine Day" with Gerry Goffin. The last half describes her doings after 1971's legendary Tapestry album but keeps its focus on her family and day-to-day personal life. King's story is playful and modest, while echoing the hope and promise of her entire generation. VERDICT Even nonaudiophiles should consider listening just for King's narration. She laughs, does impressions, and even sings to bring her text to life as no one else could. Highly recommended. [The Grand Central hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Mark Swails, Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., Overland Park, KS (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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