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thank you Carole,
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This review is from: A Natural Woman: A Memoir (Hardcover)I first became aware of Carole King when I was about 9 years old and the album Tapestry came out, even at that age, to me, it was sheer perfection and in time I was learning to play all the songs on my guitar and writing songs on my own, I do think its fair to say she was a big influence on me, even her picture on the Tapestry album, she just seemed the essence of coolness without trying. I have known very little of her personal life other than her marriage to Gerry Goffin so I was happy to hear she had this memoir coming out. It is written in such a beautifully personal style that you really come away feeling like you know Carole. Even though Carole was truly rock and roll royalty, she has seemed to remain a real person with real values, it is just so refreshing to see that. A remarkable life, undoubtedly!!! I don't want to give too much away, but Carol will take you thru her amazing life of pitching her songs at age 15, 4 kids and 4 marriages, homeschooling her kids on a farm in the middle of nowhere, and precious little tidbits, like meeting Yoko in a movie theater bathroom and being invited to the Dakota to hang out with her and John afterward. Carole seemed to live life as a regular person, oblivious to how many of the greats were in awe of HER. There are dark and sad parts too, Gerry Goffins mental illness, spousal abuse, I was particularly saddened to learn Carole had a younger brother who was diagnosed as deaf and intellectually disabled at age two, and was sent "away" never to live home again. As I myself am the parent of a special needs child, it was so sad to be reminded of what happened to disabled children back in the day.
I feel like now that I have read the entire book and that I have come to "know" Carole, I want to reread it again from that perspective. I guess that tells you how much I enjoyed this book. Thank you, Carole!!!