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A Natural Woman
A Natural Woman: A Memoir | Carole King
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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.
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gradcat
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#anglophileapril

(Day 5 - #SoFarAway)

*Sorry, I tried, but I just can‘t get this image out of my mind. Apologies to David Guetta & Martin Garrix, but theirs is not the first song with that title that comes to my mind.

Leftcoastzen I agree ❤️ 3mo
Melissa_J The only song with this title I‘m familiar with is the Staind version. 3mo
Reviewsbylola This is the one I think of too. ♥️ Carole King. 3mo
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gradcat @Leftcoastzen @Reviewsbylola Does this bring back memories for you guys? I‘m old enough that I was a teenager when it was first issued, and I know every word of every song! 3mo
gradcat @Melissa_J I know that one, too, but Carole King‘s Tapestry is just iconic, imho.... 3mo
Melissa_J Is it bad that I just had to go to YouTube to hear the King version? I had no idea what the song was until I heard it 😬 3mo
Samplergal @gradcat One of my first albums. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t born when it came out but my kids like some of her songs now. 3mo
Cinfhen I recently saw the musical Beautiful, which is the Carole King story....OMG!!! What a talented singer and song writer!!! She has sooooo many songs that I love!! Great show, BTW. 3mo
CarolynM So much better than #* ?! Dire Straits 3mo
gradcat @Cinfhen I‘m very jealous...I think that would be a great show—I‘m so glad you got to go! 3mo
gradcat @Melissa_J Not at all! I‘m so impressed that you took the time to do that—I hope it was worth it! 3mo
gradcat @Samplergal & @CarolynM & @Reviewsbylola Thanks for your comments...I love reading everyone‘s thoughts. It was one of my first albums, too. I‘m always impressed when younger folks listen to music that is decades older than they are. 3mo
Mdargusch Very iconic! 3mo
Leftcoastzen It is and was an iconic album.The hits were inescapable on the radio . It is the kind of record you want to hear on an introspective Saturday morning or afternoon. 3mo
emilyhaldi ❤️ 3mo
gradcat @Leftcoastzen I think you put it very well...you‘ve set the mood of the album ideally. @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi Yaaasss! 3mo
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Librarybelle
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Okay...odd logic, but here we go. #OmarSharif was in Funny Girl, the musical about Vaudeville star Fanny Brice. Thinking of stage performance and singing, this brought me to Carole King and her memoir.

Thanks to @Cinfhen and @vivastory for a fun #MusicalNewYear !

Cinfhen I saw the musical Beautiful this summer on Broadway which is the Carole King story!!! It was fabulous and the music was incredible ❣️🎭🎼Thanks for joining us 💞 5mo
vivastory Works for me 👍 5mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Bailedbailed

I‘m about 100 pages in and this is sooooo vanilla. Perhaps it‘s the tell vs show of the writing or just the white washed telling (it feels super PollyAnna) but I‘m just not all that compelled. Since it‘s a nearly 500 page book, I‘m just pulling the plug and moving on.

cocomass Good for you! There are too many books to read to power through another 400 pages 👏🏽 6mo
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lynneamch
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Carole King: It‘s a song about wondering what we can do when we see injustice, and it expresses my long held belief that we–all of us humans–are most effective when we come together as “One” and stand up for our values such as dignity, inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and caring for our most vulnerable neighbors. . . I was inspired to write some new lyrics for the last chorus to reflect my feelings about the 2018 election.#love #gratitude30

lynneamch Poetry set to music. #PoetryMatters #sun @LazyDays 8mo
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Bookzombie
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Mehso-so

Let me begin by saying that I am fan of much of Carole King‘s music and would love to see the Broadway musical about her early life. However, I just didn‘t love this memoir. Her writing isn‘t bad, but I felt she included quite a bit of uninteresting information. I told my husband that it felt like the memoir that never ends. Also, this sounds awful, but it felt like she did a lot of name dropping. Maybe that is just how it came across on audio.

Bookzombie #nonfictionchallenge2018 - Examples of uninteresting things: lengthy description of mixing boards, how records are produced (not the music, but the vinyl itself), and possibly too much detail about the issue with the road on her land in Idaho. 9mo
Crazeedi Maybe she should just stick to writing and singing great tunes! 😉 9mo
Bookzombie @Crazeedi Maybe! 🙂 9mo
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TsundokuAleax
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I had the absolute joy of seeing this show last night. It was amazing and the way the staged it was glorious. Such a beautiful story and it was very interesting to see the early song catalogue of King. If you have a chance, go see this show.

DivaDiane I would so love to! Love Carole King and her music. 🎶 🎼 (edited) 1y
TsundokuAleax @DivaDiane Then you would totally love this show. It focuses on her early career through writing Tapestry. I fell in love with the show and did not realize how much of her music I did know. 1y
DivineDiana Is this in Philadelphia? 1y
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KVanRead
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One more somewhat #bookishtravel memory from last weekend in NYC, as the musical is based on this memoir. Such a great show, so well done, and I had no idea how many early hits she had for other performers. Highly recommend the show and now I must read the book!

Tjackson I have seen it twice! I love the show. 2y
KVanRead @Tjackson Lucky you! I would definitely go again. 2y
Tjackson Me, too!!! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Not book related...
When my grandmother passed earlier this year, I brought home her record player. Since then I've been keeping my eyes open at the Sal Val and Goodwill for old records in decent condition. I scored this week.... so I hooked it all up and played it for the first time at my house. Carole King's Tapestry was the first record it played in its new house. I can't believe I found this record for 0.99 & that it all works!

TrishB Lovely story 👍 2y
RanaElizabeth Tapestry is a gorgeous album! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TrishB Thank you, its seemed like a great memory worth sharing even if it wasn't book related. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @RanaElizabeth Yes it is, great songs throughout.....and I'm almost through both sides now, with no skipping yet 🤞 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So awesome!!! I'm sorry about your grandmother 😓 2y
JSW Beautiful record and 😘 to you 2y
LeahBergen That's a great album (and a lovely nod to your grandmother's memory 💕). 2y
minkyb Sweet! 2y
Megabooks 💕💕💕 2y
OrangeMooseReads Great album! 2y
readordierachel Great find 💙 2y
KVanRead I was just about to post about seeing Beautiful in NYC last week...probably around the time of your post! One of my all time favorite albums too. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @KVanRead That's some great kismet! 2y
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bio_chem06
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She doesn't get it, all she knows is it has my undivided attention.

josie281 I have this on my TBR shelf. Bought it at the Beautiful musical. 2y
bio_chem06 Oh the musical was amazing, I loved it. The book is also great, I'm reading it now and I'm loving it. It fills in a lot of stuff. 2y
Zelma 😂 that face is cute! And pretty amusing. 2y
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bio_chem06
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If you haven't seen the touring, Beautiful musical about Carole King, do yourself a favor, get tickets now! Such an amazing show. So amazing, I couldn't wait to pick this book up from the library today.

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josie281
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#ontgenightstand is always my laptop, random hair ties, assorted crap from my pocket, and books that I might want to read next. I really need to wipe it down. Yeah, I will get to that. #apribookshowers

Mariposa_Bookworm I love the sticker on your laptop! Hermione rocks! 2y
josie281 @Mariposa_Bookworm I saw it and knew that was the decal for me! 2y
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josie281
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I'm at the musical with my momma. It is so so good. My heart is full of happy which was much needed! #offbroadway

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