A Natural Woman by Carole King ? review

Costume - 06/04/2012

Wildly successful, modest ? Carole King is a one-offA sentence in chapter 30 of A Natural Woman tells you quite a bit about Carole King, whose songs have been familiar for 50 years to anyone who knows anything about pop. It refers to 1966, when she and her then husband and co-songwriter, Gerry Goffin, were living in suburban New Jersey and raising two daughters. Inspired by coolsters who advocated taking drugs to expand one's consciousness, Goffin was on a quest to ingest as much LSD as he could. King herself was an abstainer. "In reality such explorations were mostly unscientific, with no built-in controls," she writes primly.This earnestness permeates the book, making it the kind of pop memoir you couldn't possibly mistake for, say, Keith Richards's Life. Though King's career has had its eyebrow-raising moments ? to escape her affluent Los Angeles lifestyle, for instance, she once spent three years in an unheated cabin in Idaho ? she is still, even at 70, a nice Jewish girl from...