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Boys in the Trees

A Memoir

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Description

Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie Working Girl.

The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 14, 2015 – The queen of 1970s folk-rock songs about conflicted relationships revisits her own in this sometimes angsty, sometimes exuberant memoir. Simon's recollections include her parents' souring marriage (her father was crushed when her mother moved her much younger lover into their house), a lesbian encounter with a friend, episodes of child molestation (about which she has mixed feelings), and a parade of showbiz paramours including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, one of the inspirations of her exasperated mega-hit "You're So Vain." (The morning after one late-night tryst with Beatty, she told her psychiatrist about it and was informed that his last appointment had also confessed to sleeping with the star the previous evening.) She also describes her initially rapturous marriage to singer James Taylor, which eventually dissolved in infidelity and coldness. Simon's memoir unfolds in long, florid, intensely observed scenes of flirtation, seduction, and disaffection that are at once charged with erotic tension and attuned to subtle undercurrents of feeling. Her writing is impressionistic, slightly boy-crazy, wonderfully evocative, and suffused with the warm voice and bittersweet sensibility of her songs. This is a very personal book, and along with bouts of heartache and neurosis there's a persistent sense of exhilaration and discovery. Photos.

Customer Reviews

Interesting Read

Loved everything about Ms. Simons book except the end. I wish she would have taken through where she is today. Maybe a book two? If not for that I would have offered another star.

Thanks for all the entertainment over the years! You are a true diamond.

Gutsy, Honest Memoir

If Carly Simon and James Taylor were the background music of your life in the 1970s, you will find this book quite riveting. I found it difficult to turn off the light each night.

Simon writes beautifully and isn't afraid to "let it all hang out." Her description of the first night she slept with Taylor was as good as any D.H. Lawrence novel; I had to re-read the passage several times.

The hits, the fame, the downside

How we repeat ourselves in life over and over. Her relationship with Taylor mirrored her father. Glad she keep some things to herself from him. Obviously the relationship was too real for Taylor . I still want to believe there was lots of love here:

Boys in the Trees
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Nov 24, 2015
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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