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Boys in the Trees : A Memoir
by Carly Simon


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The Instant #1 "New York Times" Bestseller

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"One of the best celebrity memoirs of the year." -"The Hollywood Reporter"

Rock Star.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The Instant #1 "New York Times" Bestseller

A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year
"Intelligent and captivating. Don't miss it." - "People Magazine"

"One of the best celebrity memoirs of the year." -"The Hollywood Reporter"

Rock Star. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor.

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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250095893
  • ISBN-10: 1250095891
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 384

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-12-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. (Nov. 25)

 
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