Boys in the Trees
By Carly Simon
- Release Date: 2015-11-24
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Boys in the Trees Carly Simon Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Carly Simon's New York Times bestselling memoir, Boys in the Trees, 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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User reviews about this book
Very well written. I couldn't put it down
I really loved this book. It was very well written and I found myself running late for appointments because I was unable to put it down. Very insightful look into live, depression and anxiety. I've always felt envious of the life of the King and Queen of 70s Rock and empathize with the demons they struggle with, the same ones mNy if us do. I guess not many are spared. I hope there is a follow up book that covers the time period after James Taylor to present. There is something fascinating about Carly Simon. She gives me strength.
By Coto jeff
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.
Boys in the Trees
By Niki Spencer
I really enjoyed and appreciated Carly Simon's writing. She's an interesting girl with a deep mind and a tender loving heart... I only wished she could love herself as much as she loved the others.
Boys in trees
Boring boring boring.
I enjoyed this book so much, even though "sometimes I wish that I never knew some of the secrets of yours." I found myself hoping that in the end Carly and James got back together and true love prevailed, even though I knew that didn't happen. It's a page turner, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of hers.
Well written and a page turner
FUN read, and well written with plenty of everything. Full of information that goes way beyond who ”you’re so vain” is about…This woman is amazing really. The people who came across her path is astounding.
Only halfway through this book and all I can feel is pity for someone with such a terrible childhood who seems to have searched her whole life for some kind of validation. Was there no one she met who she didn't sleep with? How lucky she was to not have contracted HIV or some other STD. And what a terrible role model for young teens. One can only hope that as she ages she develops some self worth.
Gutsy, Honest Memoir
By Florida Food Maven
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
By Still studly after all these years
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:
A special book full of delight
I just spent the holiday weekend curled up with this wonderful book! It's perfect! Delightful, interesting, poignant, intimate, beautifully written. I felt like I was lounging in a sunny Stanford White apartment in New York in the 1970s eavesdropping on music history. I highly recommend this book.
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