New York Times BestsellerA People Magazine Top Ten Book Of The Year A Sensational Memoir Brilliantly Well Written Carly Simon Is Incapable Of Writing A Boring Sentence You Can Forgive Anything For The Unparalleled Brilliance Of Her Writing Lynn Barber, Sunday Times Hugely Affecting Memoir Heartfelt And Remarkable Fiona Sturges, IndependentCarly Simon Is A Household Name She Was The Staple Of The S And S Billboard Charts And Was Famously Married To James Taylor With Whom She Has Two Children She Has Had A Career That Has Spanned Four Decades, Resulting In Thirteen TopHits, Including The NumberSong You Re So Vain , Numerous Grammy Awards, A Golden Globe And An Academy Award 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 Film Working Girl Boys In The Trees Is A Rhapsodic, Beautifully Composed Memoir Of A Young Woman S Coming Of Age Amongst The Glamorous Literati And Intelligentsia Of Manhattan Her Father Was Richard Simon, Co Founder Of Publishing Giant Simon Schuster , A Reflection On A Life Begun Amidst Secrets And Shame, And A Powerful Story Of The Strength To Leave That All Behind And Forge A Path Of Art, Music And Love In The Golden Age Of Folk And RockAt Once An Insider S Look Into A Life In The Spotlight, A Lyric Reflection On A Particular Time In Our Culture S History, And A Beautiful Memoir About The Pains And Joys Of Love And Art, Boys In The Trees Is The Story Carly Simon Has Long Been Waiting To Tell The WorldPraise For The US Edition One Of The Best Celebrity Memoirs Of The Year Hollywood Reporter Intelligent And Captivating People Compelling Rolling Stone


4 thoughts on “Boys in the Trees: A Memoir

  1. says:

    Wonderfully written memoir of her life from childhood to her divorce from James Taylor I read it in one sitting and have to say at the end of it felt quite sorry for her despite her talent, wealth and star studded life Many reviewers, especially men, I note, have made much of the number of partners she has had but do not condemn Taylor for his having girlfriends and needing to visit a clap clinic despite his being a married man with children I think it s also important to factor in her childhood abuse that will have left her with confused boundaries and the fact both she and J.T lived were young and lived their youth in the sexually revolution begun by the introduction of the Pill in the 60s In addition to this both spent long times away from one another whilst touring and we re subject to sexually and drug temptation than most of us will ever know J.T has talked about his drug addiction, his drinking and episodes of mental illness which cannot have been easy to live with and Carly here documents her own struggles with depression and anxiety It s a brave and honest book and yes, she does seem to regard J.T as the love of her life, but he s the father of her children and the man she d hoped to spend her life with, and what s so wrong with that Great book and I d recommend anyone interested in Carly or J.T to read it I just hope there s another volume to follow.


  2. says:

    Carly Simon was one of the icons of the 70s No Secrets and, especially, You re So Vain establishing her as a superstar She grew up in an atmosphere of wealth and privilege her dad half owned the Simon and, yes, she did cop off with Mick Jagger around the time of You re So Vain although it wasn t about him Entertaining though it is to read about the bedhopping not much drugs, though that was James s thing , for me personally, it s sad to appreciate that, because of her relatively remote relationship with her dad and the low self esteem from her position in the family, she spent much of her life seeking to please and appease men rather then looking out for herself She is in a better place now, to be able to write with such frankness.A very good read, lots of insight into the 60s and 70s scene, although it does grate a bit towards the end where she over rationalises putting up with JT s fuckwittery.


  3. says:

    Carly Simon, daughter of publishing giant Richard Simon, had a surprisingly complicated childhood with a distant father who clearly favoured her siblings and an adulterous mother with a scandalously young lover This engaging memoir charts her life from childhood to her 30s, when her stellar singing songwriting career was on a rocketing trajectory but her troubled marriage to James Taylor had reached its sad conclusion Packed with gossip and juicy insights into a catalogue of music luminaries, the book reveals a woman who struggled with emotional baggage from her privileged but rather unhappy childhood and, in spite of a reluctance to perform, crafted a life in the spotlight as one of the biggest singing stars of the 1970s Carly Simon is not just a spoiled little rich girl who got lucky she s wrestled with big demons and writes with forthright honesty about the sadness of her childhood, her difficult relationships with men, her drug addicted husband and her fascinating path to stardom.


  4. says:

    I ve just finished this and was hugely impressed with Carly s writing It spans her life until the time she and James Taylor break up It paints vivid pictures of her life and environment on one hand her childhood was the stuff of privilege and delight, on the other, a seed bed of anxiety, sadness and challenge Her mother s relationship with a younger man and its effect on the family was shocking and tragic in its consequences It made me smile to read the names of famous musicians and celebrities scattered among her prose what a time to be a musician I felt her deep sadness at the breakup with James Taylor I did wonder how much she s recovered from it, as I felt her writing had a haunting emotional quality to it This is a very honest memoir that s beautifully written and is well worth a read.