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.
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.
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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.
BOY IN THE TREES REVIEW...
Although I have followed you and James for many years, I feel this memoir was a true acknowledgement of your true love for James .
I am sure there are fans better then myself, but feel I am right up there.
Meeting James in person in Fort Myers, (winter hang out), stopping into your store at Vinyard Haven that you and your friend, own and purchasing your Children's book for me nieces kid. This trip was made by myself and my Boston Terrier, Flyod, in 2016.
I rode the shuttle bus around the island, and met your drummers son. How cool was that?
My wife laughed how I spent this weekend, while she was have a
three week vacations with her friends in Fort Myers.
Heading back on the ferry to Harwich port, I think I based you getting off the ferry. That would have been neat to say hi.hope you get this review, I truly loved Boys in the Trees.
Fan for ever: Jim Tanner🌹
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.