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Publisher Description

A groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America’s most important musical artists—Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon—charts their lives as women at a magical moment in time.

Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct. Carole King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Joni Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, a great swath of American girls who came of age in the late 1960s. Their stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation—female version—but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation has never been written—until now, through their resonant lives and emblematic songs.

Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, who are speaking in these pages for the first time, this alternating biography reads like a novel—except it’s all true, and the heroines are famous and beloved. Sheila Weller captures the character of each woman and gives a balanced portrayal enriched by a wealth of new information.

Girls Like Us is an epic treatment of midcentury women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them—confessors in song, rock superstars, and adventurers of heart and soul.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 8
Atria Books

Customer Reviews

Grace full ,

Healing/made me whole

Wonderfully intimate portraits of these women who not only provided the soundtrack of my teenage years, but also influenced my life profoundly. This book is full of astonishing stories which filled in blanks I didn't know I had. It also gives me an eye opening picture of that era in history, much of which I'd been oblivious to or, I now realize, from which our parents protected us, allowing us childhood free from some of the fears regarding what was happening in the wider world. PS the book catalyzed me to read Memoirs by Carole King & Carly Simon, helping to fill in, round out much of my past I hadn't realized was piecemeal & fragmented before. Much gratitude!

marmi7 ,

Excellent Book

I scarfed this very fascinating triple bio. SO disapointed that no pics were included in this iBook version. WHY?!?!

MonLuis ,

Loved it

I couldn't put this book down. Geinously weaves the biographies of four of my favorite singer songwriters. (James Taylor is in so many of the chapters I had to count him as well.)

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