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A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha’s Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship.
Carly Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made an unlikely pair—Carly, a free and artistic spirit still reeling from her recent divorce, searching for meaning, new love, and an anchor; and Jackie, one of the most celebrated, meticulous, unknowable women in American history.
Nonetheless, over the next decade their lives merged in inextricable and complex ways, and they forged a connection deeper than either could ever have foreseen. The time they spent together—lingering lunches and creative collaborations, nights out on the town and movie dates—brought a welcome lightness and comfort to their days, but their conversations often veered into more profound territory as they helped each other navigate the shifting waters of life lived, publicly, in the wake of great love and great loss.
An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, Carly Simon’s Touched by the Sun is a chronicle, in loving detail, of the late friendship she and Jackie shared. It is a meditation on the ways someone can unexpectedly enter our lives and change its course, as well as a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.
"In Touched by the Sun, Simon reveals an easy-going, playful side of [Jackie] that most people never saw — sneaking a smoke during intermission at the opera, frolicking in the ocean off the Vineyard . . . The woman who would later edit several of Simon’s children’s books was 'just fun to be around.'" —Juliet Pennington, The Boston Globe
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ Camelot-esque glamour and impeccable fashion sense cemented her status as American royalty; Carly Simon’s forthright songwriting and warm voice made her a reigning queen of 20th-century pop. In Touched by the Sun, Simon recalls her friendship with Onassis, which encompassed the personal and professional realms, and was defined by honesty, humor, and no-holds-barred dishing about high-society dating until Onassis passed away in 1994. Fans of Simon’s music or Onassis’ style—or anyone interested in what romance among the elite looked like back in the day—will devour this witty, inviting memoir.
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Touched by the Sun
As someone who adores both Carly and Jackie, I wanted so badly to love this book. Unfortunately it felt flighty and like a hot mess. It seemed to be more about Carly then anything, which I would have read regardless.