Boys in the Trees

Boys in the Trees

by Carly Simon
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Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon

The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year!

"Intelligent and captivating. Don't miss it." - People Magazine

"One of the best celebrity memoirs of the year." -The Hollywood Reporter

Rock Star. Composer and Lyricist. Feminist Icon. Survivor.

Simon's memoir 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250095893
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 308,470
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Carly Simon lives on Martha's Vineyard.

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Boys In The Trees 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Leesse More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!!!!! Very candid! Loved the book almost as much as I love her music!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good! A very candid, honest story about the life of a non-pretentious, romantic, talented musician. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. I had a hard time putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carly is simply fascinating . I will never be able to listen to her music the same way as before.
SailR More than 1 year ago
I found this a very high quality read: it's intensely personal, incredibly honest, at times painfully so; not falsely self-effacing and not a "tell-all"--as I thought it could have been, but not sparing either. This also isn't a case of "...written with...." authoring: Carly Simon actually wrote her memoir--by herself! (how refreshing!). The chapters about her childhood are deeply revealing---no wash over. As I read through her transitions from the ugly-duckling of the (quite remarkable) family into the iconic swan she has remained for some 45 years, I felt like I was in the same room with her. So many places her style of writing is totally engrossing and unique. I loved reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best memoir in years! Well written, interesting life and story. A very talented lady indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most fascinating celebrity autobiographies I have ever read. I always loved Carly for her singer/songwriter abilities. Now I love her for the normal, vulnerable Carly she shares so touchingly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a much better singer and songwriter than author. Not much written about her music...darn.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
NOTE: This review is based on the audio edition of Ms. Simon’s book, read by the author. Dear Ms. Simon – I have been a fan since your self-titled debut album in 1971. Your poetic expressions, your unique chord progressions, and a voice that can allure & admonish & purr & growl – you came into my life, figuratively speaking, in my teen years and grew musically as I grew physically and emotionally. Eventually, our lives gradually grew apart, as lives often do, but the memories – augmented with the occasional new musical encounter – remain. In that sense, I absolutely LOVED your memoir, and wonder why it took you so long to finally write and release it. You addressed your relationship with your father in songs like “That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be” (which I knew was co-written with your frequent collaborator Jacob Brackman, but did NOT know had your music and his words based on your life until your memoirs!) & “Embrace Me, You Child”. You flushed that out in detail in your memoirs. You sang of your relationship with James Taylor in such diverse songs as “The Right Thing to Do” and “In Times When My Head”, and you described the beginning, the zenith, and the downfall in your memoirs. Then, you describe your relationship with family – especially your sisters and your Uncle Peter – with Sean Connery (of all people!), with various boyfriends and lovers. And you describe that infamous night in Pittsburgh (your fans know exactly what night I’m talking about) in great detail. Unfortunately, your memoirs greatest strengths are also its biggest weaknesses. You tell most of your story through vignettes. This results in us getting a series of quite engaging stories and reflections, but little detail of other instances in your life. We learn a little about your thoughts regarding a few songs – and their production – but little to nothing about any of the others. And, worst of all, your life post-James is virtually nonexistent in this book! Are you planning a sequel to let us know about albums like “Another Passenger” (my personal favorite, as it is for many reviewers), your comeback in the ironically titled “Coming Around Again”, and your Oscar winning “Let the River Run”? And what about the children’s books that you’ve authored? Mind you, I AM glad you didn’t go the 21-disk approach that Keith Richards used in “Life” – very interesting but WAY too long for a comfortable read. Still, you had too many omissions for my preference. And the name-dropping … I am impressed that you know so many famous and talented people, but I still know absolutely nothing about your relationship with them after finishing your book. I must say that I was very impressed by your use of background music throughout the 11 disks of this audio book. You credit Ken Burns (THE Ken Burns, I assume?) for the concept; if so, I suppose I owe the guy a drink. And, as a related aside, you DO realize that you and James blessed the world with a couple of musical talents in Sally & Ben, right? Nice job. (And, like at the movies, those who stay with you until after the credits are over will be treated with a bonus. I love how you used Walt Whitman’s poem as the basis for a new song, and you performed it with your usual excellence.) Overall – I’ve never both so loved and been so disappointed by a book before, and I read a lot of books. PLEASE – fill in the gaps with a follow-up. RATING: Tough call - good minus omissions = 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unique audiobook with regard to the music woven behind the voice. All exceptionally marvelous. Thank you to Ken Burns, enhanced the listening experience; might be best audiobook I've listened to because of that addition. Wow.
roger vance More than 1 year ago
Brilliantly written with sensitivity, insight and honest self-awareness. Not just a great songstress, this girl can write. Couldn't put it down without regret.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow getting into this book and wish i didnt read read it, although may have been alot of truth about james taylor, it changed my vuews on bith of them and hope i can listen to their music the same way. I guess some times things are better left to the imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a Life! Enjoyed reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written, page turner! seriously fun read with lots of great surprises with a legend of the 70's music but an amazing amount of accomplishments way beyond that!
JodiJoJJ More than 1 year ago
Disappointing and depressing. Wish she had a happier life to read about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a better song writer than book author. It was a choppy read and not that engaging or insightful to her as an artist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey.
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Interesting