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Boys in the Trees ❰PDF❯ ✎ Boys in the Trees Author Carly Simon – The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the YearIntelligent and captivating Don't miss it People MagazineOne of the best celebrity memoirs of the year The Hollywood The Instant New York Times Bestseller A People Magazine Top Ten Book of the YearIntelligent and captivating Don't miss it People MagazineOne of the best celebrity memoirs of the year The Hollywood ReporterRock Star Composer Boys in PDF/EPUB or and Lyricist Feminist Icon SurvivorSimon'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 top hits including the 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 GirlThe 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.

10 thoughts on “Boys in the Trees

  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    When I heard that Carly Simon had written a memoir I waited with “Anticipation” until my copy came in at the library The Hollywood Reporter called this book one of the best memoirs of the year and People Magazine named this book one of the Top 10 books of 2015 in any category so I expected it would be an engaging read – after all “That’s the Way I I’ve Always Heard it Should Be” Unfortunately this book didn’t uite live up to expectationsSimon begins and proceeds for far too many chapters describing her childhood and teens as the youngest daughter of Simon Shuster co founder Richard Simon Way too much time is spent on the mundane while uniue and interesting stories ie Jackie Robinson teaching her to bat left handed; Benny Goodman coming to dinner are covered with passing phrases These chapters jump back and forth in time and I couldn’t keep track of the chronology of eventsHer story came most alive for me when she began writing about her first real foray into songwriting and performing as a solo artist This last 60% of the book is so much better than the beginning I loved reading about the inspiration behind her songs The short chapter on Warren Beatty is pure gold Simon holds nothing back in this memoir She candidly shares her struggles with depression anxiety stage fright as well as the deep feelings of her heart The chapters describing her life with James Taylor are laced with sadness now that we know how it all ends up It’s clear that she has and forever will love him deeply they first met as children – I didn’t know that until reading this book If you’re a Carly fan but you “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain” skip the first 40% or so of the book and pick up right when she’s starting her singing career35 stars

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    35 I started listening to this then stopped started again and stopped again This time I was determined to start at the beginning and keep on keeping on It worked I vividly remember thinking when I first heard her song You're so vain that it fit many of the young men who thought they were God's gifts to women She narrates her own story and I enjoyed her husky voice The reason I kept putting it aside is that the beginning her younger years seemed to go on and on I've now decided to listen to some of the audio books I have bought and left languishing in my audio account exactly where this was patiently waitingI give her credit for her honesty she recounts many of her encounters sexual or not of many of the rich and famous iincluding Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty Her life has certainly not been boring nor easy Her music career didn't get off the ground right away but had several starts and stops like me with this audio Still where has the time gone these icons of my youth Carly now in her seventies Well time definitely does not stop and I ended up appreciating her story and enjoyed her singing in parts

  3. ❀Julie ❀Julie says:

    I listened to the audiobook and was completely entranced by Carly Simon’s voice—no surprise—but even amazed at her gifted storytelling skills She holds nothing back in her beautiful and poignant memoir of her childhood through the early 80’s It was pieced together based on her personal diaries with seemingly amazing accuracy Her stories are told from the heart revealing intimate details and giving new meaning to her songs I was especially fascinated by her childhood home and family life stories her musical influences her dad’s career all of her relationships and so many I loved the story of the discovery of how music would “rescue” her from her challenges and despite these how her musical career took off I also enjoyed her amusing anecdotes of some of the famous men she encountered in her life Sean Connery Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger to name a few but also the infamous Warren Beatty a juicy story that was well worth the anticipation And speaking of what a great story behind that song The whole demise of her marriage to James Taylor was just sad She clearly has a beautiful soul and it’s obvious she still holds him dearly in her heart I admire her for writing such an honest memoir with what must have taken a lot of courage It made me sad when it ended but it hit all the right notesAt times I had to turn up the volume to hear Carly’s voice over the music but I loved how the music complemented the different tones of the stories

  4. Al Al says:

    If you were a child of the Seventies the music of Carly Simon was part of the soundtrack of your life And since she wrote or co wrote most of her own music her albums were barometers of her happiness or sadness her ups and downs from adolescent struggles to adult loves Fans read probably too much into the lyrics of her songs and those of her then husband James Taylor So from a fan’s perspective Simon’s new memoir “Boys in the Trees” is the perfect complement to her songs with an intimate narrative and revealing backgrounds on the genesis of various songs For example here’s the response to her first publicly singing “We’ll Marry” the song that would later be named “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” “When the song ended the room was utterly still then my small audience applauded rapturouslythe applause that Jake co writer Jacob Brackman and I got lasted years It was the beginning of a beat to a bigger life” The book is full of remarkably rich anecdotes of her working with Bob Dylan Mick Jagger The Band Harry Nilsson Richard Perry etc as well as meeting famous non music industry stars—Jackie Robinson Sean Connery Warren Beatty Woody Allen etc The publicity for the book may have centered on the famous men Simon loved but that misses out on the central theme of the book—that she has had a remarkable career while dealing with stuttering anxiety and self doubt all her life The confident image Simon projected through songs and publicity was far different from the woman struggling to raise two small children while her famous husband fought addiction That she and her children not only survived but overcame the weight of sorrow that addiction drags on the addict’s family believe me I know is a testament to their strength and resilience If coming into this book you assumed that James Taylor would be excoriated by his ex wife you’d be surprised at how loving she remains of her cold and distant former partner “How can you not love a person whose genes are in the two people your children you love most in the world?” I don’t know if Carly Simon plans to write about the rest of her life in a seuel but if she does I hope it won’t take another four years In the meantime enjoy this feast for fans of her music Highly recommended

  5. Cathrine ☯️ Cathrine ☯️ says:

    35★Carly Simon is 70 years old now hard to believe and she’s got some stories to tellBased on a friends suggestion I tried the audio version which Carly narrates Her voice and cadence is perfect for unveiling her personal tales after all nobody does it better than the author herself There are also layers of music in the background over particular sections This was a really nice touch though in some parts it was a bit too loud and competed with her soft spoken voice I downloaded the audiobook from Overdrive and the sound uality was lacking Worth a mention if you love audiobooks and have a desire to set the play speed faster as I tried to do in the first half it doesn’t work well with music in the background As you might expect from a musiciansongwriter the descriptive prose was lyrical and uite beautiful in sections I do not know if Carly is wholly responsible for this or if she had help but it was well done She is a celebrity's daughter a celebrity's ex wife and a celebrity in her own right so there is a lot of name dropping throughout the pages I enjoyed the second half much As promised from another friend the chapter with Warren Beatty was just too good; I laughed out loud on my walk Later it was very poignant listening to her lovely phrasing as she talked about the decline of her marriage to James Taylor her depression and anxiety the love for their children I’m certain that a lot of her anecdotes and recollections would not have been as enjoyable reading a hard copy Carly begins with her earliest childhood and takes us through the end of her times with James the first What is not covered here is what came after; the twenty year marriage to James the second and its end after he came out as a gay man I understand he wrote a memoir of his own but I’m happy for the story to end here

  6. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I picked up this book because I enjoyed James Taylor's music back in the 60s and 70s Carly Simon was married to James Taylor from 1972 to 1983 I also enjoyed Carly's singing The one I remember best is of course You're So Vain I thought this would be a trip down memory lane It was that a bit but it is much of a look at Carly's own personal experiences her stuttering her parents' difficult marriage the early death of her father who was the co founder of the publishing house Simon and Schuster and how she established herself in the music industry It is also about her marriage to James Taylor The last half of the book centers on their marriage You only get her thoughts It is a very personal book It is certainly not in any way a biography of James Taylor The book ends with the end of their marriage that is to say it covers half of her life She married a second time Nothing of that is here I found her childhood years the most interesting the first half of the book being better than the second I didn't understand that the main focus would be her personal philosophical musings on love and happiness or her battle to overcome stuttering depression and her feelings of inadeuacy There is information about how her songs came to be; how what happened in her life became this song or that There are tidbits about many of the singers of those times; she was in the thick of it all Names are dropped right and left Why? Because she associated with them Drugs and infidelity and love For me much read as gossip tidbits Always you have to keep in mind that this is what she thought Parts were tedious; I would have preferred better editing There is background music played throughout the entire audiobook This was used to create an atmosphere rather than provide information By the end I was terribly sick of it The same snippets were used over and over often as schmaltzy background music to a love scene IF music is to be used throughout I certainly don't want it played while I am listening to the text Instead I would have preferred that after a song is discussed that song could then have been played in its entirety or at least a large portion of it The book was OK but nothing special I did enjoy the narration by the author I love her husky voice This is uite an accomplishment for a woman who still today battles her stuttering Do you want some of my thoughts on this while I read? I have listened to about half I don't consider any of the information below to be a spoiler Music is such a strong force in the lives of Carly Simon and her family Music is played throughout the entire audiobook This is not really surprising if you take into account who she is Through singing she found a means to fight her stuttering Who would have guessed What you hear are not her songs Instead music is used as a means to create an atmosphere for the spoken words It is a bit too loud sometimes but it is an interesting approach and gives a special effect It can get sentimental Schmaltzy Romantic Music can do that to you At the beginning the music is too loud This is a shame bc it is at the beginning you have to hear exactly who is who in the large family This becomes less of a problem later I am a bit neurotic about such Then there is the content It is sort of a road down memory lane but is also about her personal family and psychological problems I personally would never consider it worthwhile to write a book about ME I think there is a bit of a trend nowadays for anybodyeverybody to write their own memoirs as if everybody has something important to say Outstanding people's memoirs I do like and this is kind of fun but is there really a need for this book? I think it is for her than for us So far there is very little about James Taylor which is one of the reasons I picked up the book You must know he was her first husband There is a lot about the string of all her boyfriendsCarly is now in her mid 20s and is just beginning to make a name for herself without her older sister Lucy There is a lot of name dropping She knows just about everybody so now the book is not just about her personal battles but and about the music scene of the era The earlier sections may appeal to teenagers lots about falling in love and what it feels like to fall in love Remember I said it got schmaltzy? It is all very personal She holds back nothingwell not about herself You may think she is very different from an ordinary teenager but she worries about the same things we all did getting fat losing a boyfriend and what to do with her life Parts are uite funny It is amazing that given her stutter she is able to narrate the audiobook For this she has every right to be proud Her narration is lovely I enjoy her husky voice

  7. Ali-Jae Ali-Jae says:

    Perhaps you needed to be a bigger fan or most so motivated by who slept with whom celebrity folklore to better appreciate this work For me this was a 400 page People magazine lacking the skill or prose that would otherwise hold a reader's interest who isn't rubbernecking for gossip

  8. ☮Karen ☮Karen says:

    A nod of gratitude to my GR friend Jennifer who in her great review said to skip I skimmed the first 40% to get right to the good stuff   Rightly so as I wasn't the least bit interested in Simon's mommy and daddy episodes but greatly interested in the evolution of her music and  I am feeling very sappy her love life  I knew about Warren Beatty and Mick Jagger but Jack Nicholson Cat Stephens and Kris Kristofferson?  Good stuff I think by doing the audio book I missed out on some  of her shared photos but from what I saw online oh well  Because of the audio I was privileged  to hear her voice her beautiful voice singing her songs and explaining the back stories to the words of That's  the Way I've  Always Heard it Should Be You're So Vain and Anticipation  Fascinating  Her  voice today is missing some of its original clarity or purity but some of the original recordings were played too I am sure; so yeah riveting and beautiful  Loved it  Not only her voice but I greatly appreciate that she's a bit of a wordsmith I mean she did bring gavotte to light and I looked forward to such word choices I felt I had to give it 5 stars just for its entertainment value So please take my suggestion and get the audiobook and be sure to listen all the way past the Epilogue through the Credits to the end as it ends with another song  Played at 14x speed at first and then 12x which worked well as she otherwise talks rather slowly

  9. Lynn Lynn says:

    I am a big fan of musician memoirs but not of this book The writing is self conscious self aggrandizing and overworked At times I thought I was reading poetry not prose song writer occupational hazard perhaps The book is also guilty of gratuitous name dropping and cringe worthy details of her sexual exploitsThe second half of the book improves as she chronicles her rise to fame and her storied relationship with James Taylor Her love for him their children and the joys of song writing are vividly and sweetly portrayed I listened to the audio book narrated by Carly herself It was a nightmare as chapter transitions were peppered with music and she occasionally broke into song Interesting idea terrible results

  10. Gary Gary says:

    Yes I have always been a fanand if you are a fan of also James Tayloryesread this If you love music pop culture literature and enjoy reading about life in NYC in the 60s and 70s this book would certainly trip your trigger Carly's writing style is free and easy kinda like her songsand I learned things about her that I did not knowI remember my brother once told me that he hated her musicand yet if a song was on the radio that he knew all the words because I played the piss outta my Carly Simon recordsha ha ha That made my dayI also found out that she has stammering issuesand trouble with her speechand that music helped her That she still does it when she's tiredor had a couple glasses of wineand I too had the same struggles growing upand the same issues now when I am tired or had a bit of something to drink The embarrassment was incredible for her as it is for me That warmed my heart because it felt like she and I had bond in that particular area that nobody else would understand Even at the age I am I experience people making funand bullying me over this particular issueand it's happened even in public places I totally understand her situation because I live it You are afraid to speak a word or have trouble saying it without saying it outloud over and over to try to get it right hoping it won't embarrass youand then you hear the wrong sounds out of your mouth anywayso I guess I am a bit bias in this particular category of the story of her life I found myself totally absorbed into her storyand totally enad with her even I am even a bigger fan now after reading her book I plan to listen to some of her musicand also James's in the next few days I think that is the biggest indicator of how much I enjoy this book

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