Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--And the Journey of a Generation

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 8, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation

User Review  - Valaree - Goodreads

Carole -- Joni -- Carly.....icons in the music world. I adore their music! Many fond high school & college memories in the 60s & 70s are attached to each & every song. But the book...sigh...was ... Read full review

Review: Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - and the Journey of a Generation

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Chock full of interesting facts (and perhaps some innuendo). This really took me back to my high school and college days and how I felt listening to the music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York. To learn more, visit www.girlslikeusthebook.com.

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