BOOK REVIEW: "Boys in the Trees: A memoir" by Carly Simon | Red Dirt ReportBoys in the Trees was published on November 24, by Flatiron Books. Reviewing Boys in the Trees , Fiona Sturges describes the book as "primarily about [Simon's] family, her interior life and her stormy relationships with men, and her candour is frequently startling. She documents a line of failed boyfriends and an eventual marriage to musician James Taylor. Although she was happy to be "Mrs. James Taylor" and they had two children together, the marriage ultimately dissolved. The book received predominantly favorable reviews, with some exceptions. In The Guardian , Jude Rogers wrote "Complex, quick-witted and stack-full of raw talent: this isn't how people like to see Carly Simon.
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BOOK REVIEW: "Boys in the Trees: A memoir" by Carly Simon
James Taylor. In her bohemian days — that is, when she wore bohemian clothes — it may even have hurt her professionally. She writes of a pummeling childhood, a history of serial betrayals by boyfriends, and a mostly bleak marriage to James Taylor, with whom she is apparently not in communication. On the evidence of Ms. And Ms. Simon has a tumultuous story to tell. About that childhood: She describes herself as the least dainty and favored of three sisters and a baby brother, the offspring of a troubled marriage.
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Music memoirs can be a tricky business. Songwriters adept at distilling thoughts into three-minute pop songs can suddenly lose their succinctness; paragraphs can be spent on a significant middle eight and whole chapters on a single song. Not Carly Simon. While she may pause over the odd flash of lyrical inspiration, this hugely affecting memoir keeps the musical reflections to a bare minimum. Boys in the Trees is primarily about her family, her interior life and her stormy relationships with men, and her candour is frequently startling.
It was my favorite song on the same titled album, which was released in For me, it was fitting that her memoir, published in , also had that title. I wanted to read Boys In the Trees: A memoir solely to give context to her inspired music, and it did. Underneath the music, however, her family was not as glamorous or sing-song as they might suggest. Simon spent her childhood at odds with her family. From the shape of her nose to her stutter, Simon saw herself as the black sheep. She spends the first half of her life competing with her two sisters for attention and the second half feeling guilty when she won it through her successful music career.
N o need for a review, folks: it was Warren Beatty. This is what the book actually says. A line coming from her and her alone. These boys in the trees, and many more, follow her, dog her and haunt her. Her process of shaking them free forms the foundations of this brilliant memoir.