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

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Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Together they changed a decade and altered the lives of a generation. Carole King is the product of New York City's lower-middle-class; Joni Mitchell is a grand-daughter of farmers; and, Carly Simon is a child of the Manhattan intellectual upper-crust. They collectively represent, in their lives and their songs, every girl who came of age in the late 1960s, when - to paraphrase one of their songs - the earth moved. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic era known a 'the Sixties'."Girls Like Us" is an epic treatment of these three exceptional women who dared to break tradition and become what few had been before them - confessors in song, rock superstars, adventurers of heart and soul. Yet it is also an evocative and utterly engrossing portrait of this explosive period; a time of ferment and discord, of upheaval and radically changing values. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author, Sheila Weller presents a full and balanced portrayal of each woman, enriched by vivid anecdotes told by dozens of their intimates, many speaking for the first time. Meticulously researched and superbly written, "Girls Like Us" is as much a portrait of a political and social scene as it is a compelling biography of three much-loved musicians.

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An unfailingly entertaining read...and a riveting story
-- Mojo Magazine, May 2008

'Eminently readable...a racy read..about the boyfriends, break-ups and breakdowns of its subjects' -- Sean O'Hagan, Observer Books, 13th April 2008

'Let's get one thing clear right from the start - this is a fabulous book...Girls Like Us unfold with drama and panoramic detail'
-- Caitlin Moran, The Sunday Times

'The book charts this trio's rocky marriages, their struggles with success and, perhaps most poignantly, their fading with age.' -- Sheryl Garratt, Mail on Sunday, 13th April 2008

'Weller has picked her subjects because of their different demographic appeal, the better to tell her social history...[she]has done them - and girls like us- proud' -- Saturday Telegraph, 19th April 2008

'Weller skilfully weaves together the disparate lives of these three, very different women into a colourful portrait.' -- Metro Life, 23rd April 2008

A new book, Girls Like Us, tells the fascinating story of how three great female songwriters of the same generation, Carly Simon, Carole King and Joni Mitchell...reflected the changes to women's lives in their very different, personal yet universal songs. Where were our girls?'
-- Terence Blacker, The Independent 23rd May 08 The Independent 23rd May 08 The Independent 23rd May 08 The Independent 23rd May 08 The Independent 23rd May 08 Terence Blacker, The Independent, 23rd May 2008

This is a fabulous book...Girls Like Us unfolds with drama and panoramic detail.

-- Caitlin Moran, The Times, Saturday 3rd May 2008

`Eminently readable'
-- The Observer

`the book charts this trio's rocky marriages, their struggles with success and , perhaps most poignantly, their fading with age.' -- Mail on Sunday

About the Author:

Sheila Weller is a bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of seven books, two of them New York Times bestsellers. Senior contributing editor at Glamour, contributor to Vanity Fair, and former contributing editor of New York, Sheila Weller is a six-time winner of the Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page award. She lives in New York City. www.girlslikeusthebook.com

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