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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,086 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Weller Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 viewpoints of many dozens of these women’s intimates, who are speaking out 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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  • “Both scholarly and dishy. A superb journalist, Weller has managed to uncover a trove of unreported facts on her subjects.”

    People (4 stars and Pick of the Week)

  • “Incisive, painstakingly researched…Any woman who grew up during the late 1960s and ‘70s will fall head over heels for Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us."

    Ladies Home Journal

  • “Let’s get one thing clear right from the start — this is a fabulous book…Girls like Us unfolds with drama and panoramic detail. Written with a keen journalistic and, more importantly, female eye, [it] works as a healthy, long overdue counterweight to the endlessly repeated, male-sided version of rock ‘n roll. Before these women broke the cultural sod during the rock ‘n roll years, there were no girls like us. Now there are millions.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Captivating …Girls Like Us is a strong amalgam of nostalgia, feminist history, astute insight, beautiful music, and irresistible gossip about the common factors in the three women’s lives.”

    New York Times

  • “A page-turner of the first order….a must read.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This trio helped define the ‘60s and ‘70s for millions of music fans. Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us is more than a baby-boomer nostalgia feast. By interweaving segments of each singer’s life, the biographer conveys a visceral sense of not only them but also their tumultuous generation. A colorful tapestry of feminists who shaped our lives.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “I was sure I knew just about everything there was to know about Carole, Joni, and Carly…. Sheila Weller, showed me exactly how much I didn’t know. This absorbing, well-reported book chronicles a time when women in all walks of life were exercising new-found freedom. And as icons of that era, nobody did it better.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • A People Pick of the Week

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen | 2/17/2014

    " My goodness, I loved this book. Joni Mitchell is like my favorite person ever, besides Shakespeare, and I do like Carly Simon. Carole King was unknown to me, though, so this was cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tallsharon | 2/5/2014

    " This book took me back to my late teens and early 20s, with info about some of my favorites singers, and their lives (and loves). I've recommended it to everyone, especially those who grew up in the 60s and 70s.....or that are fans of these ladies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaelie | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent and excruciatingly detailed look at the talented women of the baby boom generation. It was quite an eye-opener to learn how painful and difficult it was to be a female musician trying to make it in the male-oriented music business during these times -- which really were not that long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kim Lacey | 2/4/2014

    " Such a great book! Unlike some bios where the author seems just to spew facts, Weller really told a story about how these three women set the tone (soundtrack?) for feminist movements. I loved reading about how Joni, Carly, and Carole's lives were all intertwined--at times more closely than they even realized. Some of the other reviewers have commented on Weller's writing style. It is a bit clunky, but once you get used to her rhythm, it's a non-issue. HIGHLY recommended! "

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