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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: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176496
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Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Each woman is distinct: King is the product of outer-borough, middle-class New York City; Mitchell is a granddaughter of Canadian farmers; and 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 generation known as "the sixties"—the female version—but in a bracingly specific and deeply recalled way, far from cliché. The history of the women of that generation had never been written—until now—and it is told through the resonant lives and emblematic songs of Mitchell, Simon, and King. Filled with the voices of many dozens of these women's intimates, 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • There were five books by my bedside when Girls Like Us arrived, but this was the book I had to keep reading. Sara Davidson, bestselling author of Leap!
  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting look at the 60s-70s music scene through the lives of three women and artists -- Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon. I was much more familiar with Joni Mitchell than the other two (or at least I thought I was -- I didn't realize how many iconic songs Carole King had written) and was interested in the whole Laurel Canyon era and scene. One of the things that again really struck home, especially after having read Just Kids, about another woman's artistic journey, is how incredibly difficult it was to be a woman and navigate the music business, or the world, in a time that really wasn't that long ago. Although the interweaving of each woman's life story with the others was a little difficult to get used to at first, I thought it had a greater resonance as the women moved into their adult careers, and often faced similar situations (or even the same men -- who knew James Taylor would be such a draw?) with different reactions. A couple of caveats: at times this falls into the "don't learn too much about your heroes" category, as especially Joni Mitchell does not always come off as admirably as one might have hoped; and while the book is extremely thorough and well-researched, the writing is often weak, and the author has a tendency toward purple prose, especially when "interpreting" song lyrics for us. Overall an engrossing and detailed portrait of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/29/2014

    " This book was basically made for me. If you're at all interested in the time period, or the music, or the women themselves, you'll probably enjoy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 1/23/2014

    " I really just wanted to read about joni... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Filled with facts and dates and timelines, so it takes some time to read. But very informative! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sqwalsh | 1/9/2014

    " way way way too long! i think perhaps the author was paid by the word? i listened to it on cd - all 19 discs - and wish they'd had a cliff notes version! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/13/2013

    " I admit I am a huge fan of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon, and I enjoyed reading about their personal and professional lives. But this book is more than that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi Matlock | 10/6/2013

    " lots of fun trivial facts ... I dunno... I liked it. Wasn't knocked out by it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Latitude 33 Bookshop | 9/14/2013

    " This biography of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon is so much more than the story of their lives and music. It also documents much of the stormy '60's and the feminist movement. If you came of age during that time or love these singers and their music, you will love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wyma | 8/30/2013

    " I returned it to the library unfinished. It's really good though, just more about the music scene than about the lives of the women. I kept skipping around to read about Carole King. It's a long book so maybe I'll try it again later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/28/2013

    " I'm excited to read about the women who shaped my youth with their extraordinary music. Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell and Carol King helped push back barriers for women, "one song at a time". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 7/23/2013

    " Interesting topic, but really could have been edited down to half its size. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/23/2012

    " This was such a fun book, I couldn't put it down. It's just the right mix of gossipy, analytic, informational. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 11/9/2011

    " Don't bother. No way could I finish this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Kaiser | 9/15/2011

    " I did not want this book to end. LOVED it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Antonich-hernandez | 7/28/2011

    " Autobiography that reads like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 7/7/2011

    " Christmas gift from the lovely Miss Rude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 5/20/2011

    " A great collection of heroes for every female musician. I especially enjoyed watching the common thread of romantic entanglement with James Taylor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 3/16/2011

    " Excellent....fascinating. Love Carole King....first half is more fun than last half. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 2/13/2011

    " I haven't even finished this book. Unless you are just Totally engrossed in the era of Joni Mitchel Carole Kind and Carly Simon (Whom I was reading it for) It is just a total bore. Sorry every one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/10/2011

    " Fastinating story about music icons. Warning - you will want to download a lot of music while you read about the back stories to the songs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/10/2011

    " great. loved it. took a long time to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/30/2011

    " For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It brought me back to listening to some wonderful music I had long since put away.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 1/6/2011

    " I loved it! Any fan of the music of that era and juicily parenthetical prose would enjoy this. "

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About the Author

Sheila Weller is the author of the acclaimed memoir Dancing at Ciro’s and the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation, among other books. She is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The New York Times Book Review, and Glamour, and has written for many other magazines, winning numerous awards for her articles.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.