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Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller

girlslikeusPublication date: April 2008

Non-fiction (Biography/music history)

584 pgs.

I am not part of the demographic this book was aimed at–Boomer women who came of age in the 60’s and 70’s–but nonetheless I was enchanted by this book. And as Mother’s Day approaches, when people ask me for book recommendations for their moms, my go-to book has frequently been this gem published last year. A triple biography of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, Girls Like Us perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the 60’s and 70’s young woman. I finished it and immediately wanted to recommend it to my mother, stepmother, and mother-in-law (I did, to all three).

I have a special place in my heart for each of these three artists, especially Carly Simon, because it brings back memories of my mother listening to her when I was little, and Joni Mitchell, because there were years when her album Blue barely left my CD player.

At times the book feels like a history of American music (the oldest of the three, King, of course, was part of the famed Brill Building group of songwriters and left her stamp on much of what we consider American classics today); at times, a feminist manifesto (despite what Rolling Stone magazine and other so-called authorities of music might imply, there ARE women–many women–who made momentous contributions to the musical landscape of the last 50 years); and at times, a juicy, revealing biography–times three. All of this equals great beach read, coffeeshop read, plane read, and Mother’s Day present.

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May 9, 2009 at 2:36 am 2 comments


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