OK, I'm cautiously optimistic about Carly Simon's long-awaited memoir, "Boys in the Trees." What should be the no-brainer book of the year for me could go one of two ways: It could be a sanitized bore about her children and love of Martha's Vineyard. Or it could be a juicy tell-all about her parents' (open? loveless? sexless?) marriage (Dad is Simon of Simon & Schuster, of course) , her explosive marriage and divorce to a drug-addicted (and unfaithful) James Taylor and her decades-long friendship with Jacqueline Onassis (the two used to meet up in bathroom stalls at movie theater before the show!). I'm pretty sure Simon returned an advance a decade or two ago when an early revealing draft upset her singing sisters. I guess we'll know soon enough -- the description is VERY promising -- although the anticipation is making me late.
Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movie "Working Girl." The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.