I first heard of James Taylor at summer camp, probably in 1987 or 1988. The counselors played us the song "Fire and Rain" and told the story behind the song -- James Taylor's friends surprised him by buying a plane ticket for his girlfriend and the plane ended up crashing. I've never investigated to see if that story is true, but it stuck with me, and I liked the song.
My introduction to Carly Simon was the song "Mockingbird," which was on one of the many movie soundtracks I used to buy. Can't for the life of me remember which one.
Anyway, I went through a Carly Simon/James Taylor phase in the late 90s. By that I mean that I listened to both of their greatest hits CDs and sang along to both with great pleasure and enthusiasm (but not great talent).
When I saw that Simon's memoir, Boys in Trees, was being offered on an ebook sale a month or so ago, I bought it. I struggle to review memoirs because I don't want it to seem as if I am rating someone's life or personality. I'll just say that I'm glad I read it. I had no idea that Simon's father was a founder of the publishing house Simon and Schuster. I knew that Simon and James Taylor had a love story together, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't even realize they were married. Simon's childhood and young womanhood weren't easy and some parts are uncomfortable to read about. I'd like to know more about her friend/collaborator Jake. He sounded creepy but she didn't explore that as much as I'd have liked. She writes with a refreshing honesty (not that I can verify, but she seems to be putting it all out there). I was impressed by how she wrote about James Taylor with a lot of love and respect. The benefit of time and perspective, I suppose. If you're a fan of either, you'd enjoy the book. I'm a casual fan, and I did.
One reason I love ebook deals is that they push me to read books that I wouldn't otherwise. I had heard about Boys in Trees but don't think I would have checked it out of the library or bought my own full-price copy. I don't recommend others bite on as many ebook deals as I do, but treat yourself here and there so you have options to fit all kinds of moods when you're ready to read.
P.S. -- For those of you keeping track of my NaBloPoMo daily posting (which is no one) ... I forgot to post yesterday. I'll try to post twice today to fulfill the challenge on my terms.