SignOnSanDiego.com has an article about the San Diego Jewish Book Fair taking place through November 23. Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon – and the Journey of a Generation, will attend to speakat the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, California, this Thursday, November 6, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $17.
Weller said she was drawn to the trio because she loves their songs,but also because that music evolved at a time of rapid social change and spoke for an entire generation of women. “I knew we got lucky that we were born at a certain time, a time there were so many changes to be made and we were able to make them,” said Weller, who speaks on Thursday. For this reason, perhaps, the book has resonated with a boomer audience.
Along the way, Weller discovered how different her subjects were from the public’s image of them. Carole King? “People think of her as this sensible girl from Brooklyn. But she was married four times!” Weller said. “She was a huge risk taker.”
In public view, “Joni was this long-haired, delicate girl. But she’s one tough babe. She’s out there. A funny, aggressive workaholic.” As for Carly Simon: She is simply “a classic oversharer.”