Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—And the Journey of a Generation
By Sheila Weller
592 pages. Atria.
Carole King, the earthy, optimistic girl next door; Joni Mitchell, the melancholy small-town bohemian with a voice "like a jazz instrument"; Carly Simon, the uninhibited urban romantic, "sexy and uptown hip": Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us (Atria) reveals how these three astonishingly talented women who came of age in the 1960s reinvented themselves over the next decade—artistically, socially, sexually, politically—and gave voice to a generation ravenous for change.