Sheila Weller’s Girls Like Us

Here I am living in the middle of a pine forest reading The New York Times Sunday Book Review and I realize the author is coming to speak at “my” local book store. Sheila Weller is speaking about Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation at Paulina Springs Books in May. Weller’s book explores how these three musicians set aside expectations of what women should do and blazed new paths. She writes that when King was a young mother she wrote the hit Will You Love Me Tomorrow with her husband which was about a shocking subject.

“In 1956 girls weren’t agents of their sexuality, much less gamblers with it.”

How lucky to be in a small town which attracts well-known authors!

2 Comments

  • Jennifer (ponderosa)
    April 30, 2008 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen Ursula LeGuin three times in Sisters — she seems to like it better than Bend. (She’s coming to Bend for the Nature of Words thing, though, did you see that?)

  • Susan from Sisters, Oregon
    April 30, 2008 - 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t heard her. Do you like science fiction or does her fine writing ability “transcend” that genre?

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