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"Boys in the Trees: A Memoir" by Carly Simon
Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon and Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters and her solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain."
Their stories have finally been told. In McLeRoy's meticulously-researched and entertainingly-written account, she highlights the important roles played by eight women in the early development of North Texas, women you've probably never heard of before, whose lives and exploits are a lot more interesting than those of mavericks like Belle Starr. Few more harrowing tales have ever been told than that of Olive Ann Oatman. At the age of 13, she watched horrified as Indians clubbed to death her father, her pregnant mother, her three sisters and one brother. Another brother, left for dead, survived his head injuries and later made his way back to civilization. But Olive Ann and her seven-year-old sister were taken captive by the rampaging Apaches. Her story of captivity, slavery, starvation, and ultimately, of survival, is only one of the thrilling true stories in Red River Women. Two pioneers in women's education, a woman who built a family empire on boots, an intrepid newspaper publisher, one woman known as "the Queen of the Confederacy," another called "the Confederate Paul Revere," the founder of the multi-million dollar facility that is today the oldest adoption agency in Texas--these are the other seven. Their carefully researched stories make inspiring reading.
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