Touched by the Sun

Touched by the Sun

My Friendship With Jackie

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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The celebrated music artist and author of Boys in the Trees presents a meditative account of her unlikely friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, sharing intimate insights into how they supported each other through decades of loss and public scrutiny. Illustrations.

McMillan Palgrave

The instant New York Times bestseller | Named one of the ten best books of 2019 by People magazine

A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha’s Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship.

Carly Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made an unlikely pair—Carly, a free and artistic spirit still reeling from her recent divorce, searching for meaning, new love, and an anchor; and Jackie, one of the most celebrated, meticulous, unknowable women in American history.

Nonetheless, over the next decade their lives merged in inextricable and complex ways, and they forged a connection deeper than either could ever have foreseen. The time they spent together—lingering lunches and creative collaborations, nights out on the town and movie dates—brought a welcome lightness and comfort to their days, but their conversations often veered into more profound territory as they helped each other navigate the shifting waters of life lived, publicly, in the wake of great love and great loss.

An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, Carly Simon’s Touched by the Sun is a chronicle, in loving detail, of the late friendship she and Jackie shared. It is a meditation on the ways someone can unexpectedly enter our lives and change its course, as well as a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

"In Touched by the Sun, Simon reveals an easy-going, playful side of [Jackie] that most people never saw — sneaking a smoke during intermission at the opera, frolicking in the ocean off the Vineyard . . . The woman who would later edit several of Simon’s children’s books was 'just fun to be around.'" —Juliet Pennington, The Boston Globe

An ordinary friendship between two extraordinary women

& Taylor

A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374277727
Characteristics: 238 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 09, 2020

Very, very disappointing. Apparently, the editors distilled 897 pages of narcissism down to 231 before they surrendered to exhaustion and published a poorly written, disjointed pseudo-memoir of the friendship between Carly Simon and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

If you were looking for insights into Jackie O, you won't find many in this book. It is more a diatribe about the author's neurosis. There is just one photo of the duo ~ on the cover.

The only thing I learned ~ which I should have probably figured out on my own ~ was that Jackie was plagued by PTSD.

Jan 05, 2020

Too much Carly - not enough Jackie.

Martha C Benner
Nov 04, 2019

Easy fast read but not worth my time.

debwalker Oct 30, 2019

She was friends with Jackie? Who knew?

Oct 27, 2019

Not sure what to make of this book. Kind of a vanity project, it doesn't really present anything especially illuminating about Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Lots of celebrity name-dropping, and mostly about the neuroses & drug use of the author.


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