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When I first put eyes on this book I just thought about Patti's music and the black-and-white photo booth pictures that I myself used to love and enjoy taking with my friends in the late seventies - and early eighties. But when I started to read this book I found that I just couldn't put it down, and that my day was spent thinking and feeling every page I had read. This book is truly a masterpiece, not just because Patti is a great writer, but also because Patti Smith really puts into words how deep a friendship can be. Her friendship to Robert was deeper than the deepest cave. This book guided me by the hand through the streets of New York, had me tasting the life and goings-on in the Chelsea Hotel. I was astonished by her knowledge of French literature and French Poets. This story - memoir - took me deep into myself to feel the curosity of youth, the danger of drugs and sex, and the sad sadness of loss. I cried my eyes out.....This book touched me deeply, and I will never forget it.  

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Patti Smith
Just Kids (2010)
Patti Smith won the 2010 Nonfiction National Book Award for Just Kids, the story of her remarkable relationship with the controversial photographer/artist Robert Mapplethorpe. 1970s New York in the days of disco, Warhol art, free love, recreational drugs, and the Beat poets comes alive in her telling of how she and Mapplethorpe developed their art together in the Chelsea Hotel. He was a painter, jeweler, and ultimately a photographer. She was a painter, writer, and musician. Together they grew from street people to fame. It's an amazing story!
WPL Call No: 784.5 SM and Book Club
Reviewer: Kathleen Farrell (January 2011)
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User Review  - Lauren Kells - Goodreads

I read this book about two years ago. I picked it up off a table at the local bookstore because I was feeling alone in a new, conservative town. I had moved to take on a new position in an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maya Shur - Goodreads

“Perhaps it did, but no one could regret that. Only a fool would regret being had by art” This quote is an incredibly accurate summation of Patti Smith's novel Just Kids. Being a songwriter, Smith ... Read full review

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User Review  - Linda Van waesberge - Goodreads

Great book, great pictures, wonderful review of new york times Read full review

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User Review  - Jayw - Goodreads

kids run away to be artists and slowly succeed. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

better than i thought it would be! Read full review

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User Review  - Mt. Lebanon Public Library - Goodreads

Beth's Pick Call #: 92 SMITH Patti Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Vanauker - Goodreads

Strange but interesting account of a New York bohemian (somewhat poverty stricken) artist's lifestyle. Patti and Robert completely redefine what it means to be a best friend, a lover, and a soulmate ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mariella Sagastume - Goodreads

I love the way, this book was written. I just love the free will, and artistic approach this entire book was composed into. Patti's childhood reminded me of my mothers at some point, thou she was much ... Read full review


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