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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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Best book I read this year (and I read more than 50). Totally surprised. I had no idea who Patti Smith was other than she was a musician that did the kind of music I don't usually listen to. Completely surprised by the depth of her creativity and her soul. Great insight into the late 60's and 70's in the new york art and music scene. Awesome book. 

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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  - Kathleen O'Nan - Goodreads

Somehow I didn't pay any attention to Patti Smith back when she was making the music scene. But reading this wonderful book was an exciting experience that led me to listening to some of her wonderful music. I'm a fan! Both of her singing and her writing... Read full review

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User Review  - John Nondorf - Goodreads

Beautiful. Read full review

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User Review  - Jewels Andrea - Goodreads

This book is everything. Patti is magical. Read full review

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User Review  - Magdalena Rhinehart - Goodreads

I loved this book! I totally fell in love with Patti and Robert, their relationship was so genuine and once in a lifetime. I didn't want to finish it, and now that I have, I want to read it all over again! Beautifully written and very bittersweet. Read full review

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User Review  - Carlos Ferreira - Goodreads

Just loved this book. And I gotta say, i'm not a fan of Patti Smith, just read this for curiosity. The writting is so sincere and honest, and it's a really vivid portrait of the 70's. The book is full ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charlene - Goodreads

Loved it! Read full review

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