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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  - Mulberry Street Library - Goodreads

Selection for the Mulberry Street Library November 26, 2014 Book Discussion Group! Meets at 6 PM in the Community Room. We have copies available behind the downstairs reference desk -- just ask a librarian. You can also ask to have the checkout time extended until the day of discussion. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristin Hamley - Goodreads

Beautiful. So much here. Artistic work ethic. Friendship, love, loyalty. ("Nobody sees as we do.") Faith/doubt/rebellion. ("Christ was a man worthy to rebel against, for he was rebellion itself.") Grief. ("Why can't I write something that would awake the dead?") Read full review

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Beautifully written and so difficult to put down. Although I'm not a fan of Patti Smith's music or work, I was in love with this book, this story, these people. To get to know Patti and Robert so ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zweegas - Goodreads

Pure reading pleasure. I definitely want to read other books by Patti Smith. Read full review

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User Review  - Zeina Tantawy - Goodreads

Like I needed another reason to want to live in New York. You hear stories all the time about nobodies that made it big but somehow this memoir puts it all into perspective. You realize how ambition ... Read full review

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User Review  - Skivvy Jones - Goodreads

With Lou Reed's recent passing and a subsequent obituary written by Patti Smith, I was reminded of how special her gifts are. Her way of humanizing very difficult artists and misfits is nothing short ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katherine - Goodreads

What struck me most about this book was the love and generosity with which Smith treats every person she writes about; it's imbued into every page of this beautifully wrought snapshot of two kindred ... Read full review


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