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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  - Lauren - Goodreads

one of my favorite books of all time. a beautiful love letter to her best friend and artistic soul mate, and to the city where they came of age together. Read full review

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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. It is beautifully written and the book really transports you back in time and paints a vivid picture of what life was like in New York in the late 60's and 70's. I would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephen Futterer - Goodreads

Honest. Touching. Poetic. Inspiring. Introspective. Was a nice overlapping sketch with the Dave Van Ronk memoir of a gritty 60's/70's NYC cultural scene. She echoes the clarion call to "kick down the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Twyla - Goodreads

I wouldn't say I'm a fan of her musically, but this book is great. A really interesting look into the NY scene at that time, especially after reading other books about those days. neat to see how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah Davidson - Goodreads

I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as i did. I find most memoirs to be a little self indulged and expected this to be that to a high degree. Instead Patti Smith invites us in too her most ... Read full review

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User Review  - Claire McNeill - Goodreads

Patti Smith is graceful and poetic in her retelling of an era — New York in the late '60s and early '70s — and of a friendship so trusting and profound that she declares the gentle Robert ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liz Simmons - Goodreads

This book was amazing. I read it in 3 days and was sad when it ended. Read full review


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