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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  - Amber Smith - Goodreads

I fell completely in love with this book. Patti has a way of weaving a beautiful story and you can't help but get caught up in her gossamer web. I would have to shake myself back to the present ... Read full review

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User Review  - Michael Locurto - Goodreads

Beautifully written, deeply felt memoir. Read full review

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User Review  - Georgina - Goodreads

Going into this I knew very little of Patti. This book was a wonderful story of love, art and friendship. Read full review

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User Review  - Rita - Goodreads

The 60's in New York - memoir delving into the music and artists in New York City. I enjoyed the book. Robert Mapplehorpe, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen - just a few of the icons mentioned. Looking forward to hearing the author at Kleinhan's tonight. Read full review

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User Review  - Dana Johnson - Goodreads

we totally dig her poetic music and patti smith can not only sing, but write beautifully! just kids is a story of a magical encounter and a friendship that forever changed counter culture. it was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wendy Marech - Goodreads

Rather than a memoir, I wish this book had actually been A Portrait of the Artist(s) as a Young (Wo)Man. Conclusion: book's potential squandered. Read full review

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User Review  - Amber Koppenhofer - Goodreads

I decided to "read," or rather listen to the audiobook because it was the most recent selection for the book club I attend. Smith reads it herself, in a very melancholy and wispy voice, that was a bit ... Read full review

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