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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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Great Book... I was amazed at how good a writer Patti actually is... will get some of her newer books to read as well. Read full review

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Patti Smith immediately captured my attention with her beautiful and song-like prose. Every sentence she writes makes you feel like you're watching a dream while also giving you an in depth look at ... Read full review

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of "Just Kids". Being a child of a different generation, I was not familiar with her work as much as (I suppose) I should have been. Her writing style is very ... Read full review

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Just Kids is a delightful book about a unique and complex relationship. Even though I only recognized about 1/3 of the once-famous people she interacted with it was a fun tour through the culture of the 60s and 70s. Read full review

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An emotional rendering of the intense friendship & love between Patti Smith (rocker of "Because the Night") and Robert Mapplethorpe from the later 60s until Mapplethorpe's death from AIDS in 1989 ... Read full review

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Made me nostalgic for a New York I never even knew. A beautiful story about negotiating and expanding the boundaries of love, life and art. Read full review

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The Movable Feast of the late 60s/early 70s. GREAT. Read full review

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I only read it bc it was a bday gift from someone. The gift giver has a fascination with artists' lives that I don't share. (I love art but have a hard time relating to artists.) The written language ... Read full review


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