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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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I thought this book was amazing. I find it autobiographies extremely interesting, especially when it is written with her style of writing. The book mentioned many stages of her life, but focused on ... Read full review

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Warning: unpopular opinion ahead. This book was a bore, and became a genuine slog for me to get through. I should have liked it; there are few themes I'm more interested in than both friendship and ... Read full review

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Loved this book. My ideal kind of memoir. Leads you gently into the place where memory and faith and art collide, keeps you there, invites you to sit cross-legged on the floor, pull your own story ... Read full review

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Old times. Read full review

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I recently saw the Mapplethorpe-Warhol exhibit at the Wadsworth and realized how much I did not know about these people, so I picked up this Pulitzer Prize winning book. The book is much deserving of ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this book. So honest Read full review

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Started promisingly and an interesting glimpse into life in that milieu but her name dropping and self congratulations wore on me. Read full review


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