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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  - Wieke Van Der Kroef - Goodreads

A gem. Left me feeling grateful for someone to share so honestly some of their stories. Hard to find a book that feels more true to human life. A beautiful gift by the writer. Amazingly poetic prose ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tia - Goodreads

Can we just be honest and cut the shit? This is an awful book. You may like Patti's music, or Robert's photography (I do), or the idea of NYC in the 60's and 70's. But this is so poorly written that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leeanna Smith - Goodreads

Just finished reading this for the second time. Patti Smith's storytelling is beautifully poetic. Read full review

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User Review  - Jennifer O'Kelly - Goodreads

This book spoke right to my soul. It made me feel a lot of feelings, eat a lot of donuts, and make a lot of art. An absolute favourite. Read full review

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User Review  - Paddi - Goodreads

I listened to the audio book and enjoyed hearing Patti Smith's voice and intonation, although she sounded almost sleepy and monotone at times. I found her observations and insights into life, artists ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jasmine Whitmire - Goodreads

In Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, the reader is first given a brief over view of Patti and Robert's child hood. As Patti grows into her late teens, her itching to be "free" in life and succeed as an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mj - Goodreads

"We went our separate ways, but within walking distance of one another." Reading Patti Smith's Just Kids is a fascinating purgatory between the last great voices of the 60s and the next great voices ... Read full review

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