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Just Kids
Just Kids | Patti Smith
A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City, Scribner's Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol's Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years--the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.
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lochi
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Sigh... How do you post pictures without cropping ?

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bronmcfar
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life changing

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LauraBeth
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 3mo
LeahBergen Awww! 😆😆😆 3mo
TrishB Awww great pic ❤️ 3mo
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Soubhiville So sweet! Those quiet moments are the best. 3mo
Eyelit There is way too much cute going on here (no complaints from me) 😍 3mo
Megabooks Love it! 3mo
DebinHawaii All my friends! 🐶🐱🐱🐱😘❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 3mo
Suet624 So sweet. 3mo
LauraBeth @leahbergen I wake everyone up before the husband gets home so he's not aware they do this all day. 😂 3mo
LauraBeth Thanks @trishb! 🤗 🤗 3mo
LauraBeth @eyelit they're a bunch of freeloaders! 😹
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LauraBeth @debinhawaii 😘 😘 I've gone back to whole-food eating so I'm gonna be visiting your blog for some ideas! 3mo
LauraBeth @megabooks 😘 😘 3mo
LauraBeth @suet624 they're sweet when they're asleep! 😹 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBeth I now have 3 “stray” cats who have made my home theirs 🐈😽 3mo
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LauraBeth
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I don‘t know HOW I haven‘t read this book yet. Finally bought a Kindle copy so I can read it this evening. Already a few pages in and I‘m in love. (Proof of life pic of Grey Cat for @AlaMich 😺).

AlaMich Proof of life, huh? Where‘s the newspaper with the date, huh? 🤨 3mo
AmyG It‘s a beautiful book. 3mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich this is true - I did it wrong! You‘ll just have to take my word 😹 3mo
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LauraBeth @AmyG that‘s always the consensus around this book! I‘m already a fan! 3mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 3mo
Suet624 Awww, such a sweet photo. 3mo
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DrawingSustenance
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"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation." - photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Life can feel like that sometimes. 😥

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Patti has a lot of patience.

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AutumnRLS Did you pick this up because of the most recent What Should I Read Next podcast? I just heard Anne recommend this! 3mo
DrawingSustenance @AutumnRLS This book got my attention because it won the National Book Award. I'm reading this one slowly, savoring each moment in the book. 🥰 3mo
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❤🧡💜💙💚

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TheBookHippie
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Parent pick up drop off read 🤣🤣🤣🤷🏽‍♀️

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CBee
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This gem is $1.99 on Kindle today! Just buy it. You know you want to. 😁♥️

rather_be_reading i got this one today too! 3mo
CBee @rather_be_reading hope you enjoy it! I loved it. 3mo
Soubhiville This book is soooooo gooooooooddd! 3mo
CBee @Soubhiville I‘m so glad you enjoyed it!! 3mo
CareBear Sold, thanks for the tip! 3mo
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Stevenjohntait
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I love this window in McNally Jackson in Nolita NYC where I bought Just Kids by Patti Smith last Autumn. Spot any of your favourite authors?

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Stevenjohntait
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I wanted to read a quintessential New York City book - that wasn't Catcher in the Rye - while I was there. The girl at McNally Jackson recommended Just Kids. I used leaves from the city's trees as bookmarks while reading it on park benches and in cafes.

Chelsea.Poole Perfect! 4mo
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MrBook
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We had a wonderfully successful bonus meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub today in #NYC 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Lots of discussion that ran the full 2 hours. 👍🏻👍🏻

Have you read this book?!

Lindy Yep. Loved it. 5mo
Ruthiella Love this book ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
kspenmoll Just loved this book! Love her! 5mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this bright and hot evening: my stir-fry of broccoli florets, carrots, green beans, bella mushrooms, and Italian salami, sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and various spices; black olives; mozzarella balls; and shaved parmesan and asiago cheeses; and lime sparkling water. MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

JenReadsAlot That looks so good! 5mo
MrBook @JenReadsAlot Thank you ☺️🤗! It‘s getting better with each tweaked iteration. 😁 5mo
RealBooks4ever Now I‘m hungry! 5mo
Mel How is Just Kids? That one has been on my TBR for awhile. 5mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Easy night tonight. Accompaniment this warm and humid evening was: multi-grain Tostitos scoop chips, sliced black olives, Italian salami, mozzarella and cheddar and provolone cheeses, and a slew of spices 😁! With lime sparkling water. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Background 🎶: a Spotify instrumental rock playlist.

CBee Loved this book so much ♥️ 5mo
Stacypatrice I totally want that for dinner now too!! 🤓 5mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Simple night tonight. Accompaniment this warm and humid evening: tri-color penne pasta with roast garlic tomato sauce with chicken; cheesy garlic bread; and ginger-lemon sparkling water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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A beautifully written book. This is not surprising considering Patti Smith is a great poet. It is essentially the story of her relationship and deep connection with Robert Mapplethorpe. The book delves into the lives of other artists and an odd assortment of characters living in New York of the late 60s to early 70s. I loved her interactions with Janis Joplin, Hendrix, Sam Shepherd and all the Andy Warhol hangers on. A really interesting read.

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Just Kids is the love story of Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, their art and New York in the late 60s through early 70s. In the audiobook, performed by Patti, you are completely transported and can experience the love and pain nearly first hand. This is a highly atypical pick for me, but must recommend. It‘s masterfully done and will be a sure favorite for anyone familiar with what NYC used to be.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one has been on my to read list for awhile, I really need to grab the audiobook and listen soon. 7mo
Drocchio03 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I am not a fan of audiobooks, but I couldn‘t imagine accessing the content any other way. 7mo
readordierachel Love this book. Her narration is mesmerizing. 7mo
Drocchio03 @readordierachel Mesmorizing. That is the perfect word to describe it. 7mo
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Drocchio03
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Walks around the office building when I need to get a fresh perspective and a moment away; realizing it‘s okay to take a minute for myself! #maymadness #newtome #personalchallenge

Clwojick this is stunning :) 7mo
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Drocchio03
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Torn over this one. Content is completely out of my typical norm and definitely #newtome. Proud that I‘m expanding my scope and interested to listen to Patti‘s music and see Robert‘s exhibit at the Guggenheim.

Unsure if I should finish book first and then listen/see, or learn more about them as artists and their careers to have a greater appreciation for the story.

#maymadness
@Clwojick @RadicalReader @TheReadingMermaid

QueenJen Listen while you read? 7mo
Drocchio03 @QueenJen I‘m listening to the audiobook, but I think I‘m going to mix in some of her tunes. I‘m not usually keen on audiobooks, but enjoy hearing her tell her own story. 7mo
QueenJen @Drocchio03 🤦‍♀️ You would think that I would've noticed that it was an audiobook!! (It's almost like I got 2 Monday's this week 😉🥃) 7mo
Drocchio03 @QueenJen Funny enough - I tried to put the headphone sticker over the picture but felt it covered too much of the title/author. All is good. 😊 7mo
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Mitch
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New York has voted...and the winner for One Book, One New York is Patti Smith ( my second choice.. commiserations to Jacqueline Woodson )

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/industries/1book1ny.page

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“Just Kids by Patti Smith has been chosen as this year's One Book, One New York winner...Smith will appear at Symphony Space, as part of the PEN America World Voices Festival on May 10 in a conversation and will be introduced by last year's One Book winning author, Jennifer Egan. Smith will also appear at the Center for Fiction the week of September 16-20.” https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mome/industries/1book1ny.page

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#MarchIntoThe70s #BecauseTheNight is one of my favorite songs EVER ~ it‘s a soulful rock duet between Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen 🤟🏼😇Tagged book is the passionate friendship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose artistic creativity fueled their lifelong pursuit of art & music. Set in NYC (in the late 60s), it‘s the history of a city on the cusp of change as we are introduced to the Warhol‘s, drag queens, musicians & poets.

emilyhaldi Great book!! I‘m going to read this one for #booked2019 #featuresamusician 🎼 9mo
kspenmoll Fabulous book! And song...💕 9mo
Cinfhen M Train sounds good @emilyhaldi 🥰and you have fabulous taste @kspenmoll 😉 9mo
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Ruthiella Because the Night is one of my absolute favorites too and I love Patti!😍 9mo
writerlibrarian She's an amazing writer and storyteller. I have Mr. Train in my TRP. So many books so little time. 9mo
gradcat I got the book as soon as it was available...and I absolutely loved it! 9mo
Cinfhen I honestly didn‘t know how awesome Patti was until I read her memoir @Ruthiella @writerlibrarian @gradcat what an icon 🙌🏻🥰 9mo
gradcat @Cinfhen I know, right? She really puts the “live” in life, imho.... 9mo
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Theaelizabet
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1. In New Jersey, just outside of NYC.
2. I like it here, but Italy would be a nice change.
3. London, Belgium, or Virginia, depending on which book I pick up.
4. Anything. These days, in the winter, we‘re fond of sundubu, a Korean spicy tofu stew, served with rice.
5. Hey everyone!
@j.rye ;) Sorry I‘m late!

@Maddeline

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writerlibrarian
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New York. Warhol. Patti Smith. Mapplethorpe,
#walkonthewildside #marchintothe70s

Cinfhen Such a great read!!!! 9mo
writerlibrarian I loved it. It really takes you there. I went to the Mapplethorpe exhibit 2 years ago there was a whole wing devoted to his friendship/love with Smith. 9mo
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I rummaged through her #jewel box. It was pink and when you opened it a ballerina turned like a sugarplum fairy. #QuotsyMar19
#31DaysOfNonFiction

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Loved this book!
Already thinking of reading parts of it again 💖
Patti Smiths life was hard but intresting, and it's sad to read about all the fantastic artist short lives. She was the one who survived to tell parts of their stories.

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ardismargrethe
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So far I love this book narrated by Patti Smith. Her story telling is fantastic and engaging! 📖❤️

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luvdust
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beautiful and inspiring 🌿

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StephBengtson
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I find myself recommending this book a lot. Patti Smith has the magic. #swissarmyrec #24in48

Soubhiville I loved this book! 10mo
parttimedomestic Oh, this is a perfect book. 😍 10mo
Litsylily I love this book!! 10mo
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Deborah42
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Patti Smith writes evocatively about her lifelong connection with Robert Maplethorp. They started out as lovers, and stayed close friends until his death.

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Emilydodson97
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The most well written book I‘ve ever read.

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Palimpsest
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The inside jacket cover does a better job than I could at talking about what this book is about. I didn‘t know anything about Patti Smith apart from her song “Because the Night” but when the book M Train came out in 2016 I read about how good this book was. It was an interesting read set in New York. It was cool to see certain musicians, poets, and artists overlap that I never imagined did. I can hear Patti‘s poetic voice come through in book

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TheLudicReader
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Happy New Year, everyone. I hope 2019 is a year of peace, happiness, health, and good books!

AmyG ❤️ to Patti and books 11mo
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BookNerd9906
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Thanks for the fun #2x2giveaway @DivaDiane Just Kids is my top recommendation for musician themed book. #thinksingers

DivaDiane Yes! I have this stacked already but thank you for reminding me! Good luck! 1y
BookNerd9906 @DivaDiane you will love it. It‘s so good! And if you like sci-fi check out my favorite book this year. Ascending, It‘s new and only .99 cents on Amazon right now. 1y
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AnansiGirl
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? Just Kids

? Shirley Jackson

? Jumanji

? Jalapeño Poppers

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💚 1y
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Soubhiville
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What a beautiful book! It‘s of course a story of art, poetry, and rock and roll, being the story of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. But more than that it‘s a story of one of the sweetest purest friendships I‘ve ever read.

Thank you so much for bringing this book into my life @CBee . It‘s truly a treasure.

1st book finished this #24in48

AmyG I loved this book. Such a beautiful testament to their friendship. 1y
hilded I really enjoyed this as well, Patti is such an talented artist 💙 1y
CBee I love your review ❤️❤️❤️ I am so glad you liked it! 1y
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Soubhiville
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First Lines, challenge 1 for #24in48. Also known as, “oh, I‘m going to need tissues for this book?...”
#24in48readathon #firstline

starlight97 Wow. 1y
Andrew65 What a great first sentence, that would wake you up! 1y
SledgeReader Whoa!! 1y
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Soubhiville
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I‘m up! It‘s time to #readathon! Isn‘t it fun when you open your book and find the person who gave it to you stuck a pretty bookmark in there? Thanks @CBee !
Ok, let‘s read!
#24in48readathon #24in48

StephBengtson I love this book! 💜 1y
CBee @Soubhiville can‘t wait to hear what you think ❤️ 1y
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Soubhiville
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Wow #jb friends! Thank you for being so sweet! In the last few days I‘ve gotten lots of cards and a book I‘m so excited about!

Thanks @Trashcanman (I love the bookmark too!), @CouronneDhiver @knittedgnome @Mimi28 (super fun stickers! Yay!) @blithebuoyant @Wife @CKlube and @Captivatedbybooks !

@CBee thank you so much for the book! I just opened it to the middle and got sucked in to the story of meeting Sam- had to make myself stop!

AmyG Excellent and beautiful book. 1y
CBee Yay!! So glad it got to you. Hope you love it as much as I did ❤️ 1y
Mimi28 You‘re welcome!! Glad you liked them!! 1y
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blithebuoyant Did I send you two cards? 😂 1y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Soubhiville @blithebuoyant no, I got one just like yours from @CKlube 😊📚 1y
CKlube @blithebuoyant did you get them from half price books? I saw them and couldn‘t resist the bookshelf cards ☺️ 1y
blithebuoyant @CKlube I did! 😂 I looked all over for bookish cards! 1y
Trashcanman You are most welcome 😊 1y
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TheBee
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Finishing this awesome book tonight. Reminds my somehow of my own arrival in New York. Not always easy but many good moments, interesting people and lots of inspiration everywhere! #pattiforever #whenyouareyoung #justkids #pattismith #fame #newyorkcity #onlyinnewyork #newyork
Such a beautiful story! 🖤

overtheedge Patti has such a great way with words! 1y
TheBee @overtheedge yes indeed! You just want to read on and on and on. 1y
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Billypar
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For an artist as avant garde as Smith in her day, her memoir tends toward the nostalgic, and the writing is oddly colloquial in some spots. It's as if the innocence of herself and Robert Mapplethorpe bursts through the narrative and dictates the style also. This may sound like a backhanded compliment of a review, but it's not meant to be. She vividly portrays dedication to art in a bygone era, an act that doubles as a tender ode to her soulmate.

saresmoore Holy wow, what a review! 1y
Billypar @saresmoore Thanks! ☺️ 1y
Rcoco Have you read M-train? Is this as good? 1y
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Billypar @Rcoco I haven't read M-train, so I can't say by comparison, but I really enjoyed it. I'll have to check out M-train- the description sounds promising. 1y
readordierachel Great review for a great book. And I second the plug for M Train. She's awesome. 1y
mrozzz Fab review. 1y
Reggie Wow, this felt like a valentine to the book review. Nice, man. 1y
Billypar @ReadOrDieRachel @mrozzz Thanks! Yeah I will have to try M train : I definitely wouldn't mind spending more time in Patti Smith's world . 1y
Billypar @Reggie Lol- guilty. I don't know, I should probably do a final editing pass to get rid of stock phrases 😂 1y
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@riversong153 omg, thank you soooooo much! This was so generous and thoughtful, and I cannot wait to dive into these books. 😍

riversong153 Your welcome!! Enjoy! 1y
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#readingwomenmonth #memoir this one was really hard for me as I love memoirs so much! I had to pick this in the end as patti smith is a phenomenal writer as well as musician. This and m train are two of my absolute favourites in this category. Excuse me whilst I go listen to horses for the thousandth time @ephemeralwaltz @Andrew65

Weaponxgirl This is available on scribd too! 2y
SinkLikeTheMoon I adore this book. Probably one of the only non-fiction books I've read more than once. 2y
Weaponxgirl @ashleykowitz it's wonderful isn't it. I think the fact that she's a poet really shines through in the writing and is what helps give it an edge over a lot of other rockstar memoirs 2y
Crystalblu I absolutely love this book and Patti! 2y
Weaponxgirl @Crystalblu she's one of my favourite musicians still living ❤️ 2y
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mrozzz
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This a reread for me and although I remembered the gist of the story that was Patti Smith & Robert Mappelthorpe‘s lasting friendship, I was again blown away by her ability to WRITE. Her descriptions are so vibrant it‘s like I‘m there with them, experiencing the hardships of being broke in NYC in the 60s/70s, trying to put together enough money for art supplies & a place to sleep. Their bond was so pure & intense, I love them. So iconic. 🤘🏻

AmyG This is a beautiful book. 2y
Rcoco Have you read M train? That was great. 2y
mrozzz Yes! ☺️ Loved that one too. @Rcoco I saw her last year at an event for her latest 2y
mrozzz It truly is. 🙌🏻 @AmyG 2y
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mrozzz
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Really enjoying this reread. I‘m supplementing the audiobook with some of her early songs. 😎🤘🏻🎤🎶

TiredLibrarian This was such a great book! 2y
tammysue ✌🏻❤️ 2y
Crystalblu I love her so much! 2y
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mrozzz @TiredLibrarian yes!!! I read it a couple years ago and I saw the audiobook on sale recently narrated by Patti and I‘m so glad I picked it up again! 2y
mrozzz @Crystalblu she‘s so amazing! 2y
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mrozzz
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So there may be an Audible sale going on.... #bookhaul
7 books for ~$48— couldn‘t pass this up 🤷🏻‍♀️😅🎧👌🏻

I‘ve already read Just Kids, but I gave away my copy last year and I‘m very interested to hear Patti Smith‘s narration.

The other nonfictions I‘m taking a chance on, and the lone fiction, You, will be my first by Caroline Kepnes, about whom I‘ve heard great praise.

JenReadsAlot Chasing the Scream was really good. 2y
mrozzz I am glad to hear it! @JenReadsAlot 2y
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