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Just Kids by Patti Smith
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Apr 12, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: book-talk-cafe-apr-2012, audiobook, katie-pick, nonfiction, memoir

Wow. It's no wonder to me that Patti Smith won the National Book Award for this book. Not only is it beautifully written in her own very distinctive voice, but it paints a picture of her life with Robert Mapplethorpe so vividly.

Their early relationship seemed to be the only stable thing during the most precarious times in their lives - Robert's illness when they first met, frequent hunger, pennilessness, and homelessness. Despite the difficulties, they seemed to have a series of lucky encounters or breaks. Their constant support of each other and encouragement in their art, combined with the creatives they met at The Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City and throughout the artistic circles shaped their careers.

This book is basically one long love letter to Robert Mapplethorpe, New York City and Art. I believe that it should ONLY be listened to, as the audiobook is read by Patti herself

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