Week 2/52: Just Kids by Patti Smith


Compulsively readable and left me feeling deeply, happily, uncool, Just Kids is punk rocker Patti Smith's memoir of her early New York years in the late sixties/early seventies, focusing mostly on her relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Lots of name dropping. Bob Dylan is everywhere. Janis Joplin. Jimi Hendrix and Patti have a moment in a stairway. Lots of overly-innocent prose. But I finished Just Kids a week ago and it's sticking with me. Not sure if it's exactly worthy of a National Book Award, but it is certainly evocative of a certain time and place.  

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

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