Staff Pick: Just Kids

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Cover image of "Just Kids"

In her beautiful memoir Just Kids, poet, artist and punk rock godmother Patti Smith writes about her early years in New York City with her lover, best friend and lifelong source of inspiration, Robert Mapplethorpe. Theirs is a story of true love: for each other, for the streets around them and for the art that they created and inspired in each other. Smith’s poetic prose transforms the reader to iconic places such as the artist’s haven that was the Hotel Chelsea and Max’s Kansas City, a hangout of Andy Warhol and his gang.

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