Artists. For those readers who are not artists, the memoir Just Kids by Patti Smith is like entering into an alien world. Smith writes with precision and clarity about her life in the 1960s and 1970s when she and Robert Mapplethorpe were friends and lovers and their art was not noticed. The starving artists scenario could have turned out quite differently, and is from the distance of their successes that we can appreciate the uncertainty of their lives when they were young. Smith’s voice in this memoir gently brings readers into her relationship with Robert and the people, places and milestones of their lives. It’s easy to understand why this book has been praised and has received major awards.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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