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Smith, Patti

Apr 12, 2012 — In Just Kids, Patti Smith chronicles her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. It sits at No. 7.
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Nov 11, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 53rd week.
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Sep 2, 2011 — Patti Smith remembers her friend Robert Mapplethorpe in Just Kids, on the list for a 43rd week.
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Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Just Kids by Patti Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 9, 2010Fresh Air's resident book critic selects her favorite reads from the year, including Patti Smith's moving memoir, a feminist slant on election season and a new history of labor unions.
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Nov 3, 2010 — Veteran short-story writer Alice Munro and novelist Elizabeth Kostova contemplate lovers and losers, while international human rights activist Greg Mortenson, comedian George Carlin, and musician and avant-garde icon Patti Smith reflect on their lives in new memoirs.
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Oct 29, 2010 — Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, just nominated for a National Book Award, describes her path of artistic self discovery and her relationship with the provocative photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe.
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Jan 25, 2010 — Before either of them were famous, Patti Smith shared a romance and a deep friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Critic Michael Schaub says her new memoir, Just Kids, is a gift to anyone who has ever been touched by their art.
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Jan 20, 2010 — This week, a novel from Jonathan Dee looks at the costs (and wild benefits) of living wealthy in America, and a memoir by Patti Smith recalls the singer's long friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. Also, T.C. Boyle offers a new book of short stories, and a novel dives into Britain's mid-1950s "Cyprus Emergency."
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Jan 15, 2010 — The iconic rock singer has written a book called Just Kids about her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The two met when they were young artists just starting out in New York in the late 1960s.
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