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If you appreciated Patti Smith’s memoir due to its status as an unconventional, beautifully written music memoir, you might also like Bob Dylan’s Chronicles: Volume One. In his book, the Nobel Prize winner--whose medal was accepted by none other than Patti Smith!--chooses surprising, esoteric, and intimate moments from his life to recount, rather than grand-scale episodes of musical history. Typical of Mr. Zimmerman, and absolutely fascinating to read.--Griffin
If you enjoyed Just Kids for its setting in 1970s New York, you might check out Inferno by celebrated poet Eileen Myles. This book, like Just Kids, is a memoir written in unique and penetrating language; and where Just Kids recalls nights at Max’s Kansas City and sandwiches with Allen Ginsberg, Inferno sees its poet-narrator establishing the St. Mark’s Poetry Project and even running into Patti Smith herself down at CBGB. A very cool, very close look at the arts and poetry scene of 1970s Manhattan.--Griffin
If you were moved by Smith’s candid account of Robert Mapplethorpe’s sexuality, and the changes it brought to their relationship, you might enjoy James Baldwin’s 1962 work Another Country. This novel, set in New York City like Just Kids, features a network of several characters engaging in queer relationships, some for the first time, and demonstrates sexual discovery both beautifully and frankly.--Griffin
If you liked Just Kids for its litany of celebrity anecdotes, and especially for its insights into those celebrities before they became household names, you might be interested in Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. The book, written by Stein in the character of her life-long partner, Toklas, is a whimsical and touching depiction of Paris from the years before the First World War until those just before the Second. Stein recounts friendships with Picasso, Apollinaire, Laurencin, Man Ray, Hemingway, and more. Gobs of early-20th century gossip, and a testament to the love between Gertrude and Alice.--Griffin