Just Kids

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Just Kids
320 pages; Ecco
Why We Love It: One of our favorite rock stars turned out to also be a brilliant memoirist. This chronicle of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe captures not only the youth of two boundary-breaking artists but also the soul of an era.

The Sequel: While Smith's subsequent memoir, M Train, is a brilliant rumination on life, loss and art, we'd love to return with her to the vanished world of New York in the late 1960s. With Smith, we know that no two journeys could ever be alike.   
— Dawn Raffel