Holiday Recommendations from Our Staff

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Twenty years after the death of her friend, soul mate, and muse, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith offers up the story of their early years together in New York City. They met in the late sixties, when the streets were alive with fellow dreamers, poets, musicians, artists, and seekers (Sam Shepard, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsburg, Janis Joplin – to name a few) and Smith’s memoir perfectly captures that heady, fervent era. But mostly, this book is a tender love letter written years later to the memory of two skinny, broke kids searching for authentic expression and believing absolutely in the passion and power of art. One of the most beautiful portraits of friendship that I’ve ever read. –Laurie

 

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon

Meet Michael. He is a bestselling author; he is also a father, husband, son, brother… Chabon’s collection of personal stories explore the peculiar condition of being a man in a modern world, in all its triumph and disappointment, love and failure, while never taking himself too seriously. –Dave

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