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Just Kids
Just Kids | Patti Smith
A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City, Scribner's Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol's Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years--the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup. Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.
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ARTDJG
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🙏 Lovely revisit.

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Cinfhen
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the tag @Allylu 💕Since so many others have already chosen Just Mercy, Im highlighting another NF book that was excellent. This memoir is an ode to NYC, and the simpler days- before fame ruined everything for two unknown artists; Patti Smith & Roger Mapplethorpe.

BookNerd9906 My favorite memoir. Beautiful and touching 💛 2mo
Cinfhen Agreed @BookNerd9906 a beautiful story of a remarkable friendship 2mo
CBee I loved this book so much ♥️ 2mo
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Cinfhen Yeah @CBee it was special ☺️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! ❤️ 2mo
Graywacke My choice too. ☺️ It‘s beautiful and hung around. 2mo
Cinfhen Well done @Graywacke 🙌🏻❣️ 2mo
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Graywacke
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I love good memoirs, and this one is unusually beautiful - on her time invisible in New York City. An unknown Patti Smith with an unknown Robert Mapplethorpe.

#Alphabetgame #LetterJ (*fixed) @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

AmyG Great choice. 2mo
eeclayton This is on my TBR. She's such an inspiring person 2mo
Graywacke @AmyG 🙌🙂 @eeclayton you have a nice book sitting there. Honestly, this was my introduction to her. If course I knew her name, but little else. 2mo
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vivastory This is at the top of my memoir tbr 2mo
Liz_M You might want to edit your letter hashtag 😉 2mo
Graywacke @Liz_M 😂 thanks! Guess I lose track of the letters. 2mo
Graywacke @vivastory you also have a nice book waiting for you. 🙂 2mo
Graywacke @Liz_M fixed now 😁 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
TheBookHippie This is a favorite of mine! It‘s so good. 2mo
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HannaPolkadots
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My last read and my current read. So simply, beautifully written. So much I recognize and identity with. So much I admire. I need more Patti Smith books.

DivineDiana I saw her at the University of Pennsylvania when she was promoting her last book, “Year of the Monkey”. She ended with singing one song accompanied by a drummer. It was wonderful! 1y
HannaPolkadots @DivineDiana - lucky you! I would love to see her at some point 🤩 1y
DivineDiana It was sold out! I did feel lucky! 🍀 Hope you do get your chance! 🤞🏻 (edited) 1y
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nathandrake1997
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Moments are mortal rendered immortal through literature, maybe that's why people write memoirs, to hold on to a sliver of something that is physically beyond their grasp. Each of us process love and loss in our own subjective "plausible to me, implausible to the world" manner because what's loss to us is probably just an anecdote to someone else....

nathandrake1997 ....Honestly, I don't know if I can be objective while writing this review because my experience while reading Patti Smith's exquisite memoir JUST KIDS was impactful for more subjective reasons.... 1y
nathandrake1997 ....The last third of this book is about Smith coming to terms with the fact that she might lose Robert at any moment, the certainty of a fact but the uncertainty of its exact moment of occurrence is something I could relate to owing to recent events in my life that I'm going to share for the first time in an online space: 1y
nathandrake1997 ....Around late last year, my father suddenly fell ill and we admitted him to a hospital. On day 3, after a surgery, the doctors had almost lost hope, but on the next day his vitals were improving and the surgeon suggested us to shift to a bigger hospital.... 1y
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nathandrake1997 ....We did so and for the next 8 days, his vitals were improving and day by day hope was being progressively restored and just when we were on the stage of accepting the fact that he might pull through, on day 9 his vitals collapsed again and early in the morning on day 10 we lost him because of a cardiac arrest. It's been 7 months since, but even today I'm not sure if I have come to terms with the void he has left behind.... 1y
nathandrake1997 ....Maybe this is why I connected with this stunning book so much, probably in an attempt to make sense of my own grief. 1y
batsy Beautiful review and I hear you on how a book can help you make sense of grief... I'm sorry for your loss ❤️ 1y
SamAnne This book really resonated with me and I did the audio with Pattis voice. I was reminded it of it yesterday, visiting with a friend who recently lost an old love and now a longtime friend unexpectedly and far too young. 1y
nathandrake1997 @batsy Thank you so much ❤️ 1y
nathandrake1997 @batsy Although I still have a long way to go, Patti Smith through her exquisite prose helped me understand how writing about something can be a step towards processing grief and while the void would never be filled, maybe living whilst acknowledging the existence of this emptiness would be easier over time. 1y
Suet624 I‘m so very sorry to hear about your dad. Death seems to leave an actual physical hole in the universe for a period of time. Slowly, with time, at least for me, the hole fills in. May you find some peace soon. 1y
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much ❤️ I am trying my best to find some peace, day by day...book by book.... 1y
kspenmoll So sorry about your dad. The hole does fill in as @Suet624 so eloquently said, but right now the loss is raw. Patti Smith is awesome & so wise.💕💕 1y
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27-30 Mar 2021 (audiobook)
Evoking the grittiness and chaos of life in early 70s New York, Patti Smith made me crave a life that embraced art, insecurity and self-expression. Not that I was ever really that way inclined - I am too partial to clean clothes and good skincare! Still, it was inspiring and I loved the youth and naivety of Patti and Robert as they set upon a path to become cultural icons. Luck, talent or sheer persistence? Hard to say.

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1jules
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Check out this book on Goodreads: Just Kids https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/341879.Just_Kids

SamAnne So good. The audio is great. Patti narrates. 2y
1jules Agreed! I listened to the audiobook version of the book & found her voice relaxing. 2y
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I bought this last winter, just before I was planning to go see Patti Smith at a festival...and then the pandemic. So I put off starting it. But if 2020 has taught me nothing else, it‘s to let some things go, don‘t be a hoarder, and don‘t save the expensive wine for later. I don‘t generally like memoirs, but this one‘s exceeding my expectations, so far. Happy 2021!

glamhobbit This has been on my radar for so long! Nothing but rave reviews from what I can see 😁 2y
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lonelybluenights
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One of the books I go to for inspiration.

SamAnne Loved it too. 2y
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Emilymdxn
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I adored this insight into Patti Smith‘s head and life. I‘ve loved her a long time and she was exactly as thoughtful and unpretentious as I hoped she‘d be. The friendship/romance at the centre of this book was so complex and interesting and I just loved getting to live in her brain for a bit.

#scarathlon2020 #teamharkness @StayCurious +6 pts

Ruthiella I also love Patti Smith and I adored this memoir. ❤️ 2y
emz711 Jonathan Strange 😍😍 2y
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Ruthiella
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#tropesinaugust
#friendswithbenefits

I loved this memoir featuring Patti Smith‘s early years in New York City and her deep and lasting friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. I know this doesn‘t quite fit the trope but I read so little in the romance genre, this was the best I could do. 😀

Klou That's fine 😂 good job! 👍 2y
SamAnne Yes loved it. And she narrates the audio. (edited) 2y
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Neesay
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Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.

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AmyG
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- Just Kids - Patti Smith
- John Irving
- Jaws (movie)
- Jerry Garcia
- Jack Straw

#ManicMonday #LetterJ @JoScho

JoScho Jaws is a classic! 🦈 2y
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Cinfhen
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It‘s #ManicMonday #LetterJ
📚Tagged and it‘s awesome-sauce
🖊Tayari Jones
🍿Juno
🎤Journey
🎼Just Can‘t Get Enough https://open.spotify.com/track/1nPPh0CiKqVvYl4Mx1aZ21?si=6pHpZVkFStmHqTYIXWvvNw

Cinfhen And I forgot..... Michael Jackson 🙌🏻💔 2y
JoScho But you remembered Journey and I didn‘t! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
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“Where does it all lead? What will become of us? These were our young questions, and young answers were revealed. It leads to each other. We become ourselves.”

I hate when memoirs are just lists of dates/events. Smith insightfully avoids that, writing instead about the vibe of the eras of her life and of her relationship with Mapplethorpe.

Not only did this book inspire me to create, but it inspired me to approach my relationships differently.

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Read-y_Picker
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#7days7books My day 2 pick. The book that I will never ever ever loan out to anyone ever. We‘ve all got one, right?

Graywacke Loved this! 2y
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Ubookquitous
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She promised Robert Mapplethorpe she'd tell their story and it took her many years, but what a great story it is. Patti is an amazing artist and her young adult life with Robert as they struggled to live as artists is poignant and funny and powerful. She narrates the audiobook - all the more magical.

SamAnne Wonderful memoir and the audio version is wonderful. 3y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Of course this is a pick. I've had a difficult time concentrating with all the COVID-19 stress. I'm reading less than normal with all of the work excitement.
I did enjoy the #audiobook which was read by Patti Smith and just made this come to life that much more. #nonfiction #biography

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Chelsea.Poole
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Another Saturday morning breakfast of blueberry pancakes 🥞 and an #audiobook while I *attempt* to clean up the mess my little gremlins are always making. Loving this #nonfiction #memoir that I've heard such amazing things about.

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Lizpixie
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Thank you @CarolynM for this surprise! Today was pretty awful until I found your care package in the letterbox. I‘ve been wanting to read this book forever, Patti Smith has always been one of my idols, she‘s fascinating & talented and Mapplethorpes work is extraordinary. I love the pin, Jubly-Umph make the best pins & the card is gorgeous too. Thank you for cheering my sad sick soul up!🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3y
squirrelbrain What a lovely surprise! ❤️ 3y
Crazeedi 🥰❤🥰❤ 3y
CarolynM 😘😘😘 3y
SamAnne Loved her memoir! A trip to the 70s NY art and music scene. She narrates the audio—and it‘s great of course. 3y
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BekaReid
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Simply but beautifully told, I was immediately drawn in with her gentle rhythm and fascinated from page 1 of Patti Smith's memoir.

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Evening musings with Patti Smith

Jeannineth I loved this book. It was like a quiet thunder. 3y
BekaReid @Jeannineth yes! That's a perfect description for it! 3y
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Yet you could feel a vibration in the air, a sense of hastening. It had started with the moon, inaccessible poem that it was. Now men had walked upon it, rubber treads on a pearl of the gods. Perhaps it was an awareness of time passing, the last summer of the decade. Sometimes I just wanted to raise my hands and stop. But stop what? Maybe just growing up.

TiredLibrarian Loved this one 💕 3y
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BekaReid
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Started a new book this morning, which is really good so far, but I am a bit distracted as this furball of energy adopted me today 😻

TK-421 😻 3y
litenthusiast 😻😻💜 3y
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Carissa-Green-Reads
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I do believe in theme reading, so when I went to NYC in December, I saw the Guggenheim‘s Mapplethorpe exhibit while reading Patti Smith‘s great memoir.

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Carissa-Green-Reads
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Jane says, “Although I found myself charmed by these bohemian scamps, the time has come for them to go back to the library.” #returns

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Andrea313
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I was definitely excited when this book came out, and I can't believe it's been ten years! Maybe I should pick it up again... #BookYouReadIn2010 #AuldLangReads
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️🙌🏻 3y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 3y
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YOMFD
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Dear Patti, rock and roll girl! I discovered a whole universe I did not know existed, artists I wasn't aware of and prose that read like water running down a stream. Perfection! 🥀

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PatriciaU
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Here‘s another “Best Books of the Decade” post - https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2020/01/01/another-best-books-of-the-decade-post/

And Just Kids is at the top. What a beautiful, beautiful book. Smith‘s writing is gorgeous. My favorite quote, from Robert Mapplethorpe to Smith as he was dying: “Did art get us, Patti?”

Cortg I need to read this! I‘m always hearing great things about it! 3y
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Current read

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SamAnne
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Wow. An opportunity to walk in the shoes of Patti Smith thru the NYC of the 60s and 70s and 80s. She crossed paths with so many artists and musicians. But the heart of the book is her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe that spanned decades. Highly recommend. Patti narrates the excellent audio! #tbrread #WinterGames #Jingleballera @FantasyChick

FantasyChick Awesome! 16pts 3y
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lochi
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Sigh... How do you post pictures without cropping ?

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bronmcfar
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life changing

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LauraBeth
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😽😽😽 3y
LeahBergen Awww! 😆😆😆 3y
TrishB Awww great pic ❤️ 3y
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Soubhiville So sweet! Those quiet moments are the best. 3y
Eyelit There is way too much cute going on here (no complaints from me) 😍 3y
Megabooks Love it! 3y
DebinHawaii All my friends! 🐶🐱🐱🐱😘❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 3y
Suet624 So sweet. 3y
LauraBeth @leahbergen I wake everyone up before the husband gets home so he's not aware they do this all day. 😂 3y
LauraBeth Thanks @trishb! 🤗 🤗 3y
LauraBeth @eyelit they're a bunch of freeloaders! 😹
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LauraBeth @debinhawaii 😘 😘 I've gone back to whole-food eating so I'm gonna be visiting your blog for some ideas! 3y
LauraBeth @megabooks 😘 😘 3y
LauraBeth @suet624 they're sweet when they're asleep! 😹 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LauraBeth I now have 3 “stray” cats who have made my home theirs 🐈😽 3y
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LauraBeth
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I don‘t know HOW I haven‘t read this book yet. Finally bought a Kindle copy so I can read it this evening. Already a few pages in and I‘m in love. (Proof of life pic of Grey Cat for @AlaMich 😺).

AlaMich Proof of life, huh? Where‘s the newspaper with the date, huh? 🤨 3y
AmyG It‘s a beautiful book. 3y
LauraBeth @AlaMich this is true - I did it wrong! You‘ll just have to take my word 😹 3y
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LauraBeth @AmyG that‘s always the consensus around this book! I‘m already a fan! 3y
Leftcoastzen 😻 3y
Suet624 Awww, such a sweet photo. 3y
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JulietReads
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"Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation." - photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Life can feel like that sometimes. 😥

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Patti has a lot of patience.

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AutumnRLS Did you pick this up because of the most recent What Should I Read Next podcast? I just heard Anne recommend this! 3y
JulietReads @AutumnRLS This book got my attention because it won the National Book Award. I'm reading this one slowly, savoring each moment in the book. 🥰 3y
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❤🧡💜💙💚

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CBee
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This gem is $1.99 on Kindle today! Just buy it. You know you want to. 😁♥️

rather_be_reading i got this one today too! 3y
CBee @rather_be_reading hope you enjoy it! I loved it. 3y
Soubhiville This book is soooooo gooooooooddd! 3y
CBee @Soubhiville I‘m so glad you enjoyed it!! 3y
CareBear Sold, thanks for the tip! 3y
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Stevenjohntait
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I love this window in McNally Jackson in Nolita NYC where I bought Just Kids by Patti Smith last Autumn. Spot any of your favourite authors?

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Stevenjohntait
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I wanted to read a quintessential New York City book - that wasn't Catcher in the Rye - while I was there. The girl at McNally Jackson recommended Just Kids. I used leaves from the city's trees as bookmarks while reading it on park benches and in cafes.

Chelsea.Poole Perfect! 3y
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MrBook
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We had a wonderfully successful bonus meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub today in #NYC 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Lots of discussion that ran the full 2 hours. 👍🏻👍🏻

Have you read this book?!

Lindy Yep. Loved it. 3y
Ruthiella Love this book ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
kspenmoll Just loved this book! Love her! 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this bright and hot evening: my stir-fry of broccoli florets, carrots, green beans, bella mushrooms, and Italian salami, sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and various spices; black olives; mozzarella balls; and shaved parmesan and asiago cheeses; and lime sparkling water. MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

JenReadsAlot That looks so good! 3y
MrBook @JenReadsAlot Thank you ☺️🤗! It‘s getting better with each tweaked iteration. 😁 3y
RealBooks4ever Now I‘m hungry! 3y
Mel How is Just Kids? That one has been on my TBR for awhile. 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Easy night tonight. Accompaniment this warm and humid evening was: multi-grain Tostitos scoop chips, sliced black olives, Italian salami, mozzarella and cheddar and provolone cheeses, and a slew of spices 😁! With lime sparkling water. MMMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Background 🎶: a Spotify instrumental rock playlist.

CBee Loved this book so much ♥️ 3y
Sleepswithbooks I totally want that for dinner now too!! 🤓 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Simple night tonight. Accompaniment this warm and humid evening: tri-color penne pasta with roast garlic tomato sauce with chicken; cheesy garlic bread; and ginger-lemon sparkling water. MMMmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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