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Year of the Monkey
Year of the Monkey | Patti Smith
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.
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RealBooks4ever
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I‘ve been busy reading for #NonFictionNovember ! Loved YEAR OF THE MONKEY, which focused on death of loved ones. Disappointed in A ROOM OF ONE‘S OWN, which can be summed up in: “A woman needs money and a quiet space in order to write successfully”. 💜

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Lindy
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I voted on the Goodreads awards today & was surprised at how many categories I had to skip because I either hadn't read any of the titles or else the one book that I had read in that category wasn't worthy of a best book vote. As an example, I read a lot of memoir, but out of all the possibilities, only the tagged book is on my TBR. I know I can write in additional titles, but it's too hard to figure out eligibility (pub date in USA).

Lindy One of my two favourite memoirs of 2019 is 2w
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing your personal picks!! If I recall there were 2 books I read and really loved on the GoodReads nominations 2w
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Cinfhen Both were excellent!!! 2w
Lindy @Cinfhen Thanks, in turn, for your recommendations. 😊 2w
Cinfhen With pleasure ❣️ 2w
Emilymdxn I felt the same about a lot of categories! I was really excited for voting but haven‘t read almost all of the books (which surprised me) and don‘t have the money to read them all now so guess I won‘t be able to improve my knowledge of them! 2w
Lindy @Emilymdxn I mostly rely on library holds, so it isn‘t a financial burden, but that generally isn‘t a successful strategy for reading popular books in a timely fashion. Instead, I am looking at the GR titles as a way to add to my TBR (as if I need more…). (edited) 2w
Hooked_on_books It drives me crazy when I see books on there I find unworthy. Especially when they win. 😑 2w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Especially when they win. 👯‍♂️ 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Patti Smith is amazing. In this book she deals with the death of a close friend and the sickness of another. Her writing is melodious and interesting.

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BookAlongBlog
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5/5🌟In her newest book Year Of The Monkey, Patti recounts her happenings during 2016. She takes us along with her during a year long exploration of sorts. While also yearning for the people she has lost over the years and contemplating the passing of time and space. Offering insight and wisdom along the way. Patti's writing is beautifully poetic, tender and philosophical, a calming lull in these turbulent times. #bookreview #bookstagram

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strandbookstore
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We have signed copies of Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. https://www.strandbooks.com/product/year-of-the-monkey-0525657681/

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Godpants
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It‘s beautifully written, a book about getting old and the ghosts of the people and times that are gone. But it didn‘t feel substantial enough to me. It‘s so heavily dreamy that it feels it could float away. #scarathlon #teamStoker 6 points.

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Godpants
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I really loved Just Kids, so immediately put a hold on this one. A little palate cleanser before I dip into another horror. #scarathlon #teamStoker 1 point

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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SkeletonKey
Year of the Monkey | Patti Smith
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Recovering from a big giant successful Troll Market yesterday at a friends before driving back to PA tomorrow. Everyone is still sleepy so I‘m getting my morning read in.

Tanisha_A I am seeing this book everywhere. That's reason enough for me to get it i think. 😁 1mo
SkeletonKey @Tanisha_A - Patti Smith is reason enough! 😁 I can‘t resist a new one from her. 1mo
Tanisha_A I have never read her. :( I will though, for sure. 1mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-29-19: My new TBR shelf!! One of my awesome birthday gifts from my family. My birthday is 9/11 but we just hung it today. 🙌🏼📚💖

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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-29-19: My 78th finished book of 2019! #yearofthemonkey #pattismith 👍🏼📖#️⃣7️⃣8️⃣

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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So excited to see Patti Smith tonight!

hermyknee Oooh nice!!!! 2mo
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