Friday, February 18, 2011

February Book Club

This month our book was Just Kids by Patti Smith.The book is a memoir about Patti Smith's relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. They met in New York at 19 and quickly developed a bond that few people are lucky enough to have. Through their physical relationship to deep friendship they had a passion for art that drove them to create art and support each other. What I loved about the book is it took me back to my art school days where your whole life revolves around your creativity. Not that my art school years can really compare to the Hotel Chelsea New York art scene but I loved reading about it. They lived in the world where Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Andy Warhol were new influences changing the cultural tide. Patti Smith was an artist and a poet before she became a musician and her writing is beautiful with the ability to transport you to the world she shared with Robert.
 We had 10 out of the 11 members at book club this month and all but 1 read the book (you know who you are). We all loved the book, that isn't always the case, which usually leads to a shorter discussion of the book as we talk about our favorite parts. The rest of the evening was catching up on Valentines day, family, the show Portlandia ("put a bird on it"), and of course wine and food. I think I stated this before but I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful group of women!
  Our book for next month is another memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chau.
From what I know of the book this will lead to a much more heated discussion read along if you'd like.

Pétra (Creative Mom)

1 comment:

Betty Crocker Ass said...

I saw Patti Smith on Charlie Rose. It's an amazing story. Im excited to hear how you liked the book.