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From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: a “sublime collection of true stories … and wild imaginings that take us to the very heart of who Patti Smith is” (Vanity Fair), told through the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. Patti Smith calls this bestselling work “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.  
 
Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature, and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable multiplatform artists at work today.

Featuring a postscript with five new photos from Patti Smith

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2015
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
55.9
MB

Customer Reviews

eneld ,

A heartfelt journey

Smith takes the reader on a non-linear ramble through her adult life, exposing countless moments of beauty, in a way that's both deep and, somehow, accessible.

juliusa ,

BEAUTIFUL

This is a magnificent collection of thoughts and experiences from a true talent. Through the tears I felt I was with her and understand, as one Queens native to another, her love of where she lives, the authors she so admires, and the love and loss she feels. Thank you for this wise and gentle book.

nalapoem ,

Beautiful read ❤️

Patti Smith is a poetic genius that transports you into her world of cafes, and personal travels, which are accompanied by her witty and imaginative thoughts. A very dreamy book. I absolutely loved it!

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