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National Best Seller 

From the National Book Award–winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of the cafés and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as “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, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer’s society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 6
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

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 ,


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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