M Train by Patti Smith 253 pages

Poetically profound, this second unconventional memoir of Smith’s, describes, for the most part, her life after the death of her husband and brother.  Dreams are interwoven with reality and exotic sites are written side by side with the constants of Smith’s daily life.  There are also sections telling of her awe of certain authors who have made an impact on her and why.  Interspersed throughout this magical memoir are photos taken, most of them with an old Polaroid camera.

M Train is not the type of work that grabs the reader immediately.  Rather, I found that certain images and events of Smith’s popped into my head days after I finished her final chapter.

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M Train by Patti Smith 253 pages

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