Just Kids by Patti Smith. Brooklyn, 1967: On her first day in New York City, an idealistic 20-year-old poet meets a handsome young artist. They fall in love--and become friends for life. "Just Kids," Patti Smith's profoundly moving, lyrical memoir about her friendship with late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, broke my heart. [Kristen]
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.): Tilar J. Mazzeo: 9780061288586: Amazon.com: Books If there was ever a doubt that a handful of influential women shaped the Champagne business, this book quickly dispels that notion. But that isn't the only reason to read it. Read it instead for the insights into the formative years of the powerhouse business that almost wasn't - fine Champagnes. Great bits of trivia for any wine buff.