u003cbu003eu003ciu003eNew York Timesu003c/iu003e Best Selleru003cbru003e u003cbru003e From the National Book Award-winning author of u003ciu003eJust Kidsu003c/iu003e and u003ciu003eM Trainu003c/iu003e, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.u003c/bu003eu003cbru003e u003cbru003e Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland with no design, yet heeding signs--including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith--inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing--the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e Smith melds the western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places, this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment set in. But as Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader: her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope for a better world.u003cbru003e u003cbru003e Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, u003ciu003eYear of the Monkeyu003c/iu003e is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.