I was also the little girl who wanted to snoop in everyone's closets, and yes - read your diary, so this book held my fancy.
With the possible exception of the late Carolyn Cassady ("Heartbeat" and "Off The Road") Johnson presents a great deal of insight into Kerouac's character.
She is so amazingly insightful and humble and has this ability to tell a story without being competitive or passive aggressive.
It really gets interesting (for anyone who has already read Minor Characters) at the point when the letters are most present: starting more or less in Part III (about a quarter way... Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Michael J. Boyce
Joyce Johnson's "Door Wide Open" is a magnificent memoir of the Beat Generation. It focuses on her romance with Jack Kerouac and is a companion piece to her "Minor Characters". Read morePublished on January 2, 2010 by Lawrence D. Zeilinger
And so is Jack Kerouac. He is also ruining my life.
I love Joyce Johnson. She is so amazingly insightful and humble and has this ability to tell a story without being... Read more
That's something Jack told Joyce once and I think it sums about a great deal about his personal outlook on life. Read morePublished on August 6, 2004 by Meredith Burke
I'm not sure why everyone else has rated this book so highly--I've found it to be quite banal, and sometimes down-right painful to read. Read morePublished on January 22, 2004 by K Scheffler
Jack Kerouac warned Joyce Johnson, nee Glassman, on the first night they spent together, back in 1957, "I don't like blondes. Read morePublished on November 2, 2003 by Jana L. Perskie
Beautiful and elegant. Any woman who's ever been in love with a difficult man will appreciate Joyce Johnson's bittersweet romance.Published on August 1, 2002
early AM, just finished Jerce's book...lovely, thoughtful and sensitive, this is a must for all lovers of Jack! Carpe Diem!!Published on July 25, 2001 by Ame
Door Wide Open is a gathering of love letters between two major figures of the Beat Generation presents works written between 1957-58, exchanged in the course of an on-off... Read morePublished on September 4, 2000 by Midwest Book Review