Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

Logical Family: A Memoir

In this long-awaited memoir, the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series chronicles his odyssey from the old South to freewheeling San Francisco, and his evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer.Born in the mid-twentieth century and raised in the heart of conservative North Carolina, Armistead Maupin lost his virginit...

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  • Jill Meyer
    Armistead Maupin, that gay southern boy with the very good manners, is the author of the "Tales of the City" series, as well as couple of standalone novels. In this memoir, "Logical Family", Maupin recounts his "families" - both birth and acquired - with beautiful writing and almost sublime gracious...
  • Janet
    Many straight Americans first learned of the San Francisco gay scene in the 1980's from “Tales of the City”, either the novel, based on a San Francisco Chronicle daily newspaper serial, or the television mini-series. Armistad Maupin, the right writer was in the right place at the right tim...
  • Julie Ehlers
    I grew up in a small blue-collar Catholic town where there weren't exactly a lot of different models for how a person might choose to live his or her life. I somehow emerged from my (also Catholic) university a more progressive person than when I'd gone in, but I still couldn't conceive of a life be...
  • Heather Fineisen
    This memoir is hit and miss. Some of the chapterscreally resonated with me and some didn't. Maupin can tell a story and he shines when writing about his family or his inspiration for Tales of the City. I found his Navy recollections my least favorite. There is some famous names peppered throughout--...
  • Monika
    This was good and in many places, quite touching. I'm glad I read it. I especially appreciated reading about his experiences being in the military during the Vietnam War. But I couldn't get past the cis male gaze whenever he referred to trans women (real or fictional). Deadnaming and inconsistent ge...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Engaging memoir by this author, who was raised in the South by a father who was a raging racist and homophobe. Hiding his own sexuality caused much conflict within himself, and in trying to please his father he enrolled in law school, which he soon dropped out. Then he joined the service and was...
  • Tim Pinckney
    Easily my favorite book this year. He makes me laugh out loud. But, on the train home tonight, I was crying. Out loud. Armistead Maupin is a national treasure. If you don't know his books, jump into "Tales of the City" - you have a great ride ahead....
  • Dan
    Maupin's personal life is just as fascinating as his fictional one. This memoir is filled with hilarious stories about his childhood, his time in the Navy, and his life in San Francisco. There are poignant moments that show how his conservative stances in his early life were equal parts a plea for h...
  • Michael
    As with the series that made him famous, Maupin's memoir moves at a rapid pace, rarely dwelling on any one episode for more than a moment. Opting for breadth over depth, Maupin covers many years over the course of twenty short chapters; the first half of the memoir recounts his conservative youth sp...

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