Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead MaupinLogical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

Logical Family: A Memoir

byArmistead Maupin

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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"A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers."—Neil Gaiman

"I fell in love with Maupin’s effervescent Tales of the City decades ago, and his genius turn at memoir is no less compelling. Logical Family is a must read."—Mary Karr

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 virginity to another man "on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired." Realizing that the South was too small for him, this son of a traditional lawyer packed his earthly belongings into his Opel GT (including a beloved portrait of a Confederate ancestor), and took to the road in search of adventure. It was a journey that would lead him from a homoerotic Navy initiation ceremony in the jungles of Vietnam to that strangest of strange lands: San Francisco in the early 1970s.

Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his "logical family," the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us," he writes. "We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives." From his loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis, to an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, Maupin tells of the extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.

Maupin recalls his losses and life-changing experiences with humor and unflinching honesty, and brings to life flesh-and-blood characters as endearing and unforgettable as the vivid, fraught men and women who populate his enchanting novels. What emerges is an illuminating portrait of the man who depicted the liberation and evolution of America’s queer community over the last four decades with honesty and compassion—and inspired millions to claim their own lives.

Logical Family includes black-and-white photographs.

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series, which includes Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, Michael Tolliver Lives, Mary Ann in Autumn, and The Days of Anna Madrigal. His other books include Maybe the Moon and The Night List...
Title:Logical Family: A MemoirFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.01 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062391224

ISBN - 13:9780062391223


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent memoir Author of the Tales of the City series. Based on his experiences in 1970’s San Francisco and during the AIDS Crisis in the 80’s. Love his memoir as he talks about growing up gay in 1960’s North Carolina, His time fighting in Vietnam and then his move to San Francisco. I loved seeing San Francisco through his eyes and his experiences with Rock Hudson, Sir Ian McKellan and Harvey Milk. Reading his memoir is reading a big chunk of Gay History!
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best memoirs I've ever read! Fascinating. I received this book as a birthday present and I found it to be a fascinating account of a very interesting life! Generally speaking, I don't usually enjoy memoirs. But as Armistead Maupin is a gifted writer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read all the Tales of the City books, but knew very little about the author. Given that he's gay, and lived in San Francisco during the 70s and 80s I figured he must have had an interesting life. Rather than provide an exhaustive account of his life, each chapter deals with a specific incident or time period in his life - starting from his childhood in the southern US, his time in Vietnam, moving out west to San Francisco, and achieving fame as a writer and gay activist. He shares deeply personal stories about his complicated relationship with his parents, and his brush with gay icons Rock Hudson, Harvey Milk and Christopher Isherwood. My only criticism of the book is that I would have loved to hear more about his friendships with these men. Instead he focuses on stories towards the end of their lives, offering a glimpse into a fascinating and turbulent time. I highly recommend this book. It's a terrific account of one man's self discovery, and perseverance. Given the current political climate in the United States today, it's particularly relevant.
Date published: 2018-01-03

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“A consummate entertainer who has made a generation laugh... It is Maupin’s Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly.”