Logical Family

Logical Family

A Memoir

Book - 2017
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"The long-awaited memoir from the beloved author of the bestselling Tales of the City series. 'Sooner or later, no matter where in the world we live, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us. We have to, if we are to live without squandering our lives.'--from Logical Family. 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. Over the course of the next forty years Maupin would weave his impressions of the city into an epic urban saga: Tales of the City would provide him with a very public coming-out platform and forever transform both his politics and his heart. With humor and unflinching honesty, Maupin brings to life flesh-and-blood characters every bit as endearing and indelible as the vivid men and women who populate his novels. Logical Family offers an unforgettable portrait of the man who chronicled 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."--Jacket.
Published: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062391223
Branch Call Number: B MAU
Characteristics: 292 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Jan 30, 2018

I loved the '90's miniseries "Tales of the City" with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis. In Logical Family Maupin not only chronicles his life but also the time where there was a pivotal transition in the awareness and acceptance/non-acceptance of sexual identity. He was actively involved at a time where AIDS was epidemic, Rock Hudson's sexuality was questionable, Harvey Milk was murdered, and Anita Bryant was on her anti-gay crusade. The book was easy to read as Maupin paralleled his upbringing and life to the greater events and commentary of a homophobic time.

Dec 13, 2017

A fine and breezy read chronicling the Southern boyhood, coming of age adventures, sexual awakening and adult accomplishments of the pioneering author of the popular "Tales of The City" stories. I will admit I sought "Logical Family" mainly because I was curious about Maupin's friendship and youthful fling with screen legend Rock Hudson, but the book offers so much more than gossip. Each chapter of the book is introduced by pages of black and white photos of Maupin at various periods of his life; these include a beautiful drawing by artist Don Bachardy, life partner of legendary novelist Christopher Isherwood ("A Single Man" and "Berlin Stories"--the source material for "Cabaret").
Maupin's memoir concludes with a reprint of the moving "Letter to Mama, written originally for his "Tales" protagonist Michael Tolliver in the era of Anita Bryant's mean-spirited and misguided "Save The Children" anti-gay crusade. Since its publication "Letter To Mama" has been celebrated as an enduring coming out message of hope, love and empowerment.


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ellensix Jan 08, 2018

Until the day she died my mother never stopped worrying about how I appeared to the world.

ellensix Jan 08, 2018

My youth would be like that, the slow decay of cherished myths—about politics and race, about love itself—until nothing was left but compost from which something authentic could finally begin to grow.


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