Logical Family by Armistead Maupin
A Memoir

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Instead, the easy, breezy quality of the book leaves us with the feeling that we’ve hardly seen a clear interior. It will, and should, please people who admire him and his work already. The book is undeniably entertaining. But one can’t be faulted for wanting more.
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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.

 

About Armistead Maupin

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Armistead Maupin is the author of Maybe the Moon, The Night Listener, and the bestselling Tales of the City series. A new musical based on the first two Tales novels premiered at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in the summer of 2011. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.
 
Published October 3, 2017 by Harper. 309 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jim Grimsley on Dec 08 2017

Instead, the easy, breezy quality of the book leaves us with the feeling that we’ve hardly seen a clear interior. It will, and should, please people who admire him and his work already. The book is undeniably entertaining. But one can’t be faulted for wanting more.

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Oct 08 2017

...is a very easy writer to read. The subtle secrets of his imaginative creations, Anna Madrigal, Michael Tolliver and the rest, however, inevitably made for more seductive stories, in a way, than his own forensic detailing of the truth.

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