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Tales of the City

Maupin, Armistead

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Tales of the City
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A naive young secretary forsakes Cleveland for San Francisco, tumbling headlong into a brave new world of laundromat lotharios and cutthroat debutantes.

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Publisher: NY : Harper Perennial c2007
ISBN: 0061358304
9780061358302
Branch Call Number: FIC MAUPIN 2007
Characteristics: 371, 20 p. ; 21 cm

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Feb 18, 2014
  • pattyloucor67 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When this book was written in1978, it appeared as a serialization in a San Francisco newspaper. It eventually became a miniseries on TV, and several subsequent volumes were written to keep the characters alive. I found myself loving this book, for it spoke about a time in my life when I was a young mom, not yet 30, and the state of the world I inhabited. Suburban Chicago was much different than "cosmopolitan" San Francisco. And yet, I identified with the struggle each character met as they tried to figure out how they fit into the world as it existed. As a period piece, this novel excels. The author takes an assortment of gay, straight, young, older, socialite, emerging characters and weaves them together via a boarding house and its matriarch (who gives each new resident a token 'toke' made from marijuana she cultivates in her garden). I waxed nostalgic throughout the book's references to Tab cola, Earth Shoes, Ford Falcons, MacArthur Park, and countless others. I liked this book so much I ordered the sequel from Amazon; the Omaha Public Library doesn't carry it. I plan to read my way they the 6 book series and the author's more recent works.

May 29, 2013
  • lokiskywalker rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Pretty much just a poor man's Confederacy Of Dunces.

Jul 20, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A comedy about the tenants of an apartment building in pre-AIDs San Franscisco. Dated but captures the 1970s West Coast culture and emerging middle class character of bohemian life.

Jul 20, 2012
  • virgogirl73 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Such a great read I couldn't put it down. The author has a great writing style and keeps the reader engaged. All of the characters were written fantastically and made you that much more interested in their lives.

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Armistead Maupin at the San Francisco Public Library

KM Soehnlein interviews Armistead Maupin about "Tales of the City," Jackie O, Burning Man, and Jesse Helms rolling in his grave. For almost four decades, "Tales of the City" has blazed its own trail through popular culture—from a groundbreaking San Francisco Chronicle newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco, "Tales" is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live. San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to celebrate Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City during our 10th Annual One City One Book. Library bookshelves were stocked with fresh copies of this beloved book that celebrates San Francisco in the 1970s! Citywide programming took place during September and October.

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