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Logical Family

Logical Family

A Memoir

eBook - 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 KarrIn 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2017
ISBN: 9780062391230
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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When friends become our families of choice, their characters become our personal touchstones. Maupin paints them vividly here.

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Jan 31, 2020

Excellent autobiography from a really talented writer whose background made life complicated, but who rose above that background (not without some difficulty) and was a front-runner in equal rights for all.

Oct 09, 2019

Even if you are not a fan of Armistead Maupin, you will enjoy the fun and charming memoir by the author of the popular Tales of the City stories.

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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