- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Harper (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062391223
- ISBN-13: 978-0062391223
- ASIN: 0062391224
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Logical Family: A Memoir Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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“A sweetly frank and funny memoir by a storyteller in the first rank.” (O Magazine)
“Entertaining…. Wry and sharply drawn…. There is a good deal of what one expects from Maupin, wit and heartache rolled up into a tidy package, so that any anecdote can bring an ache of longing and a belly laugh all in the same paragraph. There is also vivid, sharp writing.” (New York Times Book Review)
“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)
“Engaging and revelatory, Maupin’s memoir is a delight, punctuating a distinguished career in letters.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“A book for any of us, gay or straight, who have had to find our family. Maupin is one of America’s finest storytellers, and the story of his life is a story as fascinating, as delightful and as compulsive as any of the tales he has made up for us.” (Neil Gaiman)
“Wise, witty, and beautifully told.” (People, Book of the Week)
“Logical Family gives selflessly of such heartrending experience as it journeys through Maupin’s life.” (Slate)
“Vivid and charming.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“Maupin is a gifted story teller. His memoir packs much into 289 pages.... Humorous and poignant by turns.” (Charlotte News & Observer)
“Engrossing and emotional…. The story is told with such clarity that even those unfamiliar with Maupin’s work can appreciate his life experiences…. The true prize here is the cleverness with which Maupin bares his soul. Maupin ties the bonds of joy and heartache he shares with both his families (biological and ‘logical’), and in so doing he has crafted a nuanced reflection on what it means to love and be loved in a flawed but beautiful world.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
About the Author
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 now The Days of Anna Madrigal. Maupin's other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.
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So much is explained, for fans of his "fiction."
As a fellow child of the South, I relate to so much already.
And, as always, thank you Mr. Maupin.
A joy to read from cover to cover.
Maupin’s skill includes the ability to write about the depth of human relationships, and in particular about friendship, in a way that is deceptively clear and accessible. This is to some extent also a curse, because too often accessibility and popularity are dismissed as signs of superficiality, but it could not be less true in Maupin’s case, as those who have been fortunate enough to read him will know. This memoir confirms him as a wise and powerful voice for not one, but several generations and will leave his readers yearning for more.