Logical Family by Armistead Maupin

Logical Family

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 w...

Details Logical Family

TitleLogical Family
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Biography, Glbt, Queer, Biography Memoir

Reviews Logical Family

  • Jill Meyer
    Armistead Maupin, that gay southern boy with the very good manners, is the author of the "Tales of the City" series, as well as couple of standalone novels. In this memoir, "Logical Family", Maupin recounts his "families" - both birth and acquired - with beautiful writing and almost sublime graciousness. He's cautious in what he should reveal...and what not to. And, believe me, that ability can make or break a memoir. "Logical Family" is the sel...
  • Monika
    This was good and in many places, quite touching. I'm glad I read it. I especially appreciated reading about his experiences being in the military during the Vietnam War. But I couldn't get past the cis male gaze whenever he referred to trans women (real or fictional). Deadnaming and inconsistent gendering, and using the trans experience as a plot device. Otherwise, a lovely and heartfelt memoir. 3 1/2 stars.
  • Janet
    Many straight Americans first learned of the San Francisco gay scene in the 1980's from “Tales of the City”, either the novel, based on a San Francisco Chronicle daily newspaper serial, or the television mini-series. Armistad Maupin, the right writer was in the right place at the right time, as a participant and observer of San Francisco gay life during the crucial period which included the beginning of AIDS and the murder of Harvey Milk. He ...
  • David
    Just saw a documentary about the author, so when I saw this book, I bought I immediately. Turns out, he told a good many of these stories in the film, and I read in the acknowledgment that these were stories told onstage before they were put in this book. But I am glad to have the book, because I may not see the doc again, but I can always re-read the book. And despite the fact that these are not all happy memories (whose memories are all happy?)...
  • Allison
    It may not be 5 stars for everyone else, but if you love Armistead Maupin (like I do) I don't know how you can't love this book. I had no idea Armistead came from such a conservative background and learned so much and found the last few chapters quite touching.
  • Philip
    Many thanks to my colleague Linda for picking up an ARC of Armistead Maupin's memoir, Logical Family: A Memoir. I've been a huge Maupin fan my entire adult life having discovered Tales way back in college and following Armistead through all 9 books in the magical series as well as loving The Night Listener and especially Maybe the Moon. I own all three book adaptations on DVD and look forward to the next incarnation which has been hinted about on...
  • June
    I laughed, I cried. What more can you ask for?
  • Kevin
    Armistead Maupin is an extraordinary storyteller, and fans of his novels (including the nine-volume Tales of the City saga) will rejoice that he's finally written a memoir. While most of Logical Family focuses on Maupin's youth (or "the thirty-some years it took me to claim my truth"), the action frequently jumps ahead to introduce his husband, Christopher, or to finish up tales about his friendships with Rock Hudson ("buddies with occasional ben...
  • Trish
    3.5 So following on from David Sedaris' diaries, I picked up another memoir from a storytelling gay man who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Armistead Maupin and David Sedaris may have those three things in common but their autobiographical stories are vastly different. I was somewhat primed for Maupin’s memoir – having seen the documentary on his life, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, only a few months ago. Primed or spoiled? As read...
  • Craig
    Armistead Maupin saved my life. I'm sure he saved the lives of thousands of other young queer people with his work. Warts (outing Rock Hudson) and all, he presents his story of growing up in the South while queer. Interestingly enough, he coined the term "logical family" as opposed to "biological family," and it almost seems like there is a bittersweet deconstruction of this by the end of the book. I always took "biological family" to be a pejora...
  • Aj
    Excellent memoir covering Maupins early days, striving to be the Young Conservative that will please his father, through his military service and on to his blossoming in San Francisco. A must-read for Maupin fans, and/or people interested in LGBTQ history, as Maupin has seen much of a critical era up-close and first-hand. Filled with great stories, as one would imagine from a talented writer who is/was friends with Rock Hudson, Ian McKellen, Chri...
  • Jeff
    A Great BookI have read all of the Tales of the City books. In Logical Family, the author explains the inspirations for the characters and events. Armistead Maupin relives his life and his acension as a very good author. His relationship with his family is funny, touching, and a little sad.I highly recommend this book.
  • John Carter
    MemoriesThis memoir brought back many memories of my life in San Francisco from 1976 to 1981. Gratuitous name dropping was distracting. The recollections of the city’s unique residents was much more enjoyable. I miss those parrots.
  • Phil Devereux
    Another perfect book from my all-time favourite author. Even when telling the stories of his own life, he manages to effortlessly bring in humour, pathos, suspense and surprises. As always, my only complaint is that I want more! Absolutely sublime.
  • Patti
    A great read for anyone familiar with Tales of the City series. This fascinating memoir is historical and great epilogue to the 11 novels he’s written since the 1980’s.
  • Armando C.
    There is nothing better than then the words of Armistead Maupin. His words are comfort. His words are warmth. And his words seep into your soul.
  • Susan Bell
    Wonderful-funny and touching.