Logical Family: A Memoir


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Harper Perennial
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5.5 X 8.0 X 1.2 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Armistead Maupin is the author of the 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 The Days of Anna Madrigal. His other books include the memoir Logical Family and the novels Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. He lives in London with his husband, Christopher Turner.


"Wise, witty, and beautifully told."--People, Book of the Week
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"There could be no more appropriate title for Maupin's own tale, which relates his coming of age from a rigidly conservative Southern childhood to one of the most notable writers of the 20th century. Maupin writes vibrantly.... With just the right amounts of humor, thoughtfulness, and poignancy."--Library Journal, starred review
"Maupin is a sympathetic and soulful storyteller. His account of a past struggle for equality is especially important in our fraught present."--BookPage
"Master storyteller Armistead Maupin -- the man who defined the difference between 'a biological family' and 'a logical family, ' who is both gifted with fearless art and the ability to speak for millions -- finally tells his own story. Logical Family is a sweet, filthy peach of a memoir from a cultural explosion of a man."--Caitlin Moran
"It is easy to understand Maupin's reputation for geniality, given his openheartedness as a person and his honesty as a writer; and that will make this delightful chronicle attractive to a wide range of readers, whether they're familiar with his fiction or not."--Booklist
"Logical Family is a beautiful memoir -- so tender and funny and dignified and kind that it left me a little weepy."--Alan Cumming
"The unflinchingly honest, often humorous, and ultimately powerful memoir of one of the most influential American writers of our time."--The Advocate
"An enormously talented writer--witty but always sympathetic, generous in showing us the secrets of his heart.... By writing about what's seemingly different Armistead Maupin always manages to capture what's so hilariously painfully true for all of us."--Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement
"Maupin deftly illustrates how far America and the pioneering Anna have come, and nearly 40 years into the [Tales of the City] series, his writing remains wildly addictive but is deeper and richer."--People
"Together, the nine volumes of 'Tales' constitute a cultural touchstone that has enlarged our understanding of the varieties of human behavior.... 'Tales of the City' remains an immensely readable accomplishment that wears its significance lightly."--Washington Post
"A consummate entertainer who has made a generation laugh... It is Maupin's Dickensian gift to be able to render love convincingly."--Edmund White, Times Literary Supplement
"Engaging and revelatory, Maupin's memoir is a delight, punctuating a distinguished career in letters."--San Francisco Chronicle