Maupin, Armistead. “Logical Family: A Memoir’, HarperCollins, 2017.
Coming in October, 2017
Here is one of the books that we have been waiting for and it looks we are going to have to wait just a bit longer. Lucky for me—I have some inside scoops to hold you over. Most of us have followed Armistead Maupin via his “Tales of the City” series and as we did, we found a great sense of family. Now we learn about the writer’s real family and life. Here is Maupin’s life from the Old South to the city by the bay. We learn how he evolved from a curious kid to a writer and pioneer for gay rights and we should not forget for a moment that it has been Maupin’s rendering of gay people that brought us into homes across this country.
Maupin was born and raised in conservative North Carolina losing his virginity to another man “on the very spot where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.” It did not take long for him to realize that Realizing that the South was too small for him so he packed his bags and said goodbye to his family and took off in search of adventure. He soon found himself in the jungles of Vietnam before coming to San Francisco in the early 1970s.
He was soon in search for what he called his “logical family,” made up of 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 had a long term and loving relationship with his palm-reading Grannie who insisted Maupin was the reincarnation of her artistic bachelor cousin, Curtis and he was part of an awkward conversation about girls with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. Maupin has had a wonderful life that has included extraordinary individuals and situations that shaped him into one of the most influential writers of the last century.
Maupin shares his losses and life-changing experiences with humor and candor. He introduces us to some unforgettable characters as well as some who are endearing. It is not difficult to see where he drew from to create his characters for the “Tales” series. We see Maupin as a man who was able to faithfully give us the LGBT community of this country and for over forty years now, he has inspired millions. The nine books that make up the “Tales of the City” are pioneering and addictive and have allowed us to gain a better understanding of who we are. Now we get the chance to see who Armistead Maupin really is and we love him all the more.