Tales of the City

Tales of the City

Book - 2007
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The first novel in the beloved Tales of the City series, Armistead Maupin's best-selling San Francisco saga, and inspiration for the Netflix original series once again starring Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.

Inspiration for the Netflix Limited Series, Tales of the City

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

For almost four decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture--from a groundbreaking newspaper serial to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of nine novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

Publisher: NY : Harper Perennial, [2007], ©2007
ISBN: 9780061358302
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mau
Description: 371 pages ; 21 cm


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Tales of the City series include More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Babycakes, Significant Others, Sure of You, and more.

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CMLibrary_CBlevins Jan 26, 2020

I couldn’t get invested into the characters and story. The book is collection of short stories that was published in the SF Chronicle, so the book format does not serve the experience as well as a weekly publication.

Nov 09, 2019

This was probably cutting edge, even shocking, when it was released in 1978; but like shag carpet, sadly, it hasn’t aged well.

Aug 19, 2018

Interesting, likeable characters, plus an extraordinary setting make this book thoroughly engaging. Like others have said, it is hard to put down.
The last part of the book felt like a soap opera, though. Left me not wanting to continue the series.

Sep 06, 2017

Addictive. Totally addictive, so beware!! It'll pull you in, keep you interested, keep you questioning and wondering and then have you putting his next one on hold!

Sep 29, 2016

Read Anthony Zedan's comment. He has said it all. Not a native San Franciscan, I loved it. And he is right, I've started the second book. Not a mental or cultural challenge, but fun.

May 31, 2015

A fun and easy read, but you will have to read all three "Tales" books, if you get into the first one. There is so much humor mixed in and the chapters are so short, you will soon lose track of time and find yourself finishing them in no time whatsoever. As a native San Franciscan, these stories capture the wild and crazy ride of San Francisco city life in the 70's.

Mar 02, 2015

I read this book when it first was published and even though it's been nearly 40 years, the stories and how they intertwine still hold together.

Feb 18, 2014

When this book was written in1978, it appeared as a serialization in a San Francisco newspaper. It eventually became a miniseries on TV, and several subsequent volumes were written to keep the characters alive. I found myself loving this book, for it spoke about a time in my life when I was a young mom, not yet 30, and the state of the world I inhabited. Suburban Chicago was much different than "cosmopolitan" San Francisco. And yet, I identified with the struggle each character met as they tried to figure out how they fit into the world as it existed. As a period piece, this novel excels. The author takes an assortment of gay, straight, young, older, socialite, emerging characters and weaves them together via a boarding house and its matriarch (who gives each new resident a token 'toke' made from marijuana she cultivates in her garden). I waxed nostalgic throughout the book's references to Tab cola, Earth Shoes, Ford Falcons, MacArthur Park, and countless others. I liked this book so much I ordered the sequel from Amazon; the Omaha Public Library doesn't carry it. I plan to read my way they the 6 book series and the author's more recent works.

May 29, 2013

Pretty much just a poor man's Confederacy Of Dunces.

Jul 20, 2012

A comedy about the tenants of an apartment building in pre-AIDs San Franscisco. Dated but captures the 1970s West Coast culture and emerging middle class character of bohemian life.

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