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Tales of the City, Vol 1
Tales of the City Vol 1
Author: Armistead Maupin
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed a singular 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 six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales is both a wry co...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060964047
ISBN-10: 0060964049
Publication Date: 10/18/1989
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 106 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 7
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Helpful Score: 2
I totally enjoyed this one and already ordered the next 3 in the series (found them here, of course). These are tales of San Francisco in its hey-day. Lives overlap and intertwine. Short "segments" make for a fast read. Fun and fast, with interesting characters. Some nice, some not so nice, but all with their own story. I wish I had seen the PBS mini-series. I want to live at 28 Barbary Lane and meet Anna Madrigal and the other tenants.
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this is the first book in a series of about 5 books. the author lives and works in San Franscico and the book comes from his daily column in the local newspaper.
if you are a child of the '70's and you are not easily offended by pot smoking,gays and lesbians and just plain funny stuff...then read this book and then the rest of the series
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A fun read with many interesting characters
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Good book. Very interesting about San Francisco in the '70s. A great cast of characters. Would love to watch the TV miniseries.
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I grew up in San Francisco and I got a kick out of reading about how different it was in the aftermath of the Summer of Love but before AIDS...but some things never change...the Marina Safeway is still considered "Singles Safeway," Baker Beach is still clothing optional, and the Buena Vista is still serving their signature Irish Coffees.
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I love this book! The pace is good, it's a quick easy read and the characters are so interesting. I can't wait to get the rest of the books in this series!

I also recommend seeing the PBS miniseries based on this book. I saw that first and fell in love with the story, thus wanting to read the book it was based on....

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