Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin (1979-89)

This is my second reading of this immensely entertaining series of books about the swinging inhabitants of Mrs. Madrigal’s apartment building on Barbary Lane. Set dead center in the 1970s, and filled with humor, naiveté, sex, drugs, high society, mystery, friendship, love and melodrama, I guarantee anyone who reads this series will not long forget the vividly drawn characters, steeped in period references that will make you cringe and laugh out loud.

Even if you’ve seen the TV series based on this first two books, I encourage everyone to meet the gang where they first appeared, on the page–read the books and read them all.

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