Babycakes (Tales of the City Series #4)

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"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."
New York Times Book Review

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.

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Overview

"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco."
New York Times Book Review

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby then meets the eye. Help arrives in the form of a grieving gay neighbor, a visiting monarch, and the dashing young lieutenant who defects from her yacht. Bittersweet and profoundly affecting, Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.

"Armistead is a true original. His tales are bang up-to-date. They will surprise and maybe even shock you, but, I promise, they will make you laugh."
—Ian McKellen

"Maupin has a genius for observation. His characters have the timing of vaudeville comics, flawed by human frailty and fueled by blind hop."
—Denver Post

"Armistead Maupin's San Francisco saga careens beautifully on."
— New York Times Book Review

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Denver Post
Maupin has a genius for observation. His characters have the timing of vaudeville comics, flawed by human frailty and fueled by blind hop.
New York Times Book Review
Armistead Maupin's San Francisco saga careens beautifully on.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060924836
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: Tales of the City Series , #4
  • Edition description: 1st HarperPerennial ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 130,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Armistead  Maupin

Armistead Maupin is the author of the nine-volume Tales of the City series that 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 now The Days of Anna Madrigal. The first three books were made into three television miniseries starring Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney. Maupin’s other books include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award. He lives in Santa Fe with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

Biography

In 1976, a groundbreaking serial called Tales of the City first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. This masterfully rendered portrait of the interweaving relationships of the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco's Russian Hill was both an instant smash and a source of controversy as it paid particular mind to the city's strong gay community. In spite of naysayers such as anti-gay crusader and orange juice hawker Anita Bryant, Tales of the City attracted a legion of devoted followers. Readers of the Chronicle were known to Xerox copies of the stories and pass them on to friends. Tales of the City themed scavenger hunts were held throughout San Francisco. A local pub even named a drink after one of the serial's protagonists, Anna Madrigal. In 1978, a collection of the stories were gathered together into an extremely popular volume. Most important of all, Tales of the City became a watershed work of gay literature. Who would have thought that its openly gay author emerged from a highly conservative family in North Carolina, did several tours in the U.S. Navy, or once worked for uber-right wing future senator Jesse Helms? Well, Armistead Maupin is nothing if not an individual as complex and refreshing as one of his characters.

While Maupin's upbringing could have primed him to lean as far right as Helms, his interests lay elsewhere. Following his stint in the Navy, in which he served during the Vietnam War, Maupin moved to California. Having settled in San Francisco, he became deeply fascinated by the complexity of its community. His Tales of the City reflects that complexity. The characters are finely detailed and diverse. At 28 Barbary Lane, eccentrics live alongside naïve Midwesterners, romantics alongside skirt-chasers. Maupin infused his stories with ample amounts of humor and humanity, as well as a stiff dose of social commentary. Through six series of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin lead his characters and his audience from the sexually free ‘70s through the disillusioning ‘80s when conservatism became de rigeur and AIDS reared its hideous head.

Tales of the City went on to spawn a critically acclaimed and successful string of novels, including More Tales of the City, Babycakes, and Significant Others. Maupin finally put his series to rest in 1989 with Sure of You, the only Tales book that had not been serialized. Although the literary life of Tales of the City had come to an end, it picked up a new life -- and many new fans -- when it was adapted into three popular television miniseries, first for PBS and then for the Showtime cable network. Meanwhile, Armistead Maupin was branching out beyond Barbary Lane with his first non-series novel. Maybe the Moon, a biting, moving, and wholly entertaining satire of the movie industry, proved that the writer had the chops to expand his repertoire without losing his edge. The fable-like tale of Cadence Roth -- actress and Guinness Book record holder for the title of the shortest woman alive -- won applause from Publishers Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Herald, Mademoiselle, and a score of others.

Following an 8-year hiatus, Maupin finally published his second non-series novel in 2000. The Night Listener, a riveting thriller about the relationship between a radio-show host and an ailing 13-year old writer, found Maupin exploring fascinating new avenues. Once again, the critics stood up for an ovation. Now, movie audiences will be getting the chance to do so, as well, as a big screen adaptation of The Night Listener starring Robin Williams, Toni Collette, and Rory Culkin and scripted by Maupin is currently hitting theaters.

Although Maupin has more than proved that there is life after Tales of the City, his fans still want to know if he will be revisiting the folks at Barbary Lane sometime in the future. Well, all Maupin had to say on that subject on literarybent.com is, "I never say never about anything, so it's not inconceivable that at some point in the future I may get really desperate and write a stocking stuffer called Christmas at Barbary Lane. But don't bank on it."

Good To Know

When it comes to Armistead Maupin's name, don't believe the rumors. Although it has long been speculated that his moniker is an invention of the author (after all, "Armistead Maupin" is an anagram for "is a man I dreamt up"), the writer insists that Armistead Maupin is, indeed, his given name.

In 1995, Maupin lent his voice to The Celluloid Closet, an HBO documentary about the history of the depictions of gays and lesbians in American cinema.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 13, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Education:
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    I love the Tales of the City series and I also really enjoyed th

    I love the Tales of the City series and I also really enjoyed this particular book; however, it has completely turned me off from ever buying a Barnes and Noble eBook. There are so many typographical errors in the Nook version of this book that it became ridiculously distracting. With in the first 100 pages I found at least 20 errors, some of them on consecutive pages! I contacted customer support and received a "sorry for the inconvenience" email. Highly recommend the book but buy it from somewhere other than B&N.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Babycakes, Book 4

    Mary Ann and Brian's marriage is in trouble, because he wants to be a father, but her job as a reporter is too demanding. I feel sad for Mouse, because Jon has passed away from AIDS. (Babycakes was the first work of fiction to acknowledge the arrival of AIDS.) A lieutenant from the Britannia has jumped ship, and traded apartments with Mouse. Mona is living in Seattle and wonders if it has been too long to reconnect with her family at Barbary Lane.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2003

    Great Series

    This is the funniest, wildest and craziest series I have ever read. I found I could not put the book done. I would stay up all night to finish. You think you know where the book is going but you don't have a clue. It is so fun and tantalizing this should be a must read for anyone with a sense of humor. I have recommended this series to many friends and we have all agreed. It is the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2000

    Maupin Does It Again!

    I've read the three preceeding Tales of the City books and this was one of my two favorites. Maupin is a wonderful writer. His style is so familiar and warm that you simply cannot put down his work. BabyCakes is a prime example. This is an outstanding book for any writer interested in learning how to draw the reader into a story and keep him or her there. I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Skylars bio

    Name Skylar
    age: 14
    Gender:Female
    District: 4 fishing
    Looks: detailed light blue eyes, blond hair in a high ponytail little above elbow length really pretty
    Clothing in the games: black jacket whiteish/gray tank top navy blue jeggings black lether hunters boots
    Best at using: knives, bow, a spear strapped to her back or a shortish dagger
    Personality: feirce but not bloodthirsty and vicous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Ari's Bio

    Name: Ari Thompson










    Age: 12










    District: 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Glimmer's AutoBiography

    Name- Glimmer Shorewire <p> Gender- &female <p> Height- 5'6 <p> Appearance- Looks exactly like Glimmer in the Hunger Games <p> Personality- Kind, Helpful, Loyal, Sweet. <p> District- Helps all....will join someones district if asked. <p> Skills- Archery, Throwing knives, Running, Climbing, Swimming. She is very agile.. <p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Claude BIO

    ~Name: Claude Calley
    ~Gender: male
    ~Age: 15
    ~District: 4
    ~Skills/Weapons: swimming, assorted daggers, a trident, nets, and a spear.
    ~Appearance: He has unkempt hair that falls in his face. He keeps it in a samurai ponytail. He has dark brown eyes. He wears a black leather jacket, jeans, shin guards, and tan sandals.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Alishia

    Name- Alishia Holsterfeild <br> Age- 13 <br> Gender- &female <br> District- 12 <br> Eyes- Dark dark brown with gold flecks <br> Hair- Jet black shoulder length straight hair <br> Skin- Tan <br> Skills: Everything, and nothing. She took after katniss and knows how to hunt and use a bow really good. She is also a little like rue, good with plants, but not as good. Good with animals. <br> Persona: Kind, generous, loyal, honest(ish), brave, strong, funny, and yeah. <br> Symbol is &#123456789 just in case...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    &star Rune's Bio 1.2 &star

    Name: Rune
    <br>
    <p>
    Age: 12
    <br>
    <p>
    Gender: &female
    <br>
    <p>
    Description: smallish, really average. She is light, which makes climbing and running easy for her. She is really fast, and quite strong. She is really really smart. Her hair is black and falls to midback in a ponytail. Her skin is tanned, and her eyes are peircing green, flecked with amber.
    <br>
    <p>
    Allies: Carmen (alive), Levi (dead. Twilli killed him), and maybe Alishia (alive)
    <br>
    <p>
    Family: Volton (3-year old brother, dead), Camsin (16-year old sister, killed at games a few years back), Mereth (mom, crazy), Volt (dad, crazy)
    <br>
    <p>
    Weapons/Skills: fast, smart, kinda strong, archery, pair of daggers, traps, and medicine/plants
    <br>
    <p>
    District: 3
    <br>
    <p>
    ~Ru&eta&epsilon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Eli

    Name: Eliza Whitney
    <p>
    District: 4
    <p>
    Personality: smart, strong, very fast and agile, witty, and if you get in her way, WATCH OUT.
    <p>
    Looks: petite, with dark curly hair, blue eyes.
    <p>
    Skills: knives, bow and arrow, swimming, and running.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Mallory

    Name: Mallory Retesic <p> Age: 16 <p> Gender: Girl <p> Personality: Tough, ruthless, witty, intelligent and strong. She is also helping, and has a heart for young kids. (Has a younder sister named Anya) <p> Looks: A short girl (5'3") with firey red har that goes to the bottoms of her shoulder blades. Has stunning green eyes. <p> Weapons: Knows how to use a bow, daggars and throwing knives but can use anthing (she i a fast learner). <p> District: Not that it matters, 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Jason

    Looks- Tan skin, has facial hair that is considered "Fade." (Barely visible beard/mustache.) He isn't really muscular, has brown hair and a crew cut. He has a blue eye and the other white. He is kind of handsome, but has a scar on his left eye. <p>
    Skills- First aid, stealth, two blade-combat, strength, speed, and agility. He has some skills with the bow&arrow. <p>
    District- 12 <p>
    Gender-male <p>
    Personality- get to know me. <p>
    Crush- none. Duh. <p>
    I think that's all......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Katniss

    Bios watxh the hunger games

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Felicity

    Name: Felicity. Age: 15. District: 5. Weapon: Traps and throwing knives. Um yep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Hatchet

    Age: 13. Appearance: Brown hair and eyes. Tanned skin and a bright smile.
    Personality: cheerful. Funny. Stratigist. Brave. Never gives up. Protective. Districy: 7. Weapons: sword but can also use arrows.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Tyrek

    Name: Look up. <p> Gender: Male <p> District: 1 <p> Weapon: Mace, spear, butterfly knife...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Connor

    Age:16 looks: tall dark and brooding personality. But he opens up one you know him. Skills: swordplay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    Clove's Up-Updated Biography

    Name: Clove Anderson. Age: 13. Year: Second. Weapons: throwing knives. Allies: Zoey, Hatchet, and Twili. Enemies: Mallory, Glimmer, sister Ari, and former threat Twili, who has turned out to be a great ally. Likes: reading, writing, hanging out with friends, and exploring. Dislikes: killing people, seeing people so near and dear being killed, cats, dogs, the Capitol, muttations, the Hunger Games itself, District 2, school, brightness, and being in closed-in spaces. Her Day at the Reaping: District Two has a real stage where the Reapings are held yearly. She and her sister Ari were called. Wears: brown leggings, a white waist-length shirt, with knee-length black boots. Looks: exactly like Clove from the Hunger Games. Family: Aunt Clove (dead), mother Ella (dead), father Abraham (dead), sister Ari (drowned in small pond inside the Arena.) Odd Clove Habits: bites off skin when nervous, tired, or sad. Right then, she often tends to stutter, also. She is, much like Zoey, fierce, but vicious only when needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Jake

    Age 17 appearence 6ft strong build brown hair blue eyes district 12 personality doesnt like to be teased freindly out going protective determined

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