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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Editorial Reviews

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: 298,234
  • 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, which 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. Maupin's other novels include Maybe the Moon and The Night Listener. Maupin was the 2012 recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Pioneer Award. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, the photographer Christopher Turner.

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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

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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

    more from this reviewer

    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 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)
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    <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)
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    <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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Willow's bio

    Name:Willow Seibt

    Age:12

    Description:long curly brown hair and pale green eyes is about 5'2"

    Personality: likes to ride horses,sing, and read.

    District:10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    §єЂ'§ bio

    Name:<br>
    Seth<p>
    Age:<br>
    16<p>
    Other:<br>
    Dont ask.

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