Babycakes (Tales of the City Series #4)

Babycakes (Tales of the City Series #4)

by Armistead Maupin


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ISBN-13: 9780060964078
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/1989
Series: Tales of the City Series , #4
Pages: 336

About the Author

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.


San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

May 13, 1944

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Armistead Maupin is a true original. His tales are bang up to date. They will surprise and maybe shock you, but, I promise, they will make you laugh.

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Babycakes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
SF_Reader More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
presto on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I think this is the best yet of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. In addition to favourite characters Michael alias Mouse, Mary-Ann and Brian, Mona and Mrs Madrigal, we have a handsome young English sailor who jumps ship (the Britannia no less), a gay English lord, and a delightful young aborigine Londoner. If you haven¿t guessed some of the action takes place in England.I read this some time after reading the preceding Tales of the City books, but very quickly picked up with the familiar characters. Full of unlikely coincidences, Babycakes is not just as funny, possibly even the funniest so far, but is also especially heart-warming with so many endearing individuals, Michael really wins our hearts as does his mischievous young aborigine friend.
tls1215 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved all of the Tales of the City books so much that I read one each day when I was on a week-long beach vacation. I don't normally pay full price for books, but I had only brought the first 3 with me, and ended up buying the last three at B&N.
miketroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maupin¿s Tales of the City series (this is No.4) set in San Francisco is easy to read, gently amusing, lightweight, often sentimental and saccharine. Probably a big influence on TV shows like Friends and Sex In The City. More recently, Alexander McCall Smith has successfully emulated Maupin's achievement of writing his novels in the 44 Scotland Street series as daily newspaper instalments (in The Scotsman).
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maupin's delightful and fascinating characters find their way through San Francisco in the late 70s. AIDS and social awareness has crept into the lives of the inhabitants of Barbary Lane. The party is winding down. Michael and Mary Ann are no longer kids.
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brjunkie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second fuqqen book ehh