Babycakes (Tales of the City Series, V. 4)

by Armistead Maupin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060924837 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingKateKintailwing of Burke, Virginia USA on 7/6/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 6, 2008
Bought off a library sale shelf. Excellent condition.

When an ordinary househusband and his ambitious wife decide to start a family, they discover there's more to making a baby than 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Sunday, July 6, 2008
Adding to my LGBT Bookbox. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 16, 2008
And one last already-read-it, just-commenting-before-sending-it-along book from the LGBT book box:

It was nice to check in with the residents of Barbary Lane once again, although many of them were not having the best time in this installment: Michael's still in mourning, Mary Ann and Brian are stressing about whether or not to have a baby, and Mona's been out of touch for long enough to cause worry to her friends and parent. While these problems all work themselves out one way or another by the end of the book, I found that there were too many deus-ex-machina solutions here - not that the series has ever been short on coincidental meetings, etc, but I thought this one took it a bit far. [The book also dealt more with the AIDs epidemic - which was looming when the book was written - and thus has a darker undercurrent than some of the previous books.]

Still, there were plenty of cute bits of business - starting with the opening chapter, in which we see San Francisco through the eyes of the visiting QE2. And then there's the camping trip... several other gay men are going camping in Death Valley just to get away from it all, and Ned, Michael's partner in the nursery business, talks the too-depressed Michael into going, too.
As dawn crept over Death Valley, Michael stirred in his sleeping bag and catalogued the sounds of the desert: the twitter of tiny birds, the frantic scampering of kangaroo rats, the soothing rustle of the wind in the mesquite trees...

"Oh, no! The vinaigrette leaked!"
As Ned remarks, once the laughter has died down, "That's the nelliest thing that's ever been said in Death Valley."

I also enjoyed Michael's trip, including the tired/disappointed/will-it-ever-stop-raining aspects - and young Wilfred, and the fox. And phallic hyacinths (I'd never thought of them that way before, possibly because I've never planted pink ones {grin}).

Journal Entry 4 by laevina from Denver, Colorado USA on Friday, August 22, 2008
Great book! I love this author.

Journal Entry 5 by wingKateKintailwing from Burke, Virginia USA on Monday, September 29, 2008
Came back to me in the LGBT Bookbox. Sorry none of the participants wanted it. I shall try to find it another home elsewhere!

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