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Significant Others (1988)

by Armistead Maupin

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definitely the best in the series so far. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Most light-hearted of the second group of three books, with a wonderful farcical story line involving neighbouring all-male and all-female holiday retreats. There's a new romantic interest for Michael, whilst Mary Ann and Brian and DeDe and D'Or all find their relationships being tested. AIDS is still there in the background, but we're allowed to feel a little bit more positive about life. ( )
  thorold | May 2, 2012 |
Readers familiar with Maupin's Tales of the City series will greet this latest installment like a welcome visit from old friends. Once again, the action focuses on the misadventures of a cross-section of San Franciscans, who this time take to the country for a late summer weekend in three separate gender-segregated retreats: a gay resort, a lesbian music festival and the infamous encampment of privilege at Bohemian Grove. While the trio of settings couldn't be farther apart in spiritat least on the surfacethey all are within shouting distance of each other on the banks of the Russian River, and the three worlds, inevitably, collide.
  QAHC_CCCL | Jul 14, 2009 |
Inscribed: "Of this special edition of the Tales of the City series 150 have been specially bound and slipcased. Each volume in the set is signed by the author and numbered. This is number 95." ( )
  latinobookgeek | Jun 11, 2007 |
Maupin’s Tales of the City series (including this book) 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. ( )
  miketroll | Mar 16, 2007 |
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If you go down in the woods today
You'd better not go alone.
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.
For every Bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic
- children's song, 1907
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For Terry Anderson, who took his time getting here 
For Jane Stuart Maupin, who has been there all along
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Brian's internal clock almost always woke him at four fifty-six, giving him four whole minutes to luxuriate in the naked human body next to him.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060924810, Paperback)

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

Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer and the world's most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.

"Comedy in its most classical form...some of the sharpest and most speakable dialogue you are ever likely to read."
--The Guardian

"The color is wonderful, the line bold and flowing. It is also wise, witty, loving and caring about the foibles and frailties we all seem to have."
--David Hockney

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:14 -0400)

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Tranquillity reigns in the ancient redwood forest until a women-only music festival sets up camp downriver from an all-male retreat for the ruling class. Among those entangled in the ensuing mayhem are a lovesick nurseryman, a panic-stricken philanderer, and the world's most beautiful fat woman. Significant Others is Armistead Maupin's cunningly observed meditation on marriage, friendship, and sexual nostalgia.… (more)

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