Logical Family: A Memoir, by Armistead Maupin

Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this for bookclub. I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise. I was surprised that I really enjoyed it! I knew very little about the author before reading it.

I think that I may have enjoyed it more if I had read the author’s work, and had a little more knowledge of San Francisco history. The book covered a lot of topics that I should have known more about, since I grew up in the city. Most of the events happened when I was a child, though. It gave me more to think about. I will be researching more of the history because of this book.

I also look forward to reading the author’s other books. They’ve been on my TBR list for a while. This book might be the motivation that I needed to get started on them.

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Logical Family: A Memoir

Bay area book festival

On May 4 & 5, there is a book festival going on near me. I bought my tickets already. I am so excited. I went with my cousin a couple of years ago and loved it.  I will be looking over the schedule soon, to see which authors I would like to hear speak.  I was lucky enough to find some authors whose books I had read in the past.  I hope to be star struck again this year.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

I bought my ticket to this event!  “Tickets are the price of the book.”  Well, not quite, but I figure the extra cost will cover the event, too.  It sounds like a good talk.  I can’t wait to read the book.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:30pm
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The Bindery hosts a special evening with Amber Tamblyn, to celebrate her new book of essays Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. We had a packed house for Amber when she came through town for Any Man, so if you want to make sure you get a seat we strongly recommend you purchase advance tickets. Join us!

 

Please note: This is a ticketed event, with the price of admission equal to the cost of Era of Ignition, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased here. If available, tickets will be for sale at the door.

 

In her late twenties, Amber Tamblyn experienced a crisis of character while trying to break out of the confines of the acting career she’d forged as a child in order to become the writer and director she dreamed of being as an adult. After a particularly low period fueled by rejection and disillusionment, she grabbed hold of her own destiny and entered into what she calls an Era of Ignition — namely, the time of self-reflection that follows in the wake of personal upheaval and leads to a call to action and positive change. In the process of undergoing this metaphysical metamorphosis, she realized that our country was going through an Era of Ignition of its own. She writes: “No longer stuck in a past we can’t outrun and a future we must outgrow, we are a nation that is actively confronting our values and agitating for change. We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.”

 

Through her fierce op-eds and tireless work as one of the founders of the Time’s Up organization, Amber has emerged as a bold, outspoken, and respected advocate for women’s rights. In Era of Ignition, she addresses gender inequality and the judgment paradigm, misogyny and discrimination, trauma and the veiled complexities of consent, white feminism and pay parity, reproductive rights and sexual assault — all told through the very personal lens of her own experiences, as well as those of her Sisters in Solidarity. At once an intimate meditation and public reckoning, Era of Ignition is a galvanizing feminist manifesto that is required reading for everyone attempting to understand the world we live in and help change it for the better.

 


Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, and a novel, Any Man, as well as a contributing writer for the New York Times. She lives in New York.

 


 

Please note:

–  This event will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.

–  This is an all-ages event, with mature themes. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm..

–  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 1 ticket = 1 book, no exceptions. The book must be purchased from Booksmith. If you already have a copy of Era of Ignition, remember that books make great gifts! If you have any questions or concerns about this, please write events AT booksmith DOT com.

–  If you cannot attend the event but would like to requeset a signed copy of Era of Ignition, and/or any of Amber’s books, order below and put your request in the comments field.

–  RSVP appreciated but not required.

 

Books:
Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984822987
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype – March 5th, 2019

Opening a book

This is a wonderful poem about how reading can change you. I loved it and felt that I had to share. It is along the lines of this post, but says nothing about knowledge. Just that books can change you.

I have read some books that stick with me for a long time. I will randomly think of certain passages in a book and be reminded of how it made me feel. Occasionally I’ll change the way I think about things.

Even when I reflect on how bad a book was, it makes me think. I think about what could have been better. I think about what went wrong. I think about the good parts of the story.

Each book has something for me to think about and each book changes me. I welcome the changes.

One more book…

You’re able to bring one author back to life to write one more book. Who do you choose?

I never read any of the Sue Grafton books.  She wrote the alphabet series from A-Y, but passed before she could write her Z book.  I would love for her to come back and finish the series.  Her family wishes that Ms. Grafton’s final requests be respected, so there won’t be a ghost writer and there won’t be any movies made of the books.  I understand that.  It just would have been nice if she could have finished the whole series.