"As some of you may know already, Mary Ann in Autumn finds Mary Ann Singleton seeking refuge in her old friend Michael Tolliver's garden nook. Isn’t it time you invited Michael to your own NOOK? For a limited time only, Barnes & Noble is offering free downloads of my New York Times bestseller, Michael Tolliver Lives. Mrs. Madrigal approves!"


NOOK owners: go to shop, and search "Armistead Maupin" to download his books.

by mrsvaljones on ‎11-17-2010 03:28 AM

First: Thanks B&N for a free book, love free books.


Second: Seriously how sad has life gotten that we are wasting time fighting on a blog when we could be taking the opportunity to read (or find exciting ways to procrastinate schoolwork...again thanks B&N you often saVe my life and sanity)


Third: I've paid for books I didn't like, paid for books I do, tried a plethra of catagories, some I enjoy far ore than others, either way the only way to find out is to experience for oneself...


Fourth: that being said, that is why book reviews were created, to praise or beat up a book, based on the books merits...you need to read the book to do so...the dust jacket or synoposis is only a tid bit of the book...truly never enough info to fully get the mojo of a book


Fifth: It's a free book


Sixth: Unless you are Chuck Norris you CAN NOT judge a book by its cover...lol...(see procrastination)





by jsamson on ‎11-17-2010 11:44 AM

What's going on with the font size? I like to read with Helvetica extra small, and this book can't do that. It looks like maybe the best it can do is small. It's the first book I've come across with limited font size.

by mln63 on ‎11-19-2010 01:22 PM

This series was very important to me in my early 20's and this last installment is equally important.  Mr.. Maurpin has written many great novels for ALL people.  It amazes me that in this day and age, with all the violence and bullying in the news, there is still this hatred and misunderstanding towards homosexuality. I guess we have more miles to walk before we can say we are there yet.

by NicAwesomeOle on ‎11-19-2010 07:12 PM


I love this series, and it's great that it's offered.

by MobyD on ‎11-22-2010 12:20 PM

I'm a little late to the party, but at least the book is still free. I read most of the Tales of the City books several years ago. It'll be nice to reconnect. Maupin has created some wonderful characters and he writes of them so very well.


I shared links to this book and Mary Ann in Autumn in a forum I'm involved in, so maybe a few more folks will pick them up.

by zaphiragirl on ‎12-17-2010 10:35 AM

I agree with Mr.Miran...as for Izzy I find the comment inapropiate, free fridays will always post books that not all readers will like...that will not make those who wouldn't like the books haters or such. Like Izzy and Mr.Miran I have homosexual friends and even family and I LOVE THEM, GOD LOVES THEM TOO! Christians are not called to be saying what will be judged and what not, we are called to spread God's love and Christ's redemption too be light not darkeness...


We are also called to be agents of peace...writing comments like the one Izzy wrote...is not exactly being peaceful is it?...If I know I'll write or do something will make people get mad and  that it will from sort of a discussion...its best not to do it.


As for the Free Fridays...I love them! I haven't download all the books, but I have downloaded quite a few...


God Bless You All!! Happy Reading! =D

by CCSchiebel on ‎12-25-2010 01:35 PM

So Izzy. By your logic, who saves us from having to hear your intolerant, very unchristian-like speach? Sounds a lot like an agenda to me..


See, there you go. I can do it too, but you know what? I'm one of those people whose agenda you don't support and I don't support yours, but I don't go out and post about it unless somebody feels it necessary to make a point of it. You're just as guilty of all that you complain about (shoving your agenda down everybodies throat) and EXACTLY the reason why I went from being a born again christian/Catholic to being non-denominational borderline athiest. Maybe if the specific type of Christian like you didn't worry so much about who is in your club and what other people do in their private lives, we'd all be happy, healthy and much wiser for it. I don't need your beliefs to know that I am a worthy person, whether you believe so or not and I certainly don't need YOU telling me what I can do in my private life.

by mzm6030 on ‎01-04-2011 10:45 AM

Paul, I love all of your books and have read most of them in hardcopy form. Your characters are so alive and full of personality that it's hard not to become a part of them. I am so disappointed I missed this Free Friday download!! Thank you for sharing with us!

by mzm6030 on ‎01-04-2011 11:04 AM

When I said Paul I meant Maupin...... SORRY!

by spinndiva on ‎01-07-2011 01:19 AM

Ooh I will go get it! Thank you so much for letting us have this for free! I would like to add: I think if you find someone that truely loves you for who you are BE HAPPY AND CELEBRATE IT! It is rare enough in our day and age.

Don't judge because the person is of the same gender... I myself am not a lesbian, but I find nothing wrong with it and I don't think it is a lifestyle.. the term lifestyle implies there is a choice.... justsayin'

by Marsha66 on ‎01-31-2011 02:31 PM

I guess it was only free one day? Not free anymore, I missed it! To bad it sounded like it might be good.

by DMa on ‎03-04-2011 06:55 AM

The only one qualified to judge another person is HE who is perfect. No man should judge another.

by peajhead on ‎05-28-2011 01:28 PM



Everyone is entitled to their own opinion- however you should just say that you are a homophobe. Don't try to act like your not enabling hatred by saying "I have friends who are homosexual, and know others who are very nice people" BUT they are wrong in their lifestyle.  You are a walking contradiction.  Books are made to enlighten people, to open ones eyes on subjects, places or people you normally wouldn't encounter.  If you want to spew HATRED which is what you are doing, please keep it to yourself. 


And PS:  I'm sure you have NO gay friends......Don't act like you do.  No gay person would be friends with a person like you.  Saying hi to a gay person in the elevator doesn't count either!


And no I am not gay I am a married woman and a mother.  I am just done with closeminded people that must rain on others parades. 


Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays.

by les_turjac on ‎05-28-2011 01:56 PM

I am not interested in this book but read with interest the above comments about the first poster.  I think SHE has a right to express her opinion and I don't think her words were "hateful" at all.  She just expressed her opinion as did the rest of the folks who repsonded.  Hateful?  No.  Her opinion.

by mckait on ‎06-10-2011 10:36 AM

Sad for you izzy ...Intolerance & self-righteousness is indeed an ulflattering, and 

unlikable trait.


I have read every single book in this series and they are fantastic! My most favorite character is

Mrs Madrigal.. what a gem! I encourage everyone to start from the beginning if you can. Thee characters are long time and dependable friends of mine. I think you will like them Too.


THANK YOU Armistead! You have provided me with so many hours of pleasure.