Item description for The Mitford Bedside Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Mitford Moments, Author Reflections on the Bestselling Series, and More. Much More. (Mitford Years) by Jan Karon & Brenda W. Furman...
Overview A fan's companion to the best-selling series provides a character listing, trivia, series-inspired crossword puzzles, and more, in an illustrated volume that also includes author essays on such topics as her life as a writer and her grandmother's secrets to good health. 300,000 first printing.
Jan Karon's "Mitford Years" series is a publishing phenomenon that, since 1996, has sold more than twenty-five million books and attracted millions of devoted readers around the world. With the series now complete, Karon's fans have raced through nine novels--and then sat down and read them again and again. For all those who love returning to Mitford, this gorgeously packaged companion will be the perfect book to curl up with. What was that Uncle Billy joke about the census taker? Where was that beautiful prayer Father Tim offered? "The Mitford Bedside Companion" will make it easy to find the greatest of the countless gems that grace each of Karon's novels.
Featuring favorite scenes, casts of characters, Mitford crossword puzzles, plus a hilarious read-aloud scene and lots of trivia questions for fan gatherings and family get-togethers, and much, much more, "The Mitford Bedside Companion" is an enchanting collection. Here, too, are new essays from Karon on everything from the life of a writer to her grandmother's secret to good health. Beautifully packaged and filled with eye-catching art, "The Mitford Bedside Companion" is a book that any fan will cherish, relishing favorite scenes from each book and, in one volume, fondly reliving the best times spent in the little town with the big heart.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Mitford Bedside Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Mitford Moments, Author Reflections on the Bestselling Series, and More. Much More. (Mitford Years) by Jan Karon & Brenda W. Furman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.57" Weight: 1.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
ISBN 0670037850 ISBN13 9780670037858
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon & Brenda W. Furman
Born Janice Meredith Wilson in 1937, Jan Karon was raised on a farm near Lenoir, North Carolina. Karon knew at a very early age that she wanted to be a writer. She penned her first novel when she was just 10 years old, the same year she won a shirt-story contest organized by the local highschool.
Karon married as a teenager and hand a daughter, Candace. At 18, Karon began working as a receptionist for a Charlotte, N.C. advertising agency. She advanced in the company after leaving samples of her writing on the desk of her boss, who eventually noticed her talent. Karon went on to have a highly successful career in the field, winning awards for ad agencies from Charlotte to San Francisco. In time, she became a creative vice president at the high-profile McKinney & Silver, in Raleigh. Wile there she won the prestigious Stephen Kelly Award, with which the Magazine Publishers of America honor the year's best print campaign.
During her hears in advertising, Karon kept alive her childhood ambition to be an author. At the age of 50 she left her career in advertising and moved to Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to pursue that dream. After struggling - and failing - to get a novel underway, Karon awoke one night with a mental image of an Episcopal priest walking down a village street. She grew curious about him, and started writing. Soon, Karon was publishing weekly installments about Father Tim in her local newspaper, the The Blowing Rocket, which saw its circulation double as a result. "It certainly worked for Mr. Dickens", says Karon.
The Father Tim stories became Karon's first Mitford novel, At Home in Mitford. The book has since been nominated three times for an ABBY (American Booksellers Book Of the Year Award), which honors titles that bookstore owners most enjoy recommending to customers. The fourth Mitford novel, A New Song, won both the Christy and Gold Medallion awards for outstanding contemporary fiction in 2000. A Common Life, In This Mountain, and Shepherd's Abiding have also won Gold Medallion awards. Out to Canaan was the first Mitford novel to hit the New York Times bestseller list, subsequent novels have debuted on the New York Times list, often landing the #1 spot.
Karon says her character-driven work seeks to give readers a large, extended family they can call their own.
Jan Karon currently resides in Blowing Rock, in the state of North Carolina. Jan Karon was born in 1937.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mitford Bedside Companion?
A must-have! Mar 27, 2007
I don't usually evacuate for a hurricane with any books- I have too many to pick favorites, but I will be bringing this one with me! Its a wonderful compilation of bits of the mitford series, including the cookbook! If you loved the Mitford series, you MUST have this book!!
a joy to remember Mar 8, 2007
It is good to have this book that remembers the Mitford series and also gives you a feel for Jan Karon's life. I keep the book at my bedside and before I go to sleep I read some of the book and feel I am back in Mitford. Such a pleasant feeling before I shut my eyes.
Mitford Bedside Companion Jan 22, 2007
Excellent summary for a "quick dose" of Mitford without the commitment of an entire book!
Great! Jan 19, 2007
I love it! It is a peaceful & relaxing read. It is kind & humorous.
a Treasure Jan 11, 2007
The "Companion " is truely what it promised to be : a tresure trove of the Mitfored Books. It is wonderful just to open the companion at any page and enjoy the atmosphare of Mitford instantly . The additional stories and personal pictures of the beloved Author are precious and illuminating !!I am delighted to read it again and dicover more treasures everytime . Anne Maslow