Item description for The Mitford Bedside Companion: New Essays, Family Photographs, Favorite Mitford Scenes, and Much More (Mitford Years) by Jan Karon & Brenda 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. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
Publishers Description A must-have treasury with original essays, personal photos by the bestselling author of "At Home in Mitford," "Somebody Safe with Somebody Good, "and other books in the Mitford Series For the millions of fans who love the Mitford Years series, this lushly illustrated keepsake 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. Fans will relish favorite scenes, casts of characters, a Mitford crossword puzzle, and a bevy of original essays by Karon on everything from the life of a writer to her grandmother's secret to good health. With a color insert of family photos and Karon's early Mitford drawings, as well as new illustrations, this is a beautifully packaged volume everyone will cherish.
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Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.54" Height: 1.08" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2007
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Series Mitford Years
ISBN 0143112414 ISBN13 9780143112419
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Karon & Brenda 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.
Jan Karon has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Mitford Bedside Companion?
Light & easy reading Jun 27, 2007
This book is great for light & easy reading. It's non-committing in that it's several small excerpts from all the Mitford books. It reminds you of things you read and forgot in past books. I only wish Ms. Karon would write one or two more in the series.
Like watching reruns on TV. Jun 16, 2007
I really am a big fan of the Mitford series and will continue to purchase new releases, IF it is a novel. The Mitford Bedside Companion is a rerun of some stories in the series. I didn't find the antidotes terrible amusing. Where as I could hardly beare to put the novels down, I had no problem setting this book aside. I have read the series of books twice and there are a few chapters I could be reminded of. Especialy, "One Small Verse," Scripture Quotes, "The Cheerful Heart," Uncle Billy's jokes and "The Quintessential Mitford Menu," Digging In. Which cosists of all those delicious recipes that the good cooks of Mitford made. It was OK but, I was a bit disappointed to not be revited to it.
SLOW READ May 7, 2007
I HAVE LIKED ALL OF JAN KARON'S BOOKS IN THE PAST, BUT THIS WAS A SLOW READ, I WAS UNABLE TO IMMERSE MYSELF IN IT. READ THE FIRST 75 PAGES AND NEVER FINISHED THE BOOK. SEEMS LIKE SHE IS WRITING BASED ON HER PAST SUCCESSES, BUT WITH NO DEPTH OR NEW IDEAS.
Pleasing, comfortable treasure May 4, 2007
I wasn't totally sure I needed this book to add to the rest of my Mitford books, but I'm glad I took the chance. I'm enjoying favorite parts of the series again, along with the author's rememberances. The book has Jan Karon's notes about how Mitford came to be. The perfect book to read while waiting in the doctor's office or maybe stuck in traffic. It's bound to make you smile and not let your blood pressure rise!
A must-have! Mar 28, 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!!