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The Mitford Bedside Companion: A Treasury of Favorite Mitford Moments, Author Reflections on the Bestselling Selling Series, and More. Much More. Paperback – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143112414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143112419
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."


Brenda W. Furman is Jan’s younger sister and the perfect person to shape a volume that contains the very cream of nine bestselling novels.


More About the Author

Jan Karon is the author of the bestselling series of nine Mitford novels featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, an Episcopal priest, and the fictional village of Mitford. Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karon's Mitford books include At Home in Mitford; A Light in the Window; These High, Green Hills; Out to Canaan; A New Song; A Common Life: The Wedding Story; In This Mountain; Shepherd's Abiding; and Light from Heaven. The Father Tim Novels include "Home to Holly Springs" and last fall's release of "In the Company of Others," set in County Sligo, Ireland. There are over 40 million Mitford and Father Tim novels, childrens books, and CDs in print.

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Jan Karon is a good author and wrote the Mitford Series about Father Tim.
Rose M Bain
I bought this book several years ago because I always buy Jan Karon's books but I put off reading it until just recently.
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It's a "feel good" book, edited very well by Jan's sister, Brenda Furman.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann VINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
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This is a kind of omnibus volume of all the "best parts" of the series, which I've enjoyed as it developed. I can see its pleasure for someone who might lack the stamina to reread the entire series--a shut-in, perhaps. Also, its portability is nice for those of us who read while waiting. Really, it is as refreshing as a visit to familiar country--just the nicest kind of reunion!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ginnyh on May 3, 2007
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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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. Cisar on January 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Excellent summary for a "quick dose" of Mitford without the commitment of an entire book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anne G. Maslow on January 11, 2007
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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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Bianchi on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Arnold on March 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doyle Kirk Hayes on January 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love it! It is a peaceful & relaxing read. It is kind & humorous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zita on January 9, 2007
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This was a great book to have in the Mitford series. All of the Jan Karon books were wonderful and this was like an extra piece of dessert. It is truly a treasury of the best of the Mitford books.
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