Among Friends

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Counterpoint Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 306 pages
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Originally published in 1970, Among Friends provides a fascinating glimpse into the background and development of one of our most delightful and best-loved writers, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher ? the woman who elevated food writing to a literary art. In Among Friends M. F. K. Fisher begins her recollections in Albion, Michigan, but they soon lead her to Whittier, California, where her family moved in 1912, when she was four. The ?Friends” of the title range from the hobos who could count on food at the family's back door to the businessmen who advertised in Father's paper?but above all they are the Quakers who were the prominent group in Whittier. Mary Frances Kennedy found them unusual friends indeed: in the more than forty years that she lived in Whittier she was never invited inside a Friend's house. Her portraits of her father, Rex?her mentor, himself the editor of the local newspaper?her mother, Edith, and the other members of her family are memorable and moving.
 

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Personal memoirs of Fisher as she grew up in a non-Quaker family amid exclusively Quaker community. Known for her writings on cooking, this peek into her personal history makes fascinating reading. Read full review

Contents

Child of an Inner Ghetto
3
The Town
6
1 Then Begin Again
21
2 A Footnote on the Scabrous Possibilities
28
7 Our Girls and a Few Ladies
106
8 Prejudice Hate and the First World War
121
9 Culture and Music and All That
137
10 Lightened Heart and Quickened Energies
147
14 A Pagan Ornament
198
15 The Haunts of Sin and Iniquity
205
Part III
213
16 Fugues and Evasions
215
17 Flora and a Few Fauna
231
18 A Footnote on Fauna Largely Secret
251
19 The Separation of the Senses or Not
260
20 Notes on Following the Gleam
279

11 Dance of the Slow Learner
160
12 The Best View
177
13 A Palace Incident
188
21 Streets of Gold Forsworn
292
22 Petitions Manifestoes Broadsides and Such
300
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About the author (2004)

Born July 3, 1908, in Albion, Michigan, M.F.K Fisher was raised primarily in Whittier, California, where she enjoyed cooking meals for her family. Encouraged in literary pursuits by her parents, she combined her favorite pastimes-cooking and writing-and began writing about cooking as early as 1929 when she moved to Dijon, France, with her first husband, Alfred Fisher. Fisher was educated at Illinois College, Occidental College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Dijon. She has written under the names Mary Frances Parrish, Victoria Bern, and Victoria Berne. A prolific author, her work is primarily autobiography and memoir. Her long list of publications includes Dubious Honors (1988) and Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me: Journals and Stories, 1933-1945, (1993). She also contributed articles to widely known magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Gourmet. Fisher died of Parkinson's disease on June 22, 1992, in Glen Ellen, California.

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