Among Friends

by M. F. K. Fisher

Paper Book, 1971




San Francisco : North Point Press, 1983, c1971.


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 thanforty 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. 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member AlexTheHunn
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.
LibraryThing member cindywho
I hadn't read any MFK for a while and though I don't always like memoirs, this one was a fascinating window into a decade of nearly a century ago. She describes her childhood memories well with interesting portraits of the people around her in 1910s Whittier, California. It's dated, but interesting.


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