2020 A new edition of Day at a Time has just come out!  Check out the reviews!

Updated material and six new color photo pages of Doris in her home, yard and in the public forum, both for her animal welfare causes and enjoying the Beverly Hills environment in a casual way not possible for stars today


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This book about Doris Day is really about Mary Anne Barothy also. It’s her personal saga and intertwines with that of the star she so loved that she left her good reporter’s job in Indianapolis and went to find her fortune near Doris. It’s the ultimate in good fan appreciation, and it was rewarded by Doris who realized Mary Anne’s sincere desire to serve her, and treated her as a valued employee who helped with details at the TV series studio and took care of fans and correspondence,  but also as a friend in her home. Best of all Mary Anne could absorb herself in that well-ordered house routine: dogs everywhere, Doris celebrity friends in the evening, even for dates with her secretary. The two women grew close; son Terry was injured and Mary Anne and Doris rushed to his side. Many fund-raising functions to raise money for homeless animals, visits to spiritual mentors and celebrity friends in the hospital are here along with just simple breakfasts with fans after a bike ride up quiet streets: this is a Hollywood in detail that could not last and does not exist even in partial form today. It’s human and it’s unique.

Nancy Niblack Baxter, author of thirteen books on Indiana history

Day At a Time is no tell-all. In fact, it’s an all-inclusive glimpse into an undreamable reality as lived by one of Doris Day’s most ardent fans-turned-friend, employee and confidante. Mary Anne Barothy shares her true admiration and warmth for Doris Day via personal photos and anecdotes.

The Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey reminds us all of why we collectively fell in love with Doris Day to begin with…she’s more than a star, more than the All-American girl personified. Doris Day is the real deal.

Jim Raposa, Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality, "The Jim Raposa Show" and "Frank & Friends"

Mary Anne took our library patrons on a wonderful sentimental journey with Doris Day. It was as if we were in Hollywood making the memories with her! Everyone wishes that the program could have continued another hour!

Patti Davis, Eckhart Public Library, Auburn, Indiana
Just finished “Day at a Time” by Mary Anne Barothy. What a delightful story of two people who were able to live their dreams. One a Hollywood legend, Doris Day, and one a fan from Indiana who’s relationship developed into a life long friendship. I throughly recommend it.
Les Brown, Jr.

Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond (Hawthorne Publishing) is a positive, interesting memoir that contains many anecdotes about the star, celebrities she knew and events in her career. It was an important time in Doris Day’s life: she had just lost her husband Marty Melcher; her son was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident; she was fighting to regain the fortune that had been lost by an unscrupulous agent; and she was completing her TV series. This well-told story will capture the hearts of the tens of thousands of fans of this woman who was recently voted the most popular film actress of all time.

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