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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows X
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
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    Jul 2008, 288 pages
    May 2009, 304 pages


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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
This little book is a gem! The authors take readers through the gamut of emotions from laugh-out-loud to lump-in-the-throat; you care about the finely drawn characters because they are so real. Book clubs should have wonderful discussions about this story.

I want to join this club.
This book is a true delight - an innovative way to present a story without dialogue. I absolutely loved it and loved the people. Although I pretty much knew where the book was going to go, it was a wonderful ride getting there, with joyous stops along the way - and a few twists and turns. I would join the society in a heartbeat, and this is one of the books I would recommend to the rest of the members. You will love this book, and the characters will be your best friends. You will miss them when you come to the end.

Sign Me Up.
I would love to be a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This is a delightful book! The authors are able to develop wonderful characters, convey little known WWII history and demonstrate a love of books and reading through a series of letters and telegrams. There's even a romance. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Humor & Heartache on Guernsey
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the correspondence letters in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Filled with humor, heartache, and mystery, each letter gives a glimpse into the lives of inhabitants on the island of Guernsey as well as the life of our main character, Juliet. While learning about each of the inhabitants of Guernsey, we are introduced to several works of literature by authors we may have heard of before but have shown little interest in until now. I inherited several volumes by Charles Lamb from my grandmother, and I have to say that I became so intrigued by him just through the correspondence of Dawsey and Juliet, that I will be setting out to read Lamb this summer. I did have some difficulty, however, believing that correspondence in 1946 could be delivered, read, and replied to within a three-day time span. With that said, I still give it a 5 and highly recommend it.

This is a MUST Read!!!
I have always heard of those people that read a book in two days or stayed up all night to finish a book, and I always thought what show-offs. But now I know what they mean. After receiving this book on Thursday I could not put it down. I seriously considered calling in sick to work to finish it. This book takes place after WWII with people, regular people, just trying to put their lives back together. I have read many WWII books, but this one captivated me and let me believe that it was going to be okay for all of them.... for all of them. And that my friends is how a book is supposed to make you feel. In the end you are supposed to think everything is going to be okay... even for yourself. So thank you Ms. Shaffer and Ms. Barrows for letting me think that things are going to be okay! I needed that.

Maisie Dobbs meets 84 Charing Cross Road
What a delightful read! I received the ARC this afternoon via UPS and could not put it down! The novel, set in London just after the end of WWII, centers around the islanders of Guernsey and relays their experiences during Nazi occupation, The novel unfolds solely through letters sent between Juliet (London writer of some success) and members of the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

What delightful characters! It makes one mourn the lost custom of corresponding via letters and wonder what source future historians will mine for their information. E-mail?

While I believe that the use of letters to unfold the story was used effectively by the authors, I felt that the first few letters could have been expanded in order to provide a little more background. However, by the end of Juliet's 1st letter (the post script to be more exact), I wanted to know more about Juliet and, by page nine, was hooked!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I could already picture the BBC or PBS adapting this book into a successful mini series. Readers would certainly welcome more time spent on the island of Guernsey.

Saving Power of the Literary Society
After I read the series of letters exchanged by Juliet Ashton (a London author), her publisher, her friends, and the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I wanted to know each person better. I particularly liked the way the authors of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society succeeded in giving each correspondent a distinct and identifiable voice. Through their letters, I saw their kind, caring natures (as well as their foibles and eccentricities). The Guernsey Islanders exhibited grace, strength, and courageous ingenuity as they struggled to survive the years of German occupation during World War II.

I highly recommend this book as a good read. The power of a reading group to expand the lives of its members shines through their letters.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I absolutely loved this book and was so sorry when I finished it because there was no more. It is reminiscent of 84, Charing Cross Road, but to me it was even more engaging. Epistolary novels either work really well or they don't work at all and this one really works. You really feel you have gotten to know all the characters and you laugh with them and you cry with them. I can't recommend this book enough. Read it!

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