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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2009, Paperback)

Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer | ISBN-10: 0385341008 | ISBN-13: 9780385341004

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#1 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER " I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. "January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb . As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. "From the Hardcover edition.""

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

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AuthorAnnie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer
Number Of Pages304 pages
Publication Date2009-05-05
PublisherRandom House Publishing Group

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Copyright Date2009

Weight8 Oz
Height0.7 In.
Width5.2 In.
Length8 In.

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LC Classification NumberPS3619.H3365G84 2009
Dewey Decimal813/.6
Dewey Edition22

"I can't remember the last time I discovered a novel as smart and delightful as this one, a world so vivid that I kept forgetting this was a work of fiction populated with characters so utterly wonderful that I kept forgetting they weren't my actual friends and neighbors. Treat yourself to this book pleaseI can't recommend it highly enough."Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love "Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows have written a wondrous, delightful, poignant book part Jane Austen, part history lesson. The letters in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society aren''t addressed to you, but they are meant for you. It''s a book everyone should read. An absolute treasure."Sarah Addison Allen, author of Garden Spells "A jewel...Poignant and keenly observed...A small masterpiece about love, war and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends." People "It''s tempting to throw around terms like ''gem'' when reading a book like this. But The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is not precious...This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It''s a charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review "A book-lover''s delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary." Chicago Sun-Times "I've never wanted to join a [book] club as desperately as I did while reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society .... [The novel] is a labor of love, and it shows on almost every page."Yvonne Zipp, Christian Science Monitor "As the letters unfold, Julietand we readerslearn the little-known history of German occupation of Guernsey. We come to know the brave and endearing people who survived the hardshipsand a few who did not....In addition to a fine story, this delightful book offers affirming messages about some of the most enduring forces in lifethe power of the written word, the strength of the human spirit and the value of relationships, even unexpected ones." Winston Salem Journal " The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a sweet, sentimental paean to books and those who love them.... It affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times." Washington Post Book World "Here''s who will love this book: anyone who nods in profound agreement with the statement, "Reading keeps you from going gaga." The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a delight. Tart, insightful and fun."Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow, A Thread of Grace and Dreamers of the Day "[A] marvelous debut.... Reminiscent of Helene Hanff''s 84 Charing Cross Road , this is a warm, funny, tender, and thoroughly entertaining celebration of the power of the written word." Library Journal "Charming.... [Heroine] Juliet finds in the letters not just inspiration for her next work, but also for her lifeas readers will." Publishers Weekly "[ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is] a nifty little cloth whose warp is bibliophilia and whose weft is Anglophilia.... I could not put the book down. I have recommended it to all my friends."Erica Marcus, Newsday " A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.... This one is a treat." Boston Globe "A sure winner.... Elizabeth and Juliet are appealingly reminiscent of game but gutsy '40s movie heroines." Kirkus Reviews "Fast, fresh.... A perfect novel for adaptation by Masterpiece Theater." Santa Cruz Sentinel "Warm, life-affirming prose ... an ideal choice for book groups, and also for individual readers." St. Petersburg Times "Delightful ... One of those joyful books that celebrates how reading brings people together." New Orleans Times-Picayune "A book lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary." Chicago Sun-Times "I've never wanted to join a club so desperately as I did while reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societ . ...

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Created: 06/10/10

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is another book that I had trouble putting down once I started reading it. At first I didn't think I would like the format in which the book is written--a series of letters from one character to another; but once I became comfortable with who the characters were and how they related to each other, I was hooked and had to keep reading. I enjoyed getting to know Juliet, Sydney, and the characters on the island. Having been raised by a mother who lived in England during WWII, I have heard many wartime stories about bombings and rationings. I do, however, feel that those stories of hardship from another time need to be heard by us today. Not only do they make us appreciate the many luxuries and freedoms we have in the United States, but they also show us the strength and determination of our human spirit. This book is a winner!!”

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Created: 03/08/10

A Must Read

I am currently living in Germany and the World War II has really come to life since I'm surrounded by it. It is very refreshing to hear accounts of the effects of the war on a small community. I didn't even know this place existed before I read the book. Now after reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society, I have fallen in love with the place just as the main character did. It also shows a compassionate side to some of the German soldiers and the struggles that EVERYONE went through. If you'd like to add a dozen or more new friends to your life, read this book and take in the characters.

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Created: 07/08/10

WWII & Guernsey Island

Fascinating historical (fictional) view of the Guernsey Islands during WWII. Loved the format: story & characters revealed as they communicated in letter form. Learned alot about this island and residents' plight with the German Occupation - Well-done!

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Created: 07/07/10

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society

I read this book for a book club choice. I am glad I read it. I like historical fiction. The characters were interesting and the story told about what it was like living during the war in England and the islands nearby. I liked the way it told about how they survived and how their lives were influenced by the war.

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Created: 08/11/10

Sweet story

I really liked this book. Not a literary masterpiece but a sweet, old fashioned story set in a very real, and very troubling time in history. I learned so much about the Nazi occupation of the Guernsey Islands - something I never knew, and I will never forget their suffering. The characters are quite distinct with their own unique story. I highly recommend this book.

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