Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Published: 2008
Genre: Historical
Paperback: 256 pages
Rating: 5

Film release date: 2011

Description from the amazon:
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.

About the Author:
Mary Ann Shaffer who passed away in February 2008, worked as an editor, librarian, and in bookshops. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was her first novel.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): books and letters

Loved this feel-good book.

All the characters in this book are interesting and come with their own stories of the time period and the places mentioned.

Definitely an interesting way and quick way to read historical fiction. It certainly gives one pause to think of the letters received in the past. Would you be able to construct a story from them?

Most letters I have packed away are of my tween and teen years. I'm sure a YA novel of some sort is waiting to be created. Something heavy with 80s music, videos and tv. hmmmmm.

What topics would your letters reveal?

Werewolf sighting:
Now that I think about it, maybe he is a werewolf.
-Juliet (page 41)

Mummies sighting:
We can look at the mummies afterward.
-Juliet (page 99)

Jane Austen sighting:
How is it that Juliet and Amelia never made mention of Miss Jane Austen to me?
-Isola (page 199)

*part of my IBC challenge


  1. I Can't wait to read this one. I bought it last year and it's seriously waiting to be read !

  2. Glad you liked it! It quickly became one of my all time favorite reads.

  3. I keep almost buying this. I know I want it, and I know it is something I will like (or at least, it seems so...know how sometimes you just know?).
    Your review = 1 more reason I need to just buy it already.

  4. Yay! I have this book but my mom is reading it first. I hope to get to it soon as it sounds so cute :-)

  5. I'm so glad you liked the book. I just finished this yesterday and I loved it!

  6. My coworker and friend has been nagging me to read this and then recently my mom read it and she has been passing it around to her friends. I should just cave and read it finally!

  7. I am so seriously going to have to read this book! I already own it, for crying out loud.


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