The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Mon, 10-01-2012 - 5:27am

I can't believe I waited SO long to read this book.  I know it was very popular a couple of years ago.  So glad I finally picked it up.  The book is full of great characters!  Even though it is about the suffering of the people of Guernsey during WWII the author writes with such a tenderness that really touches the reader.  The book takes the form of letters and so it is a quick read.  Highly recommend this book!

Here is a link to another review posted during one of the read-a-thons: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Summer-Read-a-Thon/The-Guernsey-Literary-and-Potato-Peel/m-p/19214381#M324

Description:

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.

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Registered: 06-13-2008

Sometimes I think it's a good thing to read a book after all the hype has died down. I remember that I enjoyed the book but I think I was expecting more because of all of the buzz.

Kathie

 Kathie

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Registered: 03-01-2003

Good point Kathie!

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