The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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. ?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 th Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all ...

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Title:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author:Mary Ann Shaffer
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:278 pages pages

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Reviews

  • La Petite Américaine
    Sep 28, 2008
    This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in post WWII England between an author facing writers block and an island community who formed a book club during the German occupation. Eventually we meet the...
  • Cheri
    Aug 29, 2018
    4.5 Stars ?We'll meet again Don't know where Don't know when But I know we'll meet again some sunny day Keep smiling through Just like you always do 'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away? -- We?ll Meet Again,Vera Lynn / Frank Sinatra, Songwriters: Hughie ...
  • Cayenne
    Jul 30, 2008
    This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was so real. I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person. The stories about their experie...
  • Ruth
    Aug 19, 2008
    I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher. I forget which, as it's been sitting around for a while. This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. I generally like novels in letters, it?s almost like peering into lighted windows at night as you ...
  • Kelly
    Dec 22, 2008
    This book garners a 1.5 from me. What a painful read. I won't dwell too long on what makes this book so wrong, but let's start with the problem of how difficult it is for a GOOD writer to develop character via the epistolary form. Now for two mediocre writers, it's even worse. I dis...
  • Alisa
    Feb 17, 2009
    I'm in favor of: -pig farmers as romantic leads -parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks -women who do the asking I'm not in favor of: -strong silent types as romantic leads -adorable children -parrots getting more page time than goats ...
  • Emma  Kaufmann
    Sep 08, 2008
    Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten. Now, I'm sure there are American authors who ...
  • Linda Sexauer
    Jul 21, 2008
    Several years ago, I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage. Though I loved the art, I wasn?t much good at selling it. More often than not, I just chatted up the customers, who were from all over the world. One night, four elderly people wandered in. They told me they were fro...
  • Laura
    Sep 25, 2008
    A friend gave this to me with the recommendation, ?You?ll LOVE this ? it sounds like you!? I assume she meant because the main character is a witty book lover, not because she?s a critical spinster. I don?t dare ask. At any rate, this is easily one of the most charming b...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Oct 21, 2015
    5? I absolutely loved this. I think I?ve avoided it because of the cutesy title, but I?m glad I finally caved. It?s a delightful story written in an exchange of letters between newspaper columnist Juliet and some residents of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, an island in the Eng...
  • Amy
    Dec 27, 2008
    I don't do this often, but I am commanding my fellow Good Read Sisters to stop what they are doing, order a pizza for the family and hide yourselves away with this book! You all deserve a treat and if I could I would come run your homes while you read - this book is that good. It's uni...
  • Beth
    Oct 06, 2008
    Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! GUSH!!!!! So yes, clearly I loved this book. I think the only person I wouldn?t recommend this book to is one of those people who only read meaty tomes that might give regular people a brain embolism while they?re trying to make sense ...
  • Maxwell
    Mar 12, 2018
    Ok I really enjoyed this book up until the end! It wasn't a bad ending, per se, but it felt really rushed. I was honestly taken aback by it's abrupt ending. That was a bit of a bummer. Nevertheless, this was a really endearing story about the power that books have to bring people toget...
  • Will Byrnes
    May 17, 2009
    Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer - image from from chrestomanci.over-blog.com - Schaffer wrote most of the book, but was terminally ill so called in her niece, Barrows, to help her complete it. The GL&PPPS tells of Nazi occupation of this Channel Island during WW II. The st...
  • Megha
    Mar 08, 2009
    Dear Mary Ann Shaffer, I recently read your book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. It brought a few questions to my mind. Juliet writes in one of her letters: "Dear Sidney, What an inspired present you sent kit - red satin tap shoes covered with sequins" ...
  • Tatiana
    Aug 19, 2010
    Update 8/13/2018 Just saw the movie adaptation. Very faithful to the book, if not in plot (can't remember details 7 years later), certainly in tone. Saccharine and especially annoying in its watered down portrayal of Nazi occupation. Suffering-lite. The words that immediately co...
  • Dem
    May 24, 2011
    Have to admit when this book was recommended to me I was a little worried as for one I found the title strange and two I did not find the blurb very enticing. I am not going to try and sumarize the story as I feel I could not do it justice. I found this novel wounderful and I was lucky...
  • Ij
    Oct 30, 2014
    This book is a fictional collection of letters, telegrams, and notes centered on an author, Juliet Ashton, who connects with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Society). The letters are primarily about residences of Guernsey during the occupation by the Germany Army, du...
  • Magrat Ajostiernos
    Aug 18, 2017
    Historia ligera, entraable, divertida... Me enganch desde el primer momento (Super fan del formato epistolar) aunque hubiera agradecido ms diferencia entre las cartas de un personaje a otro. Me lo he pasado muy bien leyndola, hay momentos duros pero realmente toda la lectura d...
  • Cyndi
    Nov 12, 2017
    A beautiful book! The whole thing is told in letters. After WWII the world is trying to recover. A young woman, Juliet, wrote funny stories using a pseudonym for the paper to bring up morale. They have been published in a book. Now she is looking for her next project when she receives ...
  • Debbie
    Apr 08, 2012
    THERE?S A MOVIE! I read this book ages ago. Loved it, then forgot much about it. But guess what? They made it into a movie this year (2018), an amazing movie. The actors (all of them unknowns) were excellent, as were the plot, atmosphere, etc. It?s intricate and sophisticated, a...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Aug 09, 2013
    I loved this book - it's on my favorites shelf. So obviously I recommend it! In my March 2018 buddy read with Trish (which kind of disintegrated because she raced ahead and finished the whole book in like one day :p) I was impressed with how well the authors melded actual historical...
  • Zoë
    Oct 03, 2018
    Although the abrupt ending frustrated me, the rest of the book was so soothing. This is probably due to the fact it was written in letters to loved ones and not the subject matter itself, as it focuses heavily on the atrocities of WWII. Also, it's a book about books! Nothing makes me h...
  • Melissa
    Jul 20, 2018
    *3.5 stars* ?Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.? Believe it or not?as shallow as this may sound?the stunning movie tie-in cover was the catalyst, goading me to take a har...
  • L A i N E Y
    Mar 15, 2018
    How can you write a review for a book that put perpetual smile on your face for 277 pages?? Definition of ?supremely-enjoyable-while-reading? kind of book for me: so delightful, real funny and warm. Five long years since I first put this on my tbr shelf, should have read ...
  • Bionic Jean
    Apr 11, 2013
    Don't let the title put you off. Or the fact that it has two authors (the second recruited apparently when the first, her aunt, sadly became too ill to complete it.) Or the fact that it is a series of letters, or what literary types call an "epistolary novel". Or the whispering on the ...
  • Sherif Metwaly
    Apr 01, 2018
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  • El Librero de Valentina
    Aug 18, 2018
    Lo am! De principio a fin Juliet, sus cartas y los habitantes de Guernsey se quedarn en nuestro corazn. Resea pronto, en el canal :) ...
  • Amalia Gavea
    May 08, 2018
    ??Real dyed-in-the-wool readers can?t lie. Our faces always give us away. A raised brow or a curled lip means that it?s a poor excuse for a book, and the clever customers ask for recommendation instead, whereupon we frog-march them over to a particular volume and command them ...
  • Beverly
    Jul 22, 2018
    Such a beautiful book, I wish I owned it as a real book, instead of on my Kindle, because I would reread it right now. The title is terrible or I would have tried it out sooner. It sounds so kitschy and is rather hard to pronounce too. Potato Peel Pie is a tongue twister! Written by M...