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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer

This is a great book to read after THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. Zusak's book is an all time favorite WWII story, but you'll want some relief and Guernsey is exactly what you'll need.

My library's summary: 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.

I loved getting to know the characters, but to my surprise, I devoured the history learning things I'd never known. Did you know the Germans occupied the tiny island of Guernsey thinking they would get a straight shot to London a 75 miles across the ocean? I was so enamored that we are planning a trip to Guernsey.

Let me know what you think of this book. I LOVED it! 5 Stars

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