The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Shaffer, Mary Ann

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Dial Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780385340991
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHAFFER 2008
Characteristics: 277 p. :,maps ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Barrows, Annie


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This has to be the gentlest and most charming book ever written about WWII. It takes place on one of those islands in the Channel off the coast of Britain, an island that was occupied by the Germans. It’s my go-to book to recommend to patrons who want something sex-and-violence-free for their ag... Read More »

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Jan 29, 2015
  • Rckitty3545 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely adore this book. This is one of my favorite historical fiction books of all time. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

Dec 29, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this work. It was very low-key and deceptively simple in its presentation. Early on, there was some annoyance that I had to keep checking at the beginning of each letter to be sure who was talking/writing since there was a general consistency of style and tone to the letters. The characters and their situations grew on me. Recommended.

Nov 23, 2014
  • kristikaye rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Maybe I didn't give it a chance, but I returned the book after the first few chapters because it didn't hold my interest. It seems this book is loved by a lot of people, maybe the letter format isn't my cup of tea.

Nov 16, 2014
  • sam67 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite books ever

Jun 01, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I, too, found this book delightful. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of Julia and the caring attitude of her two friends Sophie and Sidney. The characters on Guernsey were also lovely, although a bit eccentric. The British voice that Shaffer managed was pretty good for an American. Telling the story through a series of letters was a risk, I think, but she seemed to pull it off. I must admit that the historical background was one I had not known much about. This rather dark time didn't really intrude. It set the stage for the sense of community that we saw coming together to care for Kit. Maybe not a monumental epic, but definitely an uplifting story quite suitable for a book club discussion.

May 22, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is an absolute delight.Set in Guernsey,post WWII,in 1946, and in letter form,between a writer, her publisher and people she knew on Guernsey, one is given one such an insight into the lives of the islanders during the German occupation and the lengths they had to go to just to stay alive. How sad that Mary Ann Shaffer had to leave the finishing of her book to her niece, Annie Burrows, an author in her own right because of her deteriorating health.She didn't live to see it published in 2008. Her book remains as a lasting tribute. Margaret Leroy has since written in similar vein using the same subject matter.Nothing wrong with her book but I much preferred Mary Shaffer's version.

This is one of the best works of historical fiction I've rad in a long time.

Mar 01, 2014
  • Dianne60 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this with a bookclub also and loved it.

Dec 06, 2013
  • stewaroby rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Read it for Book Club after resisting it for years and it was quite good. Not great, but quite good.

Nov 03, 2013
  • AuntCarolyn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Sep 09, 2013
  • JuniperAvenue rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Come quick.... And bring a butcher knife."

Apr 16, 2010
  • Kemendraugh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

Aug 24, 2009
  • mking rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"What happens in Guernsey stays in Guernsey."


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