Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Pages: 275
Yearly Count: 52

A novel told through letters, from this person to that, back and forth. I had never read anything written like this before, and while I had a huge learning curve initially to remember who was who and who was writing to whom and why, I LOVED The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know, isn't that a mouthload of a title!? But it makes you wonderfully curious, right? It did me, and I am so happy I filled my craving to read this novel.

In January of 1946, Juliet, an author in London, begins to correspond with the society's members through a fun fluke, by which one member gets a hold of her address. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is formed of an eclectic, group of down-to-reality people who decided to have a Literary society during the recent German occupation as a cover up at first- but that only lasted a short day before they all came to love literature fully, even if it was in their own individual way!

I think this will be one we hear of for a long time, it is very cleaver, witty, funny, and beautifully precocious. I came to love the society of people, admire them for the difficulties they endured during the German occupation, while growing to support eachother and form a tight group. I enjoyed the writing, and novel in the form of letters was so entirely new that I was so thankful I picked this one up! It completely shook me of my recent "I am overwhelmed by what I am reading" issue. Ya gotta grab this one! :) Enjoy.

None of us had any experience with literary societies, so we made our own rules: we took turns speaking about the books we'd read. t he star, we tried to be calm and objective, but that soon fell away, and the purpose of the speakers was to goad the listeners into wanting to read the same book themselves. Once two members had read the same book, they could argue, which was our great delight (p. 51).

Ha, ha!! I just have to laugh looking at that that what are book blogging society is like!?!?! I love that, it is such a wonderful quote and I can fully relate. I always want people to read the books that I have read and then we can discuss them :)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Author Annie Barrows Website
And here are two trailers:

Have you read and reviewed it, give me your link! (pretty please?)


Corinne said...

So, this sounds awesome! I'm going to put it on my list - thanks :)

Jennifer said...

I really need to read this book. It sounds so wonderful and I love historical fiction, even if it wasn't that long ago. Great review as always!

BTW, I'll be in contact to set up a phone conversation. I'm reeling right now with getting used to our new schedule with Emma in school. I'm not as young and versatile as I used to be...

Ladytink_534 said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this book over the past few months from other bloggers. Love the videos btw.

Dar said...

I have read so many great reviews of this novel over the past month or so. I've been waiting for a copy from the library but it's starting to look like this is one to purchase instead. Great review Bethany.

Trixie said...

This one sounds great Bethany! I just love the quote you have listed too. I agree, it is wonderful when someone else has read the same book and the two of you can discuss it!

Mrs. B. said...

this sounds so good. I'm going to read it. Decided. :)

raych said...

Not going to lie, totally skimmed your review. I've been hearing about this EVERYwhere, and I'm, like, 39th on the queue at the library, so I'm not reading any more reviews until I get it in my hot little hands.

Glad you liked it.

Marg said...

I really loved this book when I read it not too long ago!

My review is here

Medbie said...

I love books in letters; I'm adding this to my list to read later!

Anna said...

I just bought this book a couple weeks ago, and I can't wait until I have time to read it!!

--Diary of an Eccentric

Sandra said...

I reviewed this one too and loved it but I don't know how to create a link using the box at the bottom. My review is here: