Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Best Books of 2008: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It's that time of year again, and your friendly neighborhood librarians are eager to tell you about the best books of 2008. Here are Patrice and Peggy with a review of their favorite book of the year.

From Patrice:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is the most charming book I’ve read in years. It takes place in 1946 when London is recovering from World War II. London Times columnist and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for a subject for her next book. Opportunity comes in the form of a letter she receives from Dawsey Adams, who writes Juliet because he possesses a book that she once owned. Adams is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is no ordinary book club. The book club was formed as a way for people to get together without raising the suspicions of Guernsey’s Nazi occupiers. The correspondence with Adams and others in the book club draws Juliet into the Guernsey community. She sails to the island of Guernsey to meet the book club group and her life is changed forever.


From Peggy:

My favorite book of 2008 is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. It takes place just after WWII. England and Europe are trying to recover from the devastation of the war. It is told in letters from the people on Guernsey with an author in London. The author, Juliet Ashton, is trying to decide what her next book will be about. One of the book club members in Guernsey finds her name in a book by Charles Lamb. He would like to find more books by this author. The story of Guernsey's occupation by the Nazis is slowly revealed in the letters Juliet exchanges with the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I was so engaged with the lives of these characters that I can not believe that they are not real and that this is a book of fiction.

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