The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Review  tglappps The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Random House 2005, 274 pages.

MOTIVATION for READING:    You really didn’t think that I’d let a hot book with the word ‘pie’ in the title escape me, did you?        AND it’s about words and books and the love of books!    wonderful;  all kinds of wonderfulness.

WHAT it’s ABOUT:    A writer, Juliet, emerging from the war-weary time after WWII is looking for an idea for her next book when she receives a letter from a gentleman who had one of her ‘passed on’ books;  seems she had her name and address inside the front cover.   With no idea if the letter would find her, the guy sent off a request for more information about  the author Charles Lamb and how to get more books.      He is from Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands that had been occupied by the Nazis for most of the war.   And so Juliet begins a discovery of friendship and life and love.     This is a heartwarming, funny, endearing gem of a book full of crazy wonderful characters, history of the war and the power of the human spirit.    I heartfully and pie-fully recommend.

That’s really all I need to say, I think.   Five PIES.    pieratingsmlfourpie

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The official website has all sorts of fun stuff, too.    Ya know, if you need even more information.      I was going to include something about ‘what-actors-should-play-the-parts’ if they were to make a movie but even the comments for that give away hints of what happens in the book!        Lots of protests, too:   “PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A MOVIE!    It would only ruin the story.”

What do you think?   If you’ve read this book, would you want to see a movie?

16 thoughts on “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. “You really didn’t think that I’d let a hot book with the word ‘pie’ in the title escape me, did you?”…You so crack me up, girl! I really do need to pull this one off the shelf one day, don’t I?

  2. You are reading all the good books Care. This book is on my wishlist.

    I’m on a roll, aren’t I? I have been a greedy speedy reader this past week.

  3. Wasn’t it sweet? I bought it for my mother a while ago, and then I wasn’t able to get it to her as quickly as I thought I was going to, so I, um, read it in the meantime. What a friendly book it is; I was glad the interwebs convinced me to get it.

    I do that! I buy books for presents but read them first… Good for you.

  4. I haven’t read this book yet, but I will be reading it for an upcoming TLC tour. I can’t wait to get started.

    Really? Oh, I’m so happy that TLC got this for tour! I’m sure everyone will love it. Will be watching for your review.

  5. I haven’t read this one, yet, but I swear I’m going to get to it, someday. Maybe September. I’m glad you liked it 4 pies worth. :)

    Actually, I changed it to FIVE pies! It’s wonderful – has all sorts of stuff to love, imo.

  6. Still haven’t read this one yet, can’t wait to though! So have you ever tried making this kind of pie? I’ve never heard of “potato peel pie” but I do love a good homemade potato pie :)

    1. HA! They actually say in the back of the book reader guide NOT to try it! so, no. But I’m still toying with the idea. Nah, I mean, I did think about it but I know I never will… Yea, now the good ol’ potato pie… forget it – just give me a heaping bowl full of mashed potatoes, butter, sour cream, salt&pepper. Now I’m hungry.

  7. I loved this one too. It really was full of bookish yummyness but Potato Peel Pie doesn’t actually sound very yummy at all. Now Sweet Potato Pie is a whole other deal…

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