The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE ON NETFLIX - A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name. "I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking fo...

Details The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

TitleThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherDial Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, War, World War II, Book Club, Adult Fiction, Adult, Writing, Books About Books

Reviews The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • Linda Sexauer
    Several years ago, I worked at an art gallery here in Anchorage. Though I loved the art, I wasn’t much good at selling it. More often than not, I just chatted up the customers, who were from all over the world.One night, four elderly people wandered in. They told me they were from a tiny island off the coast of southern England called “Guernsey”. I’d never heard of it, so they proudly explained it was the only part of British soil that ha...
  • Megha
    Dear Mary Ann Shaffer,I recently read your book 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'. It brought a few questions to my mind.Juliet writes in one of her letters: "Dear Sidney, What an inspired present you sent kit - red satin tap shoes covered with sequins" Didn't Sidney know what present he had sent?If you had to resort to sentences like these to speak what you wanted to, didn't you realize that the letter format and your writing d...
  • Zoë
    Although the abrupt ending frustrated me, the rest of the book was so soothing. This is probably due to the fact it was written in letters to loved ones and not the subject matter itself, as it focuses heavily on the atrocities of WWII. Also, it's a book about books! Nothing makes me happier than reading a book about why reading is wonderful.I read this because I watched and loved the Netflix adaptation (yes, I'm that monster who sometimes watche...
  • Melissa
    *3.5 stars* “Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.” Believe it or not—as shallow as this may sound—the stunning movie tie-in cover was the catalyst, goading me to take a hard look and commit to a book that’s done little more than float along my periphery for years.What do you get when you combine a roast pig dinner, an unavoidable lie ...
  • Will Byrnes
    Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer - image from from - Schaffer wrote most of the book, but was terminally ill so called in her niece, Barrows, to help her complete it.The GL&PPPS tells of Nazi occupation of this Channel Island during WW II. The story is told via a series of letters exchanged between residents of the island and a writer attempting to learn about their experiences. We are offered a wide range of charact...
  • Emma Kaufmann
    Once again I find myself reading ten pages of a book which is meant to be 'great' and wondering why it is just rubbish. I was meant to read this for a book club but it was about as palatable as a potato peel pie so I spat it out uneaten.Now, I'm sure there are American authors who can write in an authentic British voice (no one springs to mind, and Elizabeth George is terrible at it but at least her plot is not clunky) but Mary Ann Shaffer isn't ...
  • Alisa
    I'm in favor of:-pig farmers as romantic leads-parrots named Zenobia who eat cuckoo clocks-women who do the askingI'm not in favor of:-strong silent types as romantic leads-adorable children-parrots getting more page time than goats
  • Beth
    Gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush, gush!!! GUSH!!!!! So yes, clearly I loved this book.I think the only person I wouldn’t recommend this book to is one of those people who only read meaty tomes that might give regular people a brain embolism while they’re trying to make sense of the 17 different layers of subconscious meaning. I’d also hesitate from recommending this book to most men. However, if you have the ability to find joy and deligh...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    I loved this book - it's on my favorites shelf. So obviously I recommend it!In my March 2018 buddy read with Trish (which kind of disintegrated because she raced ahead and finished the whole book in like one day :p) I was impressed with how well the authors melded actual historical facts about the island of Guernsey during WWII, and people's wartime experiences, with the novel's storyline. I could see the seams a little - interesting true stories...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’Real dyed-in-the-wool readers can’t lie. Our faces always give us away. A raised brow or a curled lip means that it’s a poor excuse for a book, and the clever customers ask for recommendation instead, whereupon we frog-march them over to a particular volume and command them to read it.’’ Following an exciting April, I chose to start May with a focus on more contemporary, approachable reads that are simple but rich in themes focusing...
  • jessica
    definitely in the minority with my feelings on this one and i think its because im realising epistolary stories just arent for me.its a little ironic because, in one letter, juliets publisher says ‘ive read your chapters and they wont do. strings of anecdotes dont make a book.’ and thats all this book is! its full of letters with anecdotes. i do like that i learned about the island of guernsey, i appreciate the different perspective of WWII, ...
  • Cayenne
    This was one of the lovliest books I have ever read. I have read many books and seen many movies about World War II, but this one was the best. It was so real. I felt like I knew the characters and I wanted to run over to Guernsey to meet them in person. The stories about their experiences were so touching, not just because they were hard, but because the people were so brave. Horrible things happened to them, but I didn't feel traumatized readin...
  • Tatiana
    Update 8/13/2018Just saw the movie adaptation. Very faithful to the book, if not in plot (can't remember details 7 years later), certainly in tone. Saccharine and especially annoying in its watered down portrayal of Nazi occupation. Suffering-lite. The words that immediately come to mind when I think of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are nice, cute and, unfortunately, hokey(ish). I certainly understand its popularity (#4 most p...
  • Ruth
    I won an ARC of this book either from the NYer or from the publisher. I forget which, as it's been sitting around for a while.This epistolary novel is something I should have loved. I generally like novels in letters, it’s almost like peering into lighted windows at night as you pass, sewing the bits of life seen there into a coherent whole.It’s fun, this book, in its witty comments, sort of the way I wish I could talk all the time. Yet, abou...
  • L A i N E Y
    How can you write a review for a book that put perpetual smile on your face for 277 pages?? Definition of “supremely-enjoyable-while-reading” kind of book for me: so delightful, real funny and warm. Five long years since I first put this on my tbr shelf, should have read it a lot sooner...rating: ★★★★½
  • Beverly
    Such a beautiful book, I wish I owned it as a real book, instead of on my Kindle, because I would reread it right now. The title is terrible or I would have tried it out sooner. It sounds so kitschy and is rather hard to pronounce too. Potato Peel Pie is a tongue twister!Written by Mary Ann Shaffer who was a librarian, an editor, and a great family storyteller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, is an epistolary novel about the tr...
  • ij
    This book is a fictional collection of letters, telegrams, and notes centered on an author, Juliet Ashton, who connects with the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Society). The letters are primarily about residences of Guernsey during the occupation by the Germany Army, during WWII.The Society came about due to friends being caught out, by the Army, after curfew. These friends had just enjoyed a meal of roasted pig, which was a novel...
  • Aqsa (On Hiatus)
    Read for March Reading Sprint-2019 in Buddy Reads.First look at that title. It’s weird, isn’t it? I would never have read this if not for the amazing cover next to it and the good reviews and let’s admit, the fact that there is a movie on this.what is the matter with me? Am I too choosy? I don’t want to be married just for the sake of being married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows that was published in 2008. A novel about the trials of the people living in the Channel Islands, in particular, Guernsey, during the German occupation of World War 2. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juli...
  • Cyndi
    A beautiful book! The whole thing is told in letters. After WWII the world is trying to recover. A young woman, Juliet, wrote funny stories using a pseudonym for the paper to bring up morale. They have been published in a book. Now she is looking for her next project when she receives a letter from Guernsey. Dawsey came across a book she owned by Charles Lamb. Since her name and address were in the flyleaf he decided to write her and let her kno...
  • La Petite Américaine
    This book is boring, predictable, and pointless. Maybe the kind of thing that charms the sentimental. It's a series of letters in post WWII England between an author facing writers block and an island community who formed a book club during the German occupation. Eventually we meet the characters (who, oddly, have the same voice as the author in their letters) who come to describe one saintly, cliche, full of b.s. woman who held them all together...
  • Dem
    Have to admit when this book was recommended to me I was a little worried as for one I found the title strange and two I did not find the blurb very enticing. I am not going to try and sumarize the story as I feel I could not do it justice. I found this novel wounderful and I was lucky to be able to curl up on my couch while the wind and rain howled outside(end of May!!) and finish the last 150 pages of this book and enjoy it I did. The story of ...
  • Laura
    A friend gave this to me with the recommendation, “You’ll LOVE this – it sounds like you!” I assume she meant because the main character is a witty book lover, not because she’s a critical spinster. I don’t dare ask.At any rate, this is easily one of the most charming books I’ve read in a while. Our heroine, Juliet, spent the war writing light pieces for a women’s magazine, and now she yearns for more substantial material. When sh...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars”We'll meet againDon't know whereDon't know whenBut I know we'll meet again some sunny dayKeep smiling throughJust like you always do'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away” -- We’ll Meet Again,Vera Lynn / Frank Sinatra, Songwriters: Hughie Charles / Ross Parker Published posthumously in August of 2008, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society recalls the occupation of the Western European Channel Islands durin...
  • Bionic Jean
    Don't let the title put you off. Or the fact that it has two authors (the second recruited apparently when the first, her aunt, sadly became too ill to complete it.) Or the fact that it is a series of letters, or what literary types call an "epistolary novel". Or the whispering on the grapevine that it's a cosy piece, mostly read by women. All these tended to make me hesitate. But I'm so glad I persevered.The book has a post-war setting, but much...
  • Debbie
    THERE’S A MOVIE!I read this book ages ago. Loved it, then forgot much about it. But guess what? They made it into a movie this year (2018), an amazing movie. The actors (all of them unknowns) were excellent, as were the plot, atmosphere, etc. It’s intricate and sophisticated, and thankfully not a soap. Man did it draw me in, and it never let go. Now I realize why I loved the book, and of course now I want to reread it.This is a WWII love stor...
  • Amy
    I don't do this often, but I am commanding my fellow Good Read Sisters to stop what they are doing, order a pizza for the family and hide yourselves away with this book! You all deserve a treat and if I could I would come run your homes while you read - this book is that good. It's unique - all letters - but please don't be put off by that. On the contrary, Shaffer is able to add an edge of humor with this device...and is she also paying homage t...
  • Kelly
    This book garners a 1.5 from me. What a painful read.I won't dwell too long on what makes this book so wrong, but let's start with the problem of how difficult it is for a GOOD writer to develop character via the epistolary form. Now for two mediocre writers, it's even worse. I distinguish no voices among the twelve million uninteresting characters. Second, how about the "plot?" There isn't one, and what is moderately plot-like is so loosely stru...
  • Maxwell
    Ok I really enjoyed this book up until the end! It wasn't a bad ending, per se, but it felt really rushed. I was honestly taken aback by it's abrupt ending. That was a bit of a bummer. Nevertheless, this was a really endearing story about the power that books have to bring people together—so how can it not be great?It's told in a series of letters and telegrams between characters, but mostly from the perspective of Juliet Ashton, a journalist a...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    5★I absolutely loved this. I think I’ve avoided it because of the cutesy title, but I’m glad I finally caved. It’s a delightful story written in an exchange of letters between newspaper columnist Juliet and some residents of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel that is closer to France than Great Britain. They are an eccentric lot, to say the least.During WW2, Juliet wrote a light-hearted newspaper column to keep up...