Monday, January 25, 2010

A Lovely Book

If reading a book that's been written in letters makes you insane, this may not be the book for you, but I loved it. "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" is the best adult book I've read in years. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Random House Reader's Circle)

There were so many things about this book that made me happy.  I loved the idea that a certain famous author/playwright might have written letters to a little girl who'd lost her cat, letters with stories of the cat's adventures.  I loved how sharing books and stories brought the characters together.  I was sad to learn that Mary Ann Shaffer died before the book was published though.  Had she written more books, I would have picked them up.  Annie Barrows has other children's books.  I've read one or two from her "Ivie and Bean" series, and they were wickedly funny.  I can't tell you how refreshing it was for me to find a book written for my age group that I could connect with.  


  1. Someone else recommended this book to me a few months ago, and I couldn't remember the title (though I know I'd remember when I heard it again). Thanks:)

  2. How sad to die before your book is published... Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. Thanks for the tip! I've been wondering how this one is.