Sunday, October 19, 2008

What'cha Readin'?

While I have been watching all the election news and non-news, I have also been reading a perfectly delightful book. Thus, proving that I, too, can multi-task. The book is called "The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society", by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

I'm always a sucker for good fiction set just before, during and just after World War II. And, this one fills the bill. It starts out in London in 1946. Writer Juliet Ashton is trying to decide what to write next, when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a man who lives on the Island of Guernsey. He found her name in the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb. He is very interested in Lamb, and wrote to ask Juliet if she could recommend further books and if she can recommend a good book store in London, where he could buy them.

The book is a series of letters from Juliet to Dawsey, Juliet to her agent and his sister, and back to Juliet, and eventually, she is corresponding with many inhabitants of Guernsey. She learns that the island was occupied by the Germans for five years, during the war, and becomes interested in the various stories told by the Guernsey-ites? Guernsey-ans? The letters are very interesting, and give the book the flavor of, say, "84 Charing Cross Road", which is another of my favorites.

Juliet finally goes to Guernsey, to do further research, and learns all about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

I am not going to ruin it for you by telling you any more of the plot. I'll just say that I loved this book, and hope you'll read it and love it, too.

5 comments:

Sister--Three said...

Nothing like a good book. Glad you have something good to read.

Kay Dennison said...

Noted on my longggg "must read" list which means I may get to it eventually. Sigh . . . so many books so little time.

I'm reading Dark of the Moon by John Sandford and Pressure is a Privilege by Billie Jean King. I always have a fiction and a non-fiction book going.

kenju said...

That one sounds good. I am reading "Sons of Fortune" by Jeffrey Archer and also the "Edgar Sawtelle book, but I on;y just started it. The Archer book has really held my interest.

Bear Naked said...

Thanks for the recommendation.
This sounds like a good read.

Bear((( )))

Margie's Musings said...

I'm still reading (when I can work in the time) "God and Empire" by John Dominic Crossan. Interesting book too!