Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Potato Peel Pie (#atozchallenge)

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A few years ago, I read a lovely book called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. I loved it. Recently, I learned of the audio book, and I love that even more than reading it myself. It's exceptionally well done.

The story is set in the aftermath of World War II, and is written as a series of letters between several of the characters in the book. The main character, Juliet Ashton, is a writer, and is looking for her next project. She receives a letter from someone who received a book she once owned, and they begin writing to each other. Eventually she visits Guernsey, an island off the coast of England, and gets to know the people there.

It's a beautiful story. I loved reading about the relationships the people in the Literary Society formed with their books. I also loved reading about their resourcefulness in surviving German occupation during the war. They made up the name of their group because the German soldiers didn't like people congregating, but some how their book club was okay, but they did have a pie with an actual potato peel crust. Talk about ingenuity!

I'm thinking of having my girls read this as a free reading selection when we study World War II.

This is one of those books, like James Herriot's, that I can't leave in a thrift store. I have to buy all the copies I find. The good news is, I know lots of people who want one, so I rarely have extras!

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