Book Club Kit: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
First Published: 2008
PCLD Kit: 10 Copies & Reading Guide
AJPL Kit: 6 Copies & Reading Guide

January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Information about the Authors, Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Reviews:
The Christian Science Monitor – “Book Review” by Yvonne Zipp
The Guardian (UK) – “Bright and Dark” by Stevie Davies

On the Web:
Author’s Website – http://www.anniebarrows.com/
Book Website – Includes a Potato Peel Pie Recipe, a Reader-Created Map, List of Books mentioned in Guernsey, and more!

Map of Guernsey:

More about the German Occupation of Guernsey:

WWII People’s War – “A Child’s War: The German Occupation of Guernsey” by Peter Le Prevost
The Guardian (UK) – “WW2 File: The Guernsey Resistance” by Walter Henry Lainé
The Guardian (UK) – “Guernsey Files Reveal How Islanders Defied Nazi Occupation” by Stephen Bates
Heritage Guernsey – “The Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-45
Wikipedia – “Occupation of the Channel Islands

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The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Book Club Kit) by Diane Ackerman

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One comment on “Book Club Kit: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  1. This book was an enjoyable read and lent itself to great discussion. Some participants struggled with the format – a compilation of letters to and from the main character (Juliet). The book was full of humor. The mix of characters was delightful. It was fascinating to learn about life in the Channel Islands during World War II. Many people wished that there were more books by Shaffer and Barrows.

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