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Subject: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:17 PM ET
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I'm sure that someone has mentioned this book before. I finished reading it this afternoon and I have to tell you that it's been a long time since I read a book as delightful as this. It's relaxing, quick to read and reminds me how things used to be.

If it's not on your WL yet, think about putting it there because it was well worth the wait!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:42 PM ET
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I really enjoyed it as well.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:08 PM ET
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I think I started a thread around November.  I loved this book.  I thought it was unique with the book done entirely in letters.  I found it very moving and really enjoyed the characters.

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:31 PM ET
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I loved this book!  The letter format was a nice change.  I passed it on to my sister and so far it has gone around 5 people.  Waiting for it to get back to me :)

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 8:16 AM ET
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I listened to the audio version and it was wonderful! When I was listening and people would try to talk to me, I kept saying, "Shhhhhhh!" LOL


Subject: Potato Peel Society
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 11:00 AM ET
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I just started the book yesterday and couldn"t put it down .  I did not get all the things done I needed to do on my day off but it was a lovely arternoon well spent!

Subject: I also loved this book
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 3:22 PM ET
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It is one of the books that I won't be posting, though, I can't give it up!

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Date Posted: 2/25/2009 3:56 PM ET
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I have it on request from the library. I'm next in line for it, so I can't wait.

Date Posted: 2/28/2009 2:26 PM ET
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If you like clever books in letters, try Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn.  It's not historical like G. but it's a fun read with engaging characters and plot.

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 1:32 PM ET
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If you like a book that is written with Letters between 2 people,  "84 Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff,  is delightful.  They even made a movie of it.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 12:35 AM ET
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I have this on my wish list. Its going to be awhile though. There are lots of people on the wish list too.

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I love this book. I received it as a gift from a PBS member (thank-you Mel!) and was totally enchanted. The sweet story developed through letters inclueded a lot of geographical and historical (WWII) information gleaned from them. It's a keeper for me, currently on loan to a 4th or 5th friend. Everyone has enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I just finished reading it - read it in two days.  Have to say it was one of the most delightful and enjoyable books I've read in a long time.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone to read.  Made me want to travel to the Channel Islands and see Guernsey.    Pat

Date Posted: 3/20/2009 11:41 AM ET
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I just got a copy yesterday, I'm about 1/4 of the way through it, and I can already tell it's probably going to be a keeper. Something would have to change drastically for me to change my mind and post it.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 8:28 PM ET
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I like how human it is.  Some of the subject matter is sad, disturbing since it's set in WWII.  The author puts a human, trying to get through each day kind of face on it.  It's also fun to have the island's story revealed letter by letter.

Subject: It's wonderful, stupendous, a great read....
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 3:06 PM ET
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but, what's it about?

Okay, so I gather it's set in WWII and it involves an island and letters and????????????

What makes it so wonderful? Details, details.pleeeassse.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 3:39 PM ET
Member Since: 2/14/2009
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What I really liked about the book was how it slowly built the characters through the letters that they exchanged.  The main premise of the book involves a writer who is looking for her next book to write, and she received a letter from a man in Guernsey who finds her name and address in a book that he enjoys.  As she starts to correspond with more people on the island, she gets closer and closer to them, and learns the story of how they survived the occupation by Germany during WWII. 

It's the type of book that makes you want to visit Guernsey, get to know the people, settle down and live there forever!

Subject: Thanks, Sharon
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 11:08 PM ET
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That does sound like an interesting read. Glad I have it on my WL. hehehehe. I probably #926 by now. Only 82 more weeks to go.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Actually Laura, I recently received the paperback, and then yesterday was offered the hardback.  I guess there was a glitch and the other requested versions weren't taken off my list.  I accepted the hardcover because this is a keeper for me.  So you might not have to wait all that long for a copy.  The line moves quickly.

An amazing book in it's humor, heartbreak and heartwarmth, the love among people so recently strangers.  I love the authors' voices and the style of letters telling the story.  And what a story it is...

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Date Posted: 7/18/2009 12:52 PM ET
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I am in the minority here.  I did not LOVE it.  I thought it was ok.  I didn't really care for the style of the entire book in letter form.  Good thing that there are lots of books out there.  There's something for everyone.

Subject: LOVED IT!
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 4:32 PM ET
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I loved this book. It was a wonderful surprise. I won it through a blog and was very pleasantly surprised. I agree. It was a relaxing read. I hope they write more together if possible.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 4:36 PM ET
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I hope they write more together if possible.

One of the authors died, that is why there is a co-author. Annie Barrows is Mary Ann Shaffer's niece. She stepped in to finish the project while her aunt was ill / after her death.

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Date Posted: 8/24/2009 3:17 PM ET
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Absolutely my favorite book of the year so far. I will not be parting with my copy!

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 8:02 PM ET
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I was lucky enough to get the book from my local library- since it was a "Book Pronto" I had only a week to finish it, but that was good since it kept me focused. Great book!

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 9:06 PM ET
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I just saw this one mentioned in a thread last week and luckily my library has it though there's a waitlist.

ETA yep I'm #38 right now! But they have several copies so it should go fast. I'm also in line for the audio download and those checkouts are for 2 weeks istead of 3 like for the books

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