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APRIL 3, 2012
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Snail mail prompts a writer to discover a hidden WWII history in this month’s novel for the On-the-Road @ Starbucks Book Club.  Join us for the discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society at the Starbucks in Oakwood on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. 

Restless at the end of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton searches for something new to write about.  An idea arrives by post from a man living on Guernsey Island, who is finding it difficult to obtain copies of Juliet’s books.  They begin to correspond and soon Juliet finds herself drawn into the history of the island during the dark days of the Nazi occupation and the story of the literary society that sprung into life as an alibi. 

The novel won the American Book Sellers Indie Choice Award for 2009.  For more about this book, check out the Reader’s GuideReviews of the book are also available:
Sadly, Mary Ann Shaffer, who conceived of the novel and wrote much of the book grew ill before the book was completed.  She called on her niece, Annie Barrows, to finish the project.  Mary Ann Shaffer never got to see the published novel.   Read more about the authors: To learn more about Guernsey Island, visit the following web sites: The library offers several other books, as well as a Canadian Public Television production, that portray what life was like under the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands: Finally, perhaps you'd like to try making a potato peel pie.  Here is the Recipe.

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