For our March selection, we'll be reading The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows.
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.
Food: Since our March meeting is a day before Mardi Gras, we thought it'd be fitting to do have a Mardi Gras party/book discussion. So, plan to bring your favorite Mardi Gras dish for our potluck!
Please sign up to bring an item from one of the following open areas:
- Main dish (3 people): Paula (Andouille Stuffed Green Peppers), Julie (TBD), & Jennifer (chicken)
- Side dish (5 people): Jennifer (green salad), Jessica (red beans & rice), Ali (corn muffins or biscuits), Cheryl (Clogger's salad), & __ (?)
- Dessert: Christi (King Cake)
- Drinks: Alexis (wine - red and white)
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Please note: The CG Book Club is capped at 14 members. For a list of the current members, you can see the list here. If the list is under 14 members, you must RSVP and attend a discussion before joining so that we see you are serious about joining the book club. And, you should talk to Christi about formally joining (rather than just as a visitor).
If the list is at 14 members, please contact Christi if you are interested in joining a full-time book club with at least a 6-month commitment.
Non-members are welcome to RSVP to attend a discussion, but members have priority over non-book club members for this event. Non-members will not be able to vote on upcoming book choices.