Friday, February 12, 2010

Reading List...

From Miss Sally's book club, their 2010 reading list includes:

The 19th Wife - David Ebershoff
The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean
Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
The Zookeepers Wife - Diane Ackerman
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Playing the Enemy - George Carlin

Cheryl and I can vouch for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Societythis was a great storya very fast read. We highly recommend it. We learn about our main character Juliet Ashton through a series of letters that advance the story - a very interesting literary device (how's that for fancy book-talk?).


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 Societyborn as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their islandboasts 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.