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Our Next Virtual Book Club Selection is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
Why I Selected The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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As part of our new BINGO Reading Challenge, we randomly selected a category: a book made into a TV series or movie in 2018, 2019, or 2020.
We voted and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society won.
Until I saw the Netflix trailer for the movie, I had never heard of this novel. Soon after, I started hearing such positive buzz for the book that I hoped we could all read this for the book club.
Check out my downloadable “Books Club Questions for THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY” at the end of this post!
What is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society About
Written by two Americans, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is historical fiction. It tells the story of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, that was Nazi-occupied during the Second World War. The main character, Juliet, exchanges letters with its residents in the hopes of writing a book based upon their experiences. She then travels there to meet her new friends.
This book is unique for our Virtual Book Club:
- The book was first published a decade ago in 2008 (we usually read newish books)
- It’s our first book tied in with a movie (the 2018 Netflix film of the same name)
- It has two authors. Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, Annie Barrows
- It’s our first book club selection posthumously published (after the death of Mary Ann Shaffer)
- It’s our longest-titled (and hardest to remember) book selection
Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize four cast members!
- Lily James (Lady Rose) as the main character, Juliet Ashton, a writer during World War II. (Yes, I know, we somehow picked another WWII novel)
- Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley, Mary’s mother-in-law)
- Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil)
- Matthew Goode (Lady Mary’s second husband)
On a side note, who can’t wait for the Downton Abbey movie in September?
You can find out more about how the My Purse Strings Virtual Book Club BINGO Reading Challenge works.
To download a BINGO card to use with the Virtual Book Club or on your own, sign up below.
How to Participate in our Virtual Book Club Discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
1. Join our Facebook Group
2. RSVP to the Event
If you’re already a member of our group, you’ll automatically get invited to events.
It’s important to RSVP, even if you’re a maybe. You will get a reminder before the event. You can even add the Event to your calendar.
The discussion will take place inside the Event, within the discussion section.
3. What happens if I miss the Event?
The Event will have a start and stop time but you can still pop in at any time, even months later, to discuss.
To find out more about how our Virtual Book Club works, check out some of our past book club discussions.
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BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Don’t want to join us virtually? Use these questions with your own Book Club!
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Related World War II Book Blog Posts and Virtual Book Club Selections:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, our last discussion, about an unbelievable love affair that begins in the camp.
Lilac Girls, Virtual Book Club Selection about an all-female concentration camp and the woman who helps the survivors.
Ultimate Book List from A to Z, featuring several World War II books
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