Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society out today in Paperback!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was easily my favorite book of 2008. Not only that, it is in my top ten favorites....ever. Yup, ever! If your Mom loves books or loves to read, this book would make a fantastic Mother's Day gift.

To celebrate the paperback publication, Dial Press is having a "Take Your Book Group to Guernsey" Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will travel to Guernsey with five friends from Friday October 2nd through Monday October 5th, 2009. Activities will include a joint book discussion with a UK book group, an island tour, and more! Enter here.


The story behind the novel is almost as good as the book itself. On a trip to Guernsey in 1976, Mary Ann Shaffer found herself at the tiny airport, fogged in. To stave off boredom she read through the books and pamphlets in the paperback rack, filled with items of local interest like "Jersey Under the Jack-Boot." Mary Ann explained: "The airport was so cold, the manager suggested I go read in the men's room; they had one of those warm air blowers for your hands and I could relax, lie on the floor, hit it on with my foot, keep warm, and read in comfort." Thus began the author's love of all things Guernsey, which lasted for the rest of her life and resulted in this wonderful book.

My review is here. Truly, this book is not to be missed! But don't take my word for it....here are some other reviews for you to check out:

Booking Mama

Bermuda Onion

Caribou's Mom

Lost in a Good Story

Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'?

A Girl Walks into a Bookstore

Medieval Bookworm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is published by Dial Press. ISBN 978-0385341004.

6 comments:

bermudaonion said...

This is great news for everyone who hasn't read the book yet! I entered the contest. Thanks for linking to my review.

Wendy said...

Thanks so much for the link to my review :)

Zibilee said...

I have heard very good things about this book and have been wanting to read it for awhile now. Glad to know it's out in paperback, I will have to get myself a copy. Thanks for the heads up!

Beth F said...

I lived in Guernsey for almost half a year in 1984. I did my doctoral research there. I loved this book!!!

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

This was my favorite book of 2008 too! Definitely one that I will read again and again!

Beth F - you lived there?! How cool is that!

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