Kaite’s Crystal Ball

2159erjhkcl__sl160_.jpgWay back in May, Kaite wrote a post about a book that would make perfect August reading. Well August is almost here, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is starting to get a lot of buzz.  It was featured on NPR as part of Booksellers’ Suggestions for a Summer Afternoon, and an article about the book’s writing team appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal. Nora Rawlinson tells us on her blog that Dial Press is shipping over 100, 000 copies, though “libraries show light ordering” so far.  

For a book group, the book offers lots of possibilities. There’s the book-club-within-a book-club angle, the novel-in-the-form-of-letters angle, the historical fiction angle, and the Masterpiece Theatre angle (based on the series from a few years back called Island at War, which also dealt with the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands).  

You can find a reader’s guide with discussion questions on the Random House site.

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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