Genre: Adult

Books as Connection in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2008)

Books as Connection in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (2008)The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferAnnie Barrows
Published by A&C Black on May 10th 2009
Genres: Adult
Pages: 256

Suggested Age Range: 16 and up

The Book: It’s 1946, World War II has ended, and Juliet Ashton is seeking ideas for her next book project. When she receives a letter from a man who lives on the British Island, Guernsey, everything changes. Dawsey is simply looking for a book recommendation from Juliet, but when he begins to write about the book club formed during the Nazi occupation of his island, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Juliet realizes this may just be the topic of her next book! She is drawn into the world of Guernsey and the heroic actions its inhabitants took during the war. Told through a series of letters between Juliet, her friends, and the members of society, this novel is a true gem. Illuminating the power of art, compassion, and the ways in which literature brings people together, this book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows is one to be savored again and again!

Spirituality in The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society: This story is rich in spiritual themes and says a lot about the human condition and how we as people reach out to others in the darkest of times. I was especially interested in the character of Elizabeth, one of the women living on Guernsey, who does what is right, even in the face of great sacrifice. The way the people of Guernsey connect with one another and even their German occupiers highlights their spirituality—and this is certainly an aspect of the book that would make for rich and satisfying discussions.

Who Should Read This Book: If you enjoy historical fiction, you should read this book. If you want a story that will make you laugh and transport you to Britain during a significant point in its history, you should read this book.

The Final Word: This is my first review of a book for adults (and what does that really mean, anyways?) on the blog, and I am absolutely ecstatic that it’s this one. I bought a used copy of this at a library book sale and had been planning to read it for ages. During a recent holiday, I took the book along with me, and there were times when I just couldn’t put it down. Told through a series of letter, and some telegrams, I appreciated the different voices of the characters that came through their messages. Yes, there are incredibly happy parts and there are also sad parts. One can expect this with a novel that takes place just after World War II. But this book is worth it, in every way. Strongly recommended for reading groups!


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#AtoZChallenge: A is for Apple Pie Perfect, A Cookbook by Ken Haedrich

#AtoZChallenge: A is for Apple Pie Perfect, A Cookbook by Ken HaedrichPie by Ken Haedrich
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 13th 2011
Genres: Adult, Cookbooks, Courses & Dishes, Pies
Pages: 656

The most comprehensive and straightforward book ever written on the topic, Pie is a complete guide to how easy it can be to make perfectly praiseworthy pies. Every recipe has been tested for success and features advice and tips specifically for that pie. Chapters include: “Berry Good Pies,” “Rich, Sweet, and Simple: Chess, Buttermilk, and Other Custard Pies,” “Personal Pies, Turnovers, and Other Little Pie Treats,” and of course, the foundation chapter, “Pie Pastries and Crumb Crusts.”

A children’s and young adult literature blog that shares cool cookbooks too? Why not?!

I’m participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge for the month of April, and you can imagine that many of my posts will be concerned with books. Some may concern other topics, but regardless, it shall be an adventure!

A is for Apple Pie!

Apple Pie Perfect, to be exact.


It’s a cookbook by Ken Haedrich, who wrote the mammoth tome, Pie, which is also excellent.


Apple Pie Perfect is a collection of 100 recipes for Apple Pie, and I can attest that this cookbook is a must-have for any avid pie baker. I don’t usually review cookbooks on the blog, but I am considering making this a regular feature.

As a baker who loves to make pies, cakes, and other desserts, I have tried a handful of Haedrich’s recipes already, including several of his crust recipes (he includes a whole section in the beginning of the book). In addition to a section on Apple Pies of Fall and Winter, there is the chapter, “Apple Pie on the Fringes” and “Apple Pie in a Jiffy.” The book includes a section on all the different types of apples for baking pies. I loved the apple pie made with honey and appreciated the apple butter pie as well.

The section on summer apple pies is not to be missed—I now regularly bake a blueberry apple pie.

In closing, it seems that there could be a spiritual aspect to the art of pie baking…and of course pie sharing with dear family and friends.

Happy Pie Baking & Happy A to Z Blogging!



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