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Annie, before the book club ends I want to thank you for a very fun book club.  I looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed all the messages and had a good many laughs between reading the book (twice) and everyone's responses.  I'm sure you knew you didn't have to worry about the public's response to your book; after all,  how could anyone not enjoy this book?  You were one of us in the book club and not just an author looking in.  I am sorry that Mary Ann did not live long enough to see what a success The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book is.  Her presence was definitely felt and I am sure she is smiling down on all of us.

 

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Annie, before the book club ends I want to thank you for a very fun book club.  I looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed all the messages and had a good many laughs between reading the book (twice) and everyone's responses.  I'm sure you knew you didn't have to worry about the public's response to your book; after all,  how could anyone not enjoy this book?  You were one of us in the book club and not just an author looking in.  I am sorry that Mary Ann did not live long enough to see what a success The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book is.  Her presence was definitely felt and I am sure she is smiling down on all of us.

 


Thank you! I've had a swell time talking with you all--just as I know Mary Ann would have, too. I was talking the other day with a man who used to work with Mary Ann when she was in publishing. He told me that the two of them decided they were going to write a book together on their lunch breaks. But every time they sat down to work, they started laughing so hard they couldn't write. We all wish she had written more books, but I'm glad to think of her laughing so much she couldn't hold on to a pen.

 


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No matter what they think about the book in Guernsey - and I will ask them - you and your aunt are a total success in my neck of the woods. I just had a call from my 97-year old mother-in-law who has macular degeneration and hasn't read a book in many years; she heard so much about it on the radio, at the beauty parlor, from family and others, that she started to read it. She usually spends a couple of hours in the morning putting the newspaper into her magnifying machine (I don't know what that thing is called) and manipulating the pages is hard since she has no feeling in her fingers, and eye strain prevents her from reading for longer periods. But she is curious about "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and when my sister-in-law left it behind after a visit this weekend, she put it under the magnifier. She said she's only read a few pages so far, but Dawsey and Charles Lamb have come up and she is hooked. 

 

So I thank you for giving us this book; its humor and humanity give us something to cling on to. Mother and I discussed the effects of WWII and of the Depression Years and we agreed that human beings are quite "durable." The citizens of Guernsey, as they are portrayed in your book, show us how one survives.  

 

Mother talked about her younger years, getting married during the Depression, sharing an ice cream cone with her new husband on a Saturday night and feeling lucky. I told her about my mother taking apart one of her own old dresses and sewing a coat for my doll at Christmas. And how I finally got a new pair of shoes that was so big that I had to stuff it with newspaper for a whole year. How, as a six-year old, I stole a piece of bread from the garbage can and was banned from the kitchen by the French Colonel who occupied our house.

 

Gisela


Wow, your mother-in-law is working so hard to read! The book is out on CD, which could make it easier for her. But maybe doing it her way is a triumph. Well, good for her, in any case. I'm glad our book provoked some good discussions. 


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Annie_Barrows wrote:
Wow, your mother-in-law is working so hard to read! The book is out on CD, which could make it easier for her. But maybe doing it her way is a triumph. Well, good for her, in any case. I'm glad our book provoked some good discussions. 

We've suggested CDs many times and she has tried audio-books but she says she can't concentrate and nods off when she tries to listen to them. On the other hand, a small portable radio is her constant companion for the news and political commentary. And yes, reading a few pages of the book was a triumph for her; she sounded excited about it.

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