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Ever Wish They’d Just Stop Making Movies from Books?

When I bought 84, Charing Cross Road on Amazon, I discovered it had been made into a movie featuring powerhouse actors Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft as Frank Doel and Helen Hanff. So, after inhaling the book like a bag of my fave potato chips, I simply couldn’t resist plunking down even more money for the DVD. If given the chance, I would have staked my life on the film being incredible. Luckily my life didn’t hang in the balance, because while 84, Charing Cross Road didn’t flop as a movie, it also didn’t achieve cinematic genius. Frankly, it was a…

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Book Reviews, Nonfiction

Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

New Yorker Helene Hanff loves books, but not just any old books. In 1949, hoping to satisfy her ‘antiquarian taste’ in books and save herself from the exorbitant prices of New York bookstores, this self-described ‘poor writer’ turns to Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s Charing Cross Road. So begins a 20-year letter exchange between the lively, somewhat salty and sarcastic Ms. Hanff and the oh-so-very-proper and reserved British bookseller Frank Doel… a letter exchange that slowly but surely turns into a touching friendship. This is the first time I’ve ever taken Amazon.com up on one of its book recommendations.…

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Movie Trailer: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I loved this book, as can be seen here in my book review. If a book makes me want to visit somewhere, it’s done it’s job. And I am determined to one day visit Guernsey. But as my post on books turned movies laments, I am forever disappointed by the cinematic versions of books. Does that mean I won’t be going to see Guernsey Literary…hell, naw. The video entices, and the actors are top drawer. So most likely, me and my smuggled popcorn will be there. What can I say? My dad always said I didn’t have the sense God gave tiny…

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Book Website: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Looking for a recipe for the Potato Peel Pie, I happened across an entire website dedicated to the book. You can read an excerpt from the story. Sadly, one of the authors, Mary Shaffer, has passed away, but you can watch a video of niece and co-author Annie Barrows discussing the book. The exchange of letters figuring heavily in the novel, the website allows you to send an e-letter on Guernsey Literary Society stationery to anyone you choose. There is also the original Potato Peel Pie recipe…complete with a caveat that it tastes about as good as toe jam. Okay,…

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Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. I’m a history fanatic, but if a book’s about war, it generally needs to be pre-20th century for me. A War of the Roses story, and I am glued, telling myself it was long ago and far away, even somehow romanticizing it. A story about WWI or any war thereafter – well, I am simply uninterested in a reminder…

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