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If You Like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer: "As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey--a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island."  

A novel told through a series of letters is called “epistolary fiction” - don’t you just love that word?  Some other epistolary fiction you might like:

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanf
Hanff, a New York writer, responds to an advertisement by a London bookseller and inquires about purchasing some out-of-print books. Her inquiry to Marks & Company is answered by a very proper Englishman, Frank Doel. Thus begins a witty, challenging, ever-literate exchange of letters. 
 
 
 
 
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
An epistolary novel set in the fictional island of Nollop situated off the coast of South Carolina and home to the man who invented the phrase The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man -- also named Jonathan Safran Foer -- sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis.
 
 
 
 
 
set amid the horrors of the siege of Leningrad in World War II, a gifted writer explores the power of memory to save . . . and betray. (not so much humor, but OH! such a lyrically beautiful book!)
 
 
 
 
 
A haunting coming of age novel told in a series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the life of Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent.
 
 
 
 
 
Which Brings Me to You by Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott
Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. This is not exactly the recipe for true love. John and Jane's lusty encounter at a friend's wedding isn't really the beginning of anything with any weight to it; even they know that.
 
 
 
 
Some other uplifting, humorous titles include:
 
Sometimes life is like a bad waiter--it serves you exactly what you don't want. The women of Freesia Court have come together at life's table, fully convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong shoulder can't fix.
 
 
 
In the small river town of La Luna, Louisiana, Calla Lily Ponder enjoys a blissful childhood at her mother's side, learns the art of healing through the humble womanly art of "fixing hair," and encounters first love with a boy named Tuck.
 
 
 
 
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit.
 
 
 
 
 
The story of a wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet who opens restaurant after returning from war. When a vibrant young women enters the cafe, she changes the lives of the regulars forever.
 
 
 
 
 
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg
The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.
 
 
 
 
Some other World War II titles that don’t have a lot of humor, but are so wonderful, include:
 
Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
The Reader by Bernard Schlink
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak