Linda’s review of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica What a wonderful memory to have along with this book!


message 2: by Ross (new)

Ross Jersey and the rest of the channel islands were all occupied as well.


message 3: by Lawrence (new)

Lawrence I am curious why you would say this book might appeal to women more than to men. I am a man, and I loved this book.


message 4: by Heather (new)

Heather Ross wrote: "Jersey and the rest of the channel islands were all occupied as well."

I was going to say this! My husband is from the Isle of Jersey - their war museum is really interesting and informative.

Perhaps your friends at the art gallery were referring to all of the Channel Islands, rather than just Guernsey. Either way, I've added this to my to-read list :)


message 5: by Kelly (new)

Kelly thanks for sharing such a "small world" story, and connection to the book! I thoroughly enjoyed the book as well!
As for Lawrence's comment about being a man...I must agree, the book leans more towards the female audience mostly b/c of Juliet...but glad that Lawrence enjoyed it nonetheless (there ARE great male characters too!)


message 6: by Lawrence (new)

Lawrence Hi. I am wondering, I guess, what makes a book appeal mainly to women or to men. I think there is such a distinction. For example, I'd say a woman reader would be more in tune with pure "romance" fiction, like on the shelves in the grocery store. But I think those books have a target market. Otherwise, I find it hard to find the "key" to what makes a book woman oriented or man oriented. In the Potato book, I liked the female characters as well as the others. What do you think of "Run" by Ann Patchett? A lady's or a gentleman's book??


message 7: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I JUST read Run....so good question.
But before I answer, I think my opinion is based upon not knowing very men that read fiction outside of Stephen King or the guy who writes all the lawyer books like The Firm or Pelican Brief.
Pathetic, no?
My husband and his friends are more non fiction...
My book "circles" are so female based...so I think I guess I prob view most books as female oriented. ha!
RUN: you're right, good story for males, heavy male cast of characters...but again, the center of it all is this little girl (and her mother and their own beloved mother....).
Anyhow, good example, good points you make!
(way better than "chatting" with this Emma, hee hee)


message 8: by Kelly (new)

Kelly ps, I just reread that...what a terrible sentence: "I think I guess I prob..."
my brain is mush today: I teach 1st grade and have 2 small children!


message 9: by Lawrence (new)

Lawrence Hi, again. I mainly read fiction. I do read some nonfiction, but fiction is what I love. Maybe that is why I ask the question about what women or men like in fiction. Your points are good, too. Maybe, the distinction is a little phoney and it's all just a question of being open to the book --- I mean, more analytical about it as a book, rather than just taking a simply "feeling" approach. Then, all kinds of books will be accessible. (?????) Thanks for taking the time what with the kids at home and at school!


message 10: by Linda (new)

Linda Stephens i also thought it reminded me of the book "64 Charing Cross Road." I loved that book and really enjoyed this one as well.


message 11: by Gayle (new)

Gayle I am loving this book! so much life and joy in the midst of deprivation and despair!


message 12: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Linda, flagged for you. When they're gone let me know and I'll remove this post too.


message 13: by Daftwullie (new)

Daftwullie When did you work in Anchorage? Anna Washakie had paintings there a few years ago. She lived in Fairbanks, and since my husband liked her work, we have a perpetual one-woman show in our living room.


message 14: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Cushing Lucky you to have met someone from there!


message 15: by Katie (new)

Katie King A beautiful story!


message 16: by HyL (new)

HyL "At its core, this is a book about the love of reading, and the magic of books." I could not agree more. A book which, the moment I finished it, I wanted yo read another. I was so saddened to learn the author had died before completing the text, and heartened that her niece had taken on the task of completing it.


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