Penny, a librarian and blogger over at Walking Upside Down, started the Blogosphere Book Circle, and each month we're reading a book and posting about it. This first month we read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It wasn't a book I was familiar with before I borrowed it from the library, (and it wasn't silly at all, despite the title.)
The fictional story takes place in the aftermath of WWII. It's told through an exchange of letters between Julia, a British author, and a group of people (the Literary/Pie Society) she befriends who've lived through the German Occupation of Guernsey, a Channel Island and British dependency.
The characters are delightfully well-drawn, and the history buff in me loved learning about the Occupation, even though many tales were brutally painful. It was thoughtfully researched, engaging, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.