The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer. & Annie Barrows. Lovingly dedicated to my mother, Edna Fiery Morgan, and to my dear. The Last Black Unicorn Tiffany The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, written jointly by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, Annie Barrows, is a novel composed in letters (and even.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Movie Tie-In Edition) Teacher's Please click on the PDF link below to download the Teacher's Guide. This books (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [PDF]) Made by Mary Ann Shaffer About Books #1 "NEW YORK TIMES. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE ON NETFLIX • A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German.

One day she receives a letter from a man living on Guernsey islands who found her address on a second hand book he had. Soon Juliet is exchanging letters with the members of Guernsey literary society and people talk about what books they like and why.

Then suddenly everyone forgets about the books and Guernsey people start sharing their most intimate experiences from the time during the world war with Juliet, who is only a stranger. A few weeks later Juliet goes to the Guernsey islands to meet and interview these people.

Of course everyone there just loves her except the evil woman. She stays there for a few months and decides to adopt a four year old orphan girl she met there. The girl of course loves Juliet more than the people who have raised her.

And then Juliet marries a pig farmer and settles down on the Guernsey islands. So much for the ridiculous plot. I should have just known better, just look at the cheesy title. However, all the characters in this book seem to talk in exactly the same manner. Be it an accomplished writer from the city of London or farmers from a remote island, their letters sound just the same.

Irrespective of whether the letters are being written to a close friend or to a complete stranger. Almost all of the characters have only a single trait. For some of the characters I can't recall even a single distinct characteristic. Mary Ann tries to have everything in one book. Time seems to move quickly or slowly, but it is time all the same; my wristwatch proves it.

I believe my wristwatch exists, and even when I am unconscious, it is ticking all the same. You have to start somewhere. It is within these assumptions that I must live. Even if everything everywhere is the same, I must eat an orange or I will die of scurvy. So within that reality, someday I will certainly die. I am 66, have had cancer, will die sooner than most of those reading this.

That is in the nature of things. When I read about the nature of life from Camus, the odds were that he would die sooner than me.

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Thomas Wolfe, who wrote about a wind-grieved ghost, was already dead. Cormac McCarthy will probably live longer than me. And there is Shakespeare, who came as close as any man to immortality. Raised as a Roman Catholic, I internalized the social values of that faith and still hold most of them, even though its theology no longer persuades me.

I wrote about that, too. I have no quarrel with what anyone else subscribes to; everyone deals with these things in his own way, and I have no truths to impart. All I require of a religion is that it not insist I believe in it. I know a priest, a lovely man, whose eyes twinkle when he says, "You go about God's work in your way, and I'll go about it in His.

My genes will not live on, because I have had no children.

Perhaps I have been infertile. If I discover that somewhere along the way I conceived a child, let that child step forward and he or she will behold a happy man. Through my wife, I have had stepchildren and grandchildren, and I love them unconditionally, which is the only kind of love worth bothering with. I am comforted by Richard Dawkins' theory of memes. After a lifetime of writing, teaching, broadcasting and happily torturing people with my jokes, I will leave behind more memes than many.

They will all eventually die as well, but so it goes. Advertisement I drank for many years in a tavern that had a photograph of Brendan Behan on the wall, and under it this quotation, which I memorized: "I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals.

I don't respect the law; I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.

No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do.

To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances.

We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out. In a moment or a few years, maybe several, I will encounter what Henry James called, on his deathbed, "the Distinguished Thing. I have already been declared dead. It wasn't so bad. After a ruptured artery following my first cancer surgery, the doctors thought I was finished.

My wife Chaz said she sensed that I was still alive, and communicating to her that I wasn't finished yet. She said hearts were beating in unison, although my heartbeat couldn't be discovered. She told the doctors I was alive, they did what doctors do, and here I am, alive.

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Do I believe her? I believe her literally--not symbolically, figuratively or spiritually. I believe she was actually aware of my call, and that she sensed my heartbeat.

I believe she did it in the real, physical world I have described, the one I live in with my wristwatch. I see no reason why such communication could not take place. I'm not talking about telepathy, psychic phenomenon or a miracle. The only miracle is that she was there when it happened, as she was for many long days and nights. I'm talking about her standing there and knowing something.

Haven't many of us experienced that?

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Come on, haven't you? I admire Skeptic magazine, but I'm not interested in their explanation or debunking of this event. What goes on happens at a level not accessible to scientists, theologians, mystics, physicists, philosophers or psychiatrists. It's a human kind of a thing.

Someday I will no longer call out, and there will be no heartbeat. What happens then? From my point of view, nothing.

Absolutely nothing. Still, as I wrote today to a woman I have known since she was six: "You'd better cry at my memorial service. Our subject sometimes turns to death.

I think that is a lovely thing to read, and a relief to find I will probably not have to go on foot. Footnote: At the urging of a reader, I took this quiz. It evaluated my replies and, from a list of 27 religions or belief systems, informed me that my top five categories were: 1. That was sort of what I expected.

Below: A poetry reading by the peerless Tom O'Bedlam. Lawrence Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.

I respect kindness in human beings first of all, and kindness to animals. Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map.

I ask myself, shouldn't the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France? Just as we take a train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star. We cannot get to a star while we are alive any more than we can take the train when we are dead.Realizing that he is pining for her, Juliet runs to Dawsey and asks him to marry her.

Plot[ edit ] In January , year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book.

And to spend so much time with her and her men of course What is the utility of arguing our "beliefs" about it? I did some more reading.

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