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Mary Ann Shaffer (1934–2008)

Autor(a) de The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Mary Ann Shaffer was an American writer, editor, librarian, and a bookshop worker. She was born on December 13, 1934 in West Virginia. She later moved to California where she married and raised two daughters. She worked in the public libraries of San Anselmo, San Rafael and Larkspur. She then moved mostrar mais on to become an editor at Harper & Row. She is known for her posthumously published work The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which she wrote with her niece, Annie Barrows. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Shaffer, Mary Ann
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Shaffer, Mary Ann Fiery
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Local de nascimento
Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA
Local de falecimento
San Anselma, California, USA
Locais de residência
Martinsburg, West Virginia, Verenigde Staten
Barrows, Annie (niece)
Liza Dawson

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Mary Ann Shaffer (December 13, 1934 – February 16, 2008) was an American writer, editor, librarian, and a bookshop worker. She is noted for her posthumously published work The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which she wrote with her niece, Annie Barrows.

Mary Ann Fiery was born on December 13, 1934 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She had an older sister, Cynthia. They were raised in nearby Romney, West Virginia, but moved back to Martinsburg and went to high school there. Mary Ann is an alumna of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She married Carl Richard Shaffer in 1956, and in 1958 they moved to California, where they raised two daughters, Morgan and Liz. She worked in the public libraries of San Anselmo; Larkspur; and San Rafael during her career. She also worked at Harper & Row, advancing from a receptionist position to an editor's chair.

She died at her home in San Anselmo on February 16, 2008.




I really loved this book until the last ten pages. Right around page 260 I was only thinking about how badly I didn't want the book to end and then in one page the entire tone of the book changed. It went from being a touching story about a group of people who found solace and hope in each other through literature to a Nicholas Sparks novel. If I could rewrite the ending this would probably be one of my favorite books, but alas...
jskeltz | 1,229 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
3.5 stars

This was a light, sweet read that I finished in just one day (something I don't really do anymore). I've always wanted to be part of a book club like the one in Guernsey. The writing was subtly clever and funny, albeit a bit unrealistic and shallow - there was not a whole lot of character development or plot tension, and the ending is very abrupt.

In addition, there was a bit of profanity (which I never like, but which seemed even more out of place in an otherwise sweet book), including the names of God and Jesus used in vain.

There were also brief references to a character being gay which partially struck me as being 21st-century-agenda-driven and partially seemed to be a cop-out solution to a plotting conflict.

My favorite quotes had to do with reading and weren't related to the story at all. I'll share just one:

"That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment." (pp. 11-12)
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RachelRachelRachel | 1,229 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
I didn't think I'd like this book (probably why I didn't pick it up before now!) but as a book suggested by a friend on my book blog as her all-time favorite book, I figured I'd give it a shot.

It was confusing to me in the beginning, I couldn't figure out who all the people writing were (lots of characters) but it didn't take long to get into the book, to care about those goofy characters, and to keep turning the pages to see what happened next.

I loved the quirky personalities that came out through the letters, and what a clever way to tell a story. I loved the history in the story too. So glad I finally read this book!… (mais)
JillHannah | 1,229 outras críticas | Nov 20, 2023 |
What an utterly charming book! GLPPPS is first and foremost an ode to reading. Love of reading and books infuses these pages and makes it stand out from all the other WWII novels out there. You get to know characters through their reading or their lack of it, and I, for one, am onboard with judging the moral fiber of people who don't read books.

That said, the most important message of GLPPPS is that there is no wrong way to be a reader, which is just delightful. Eccentric Isola loves famous love stories like Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice; Protective Eben reads Seneca over and over again; Steadfast Dawsey loves the obscure Charles Lamb, and Flossey reads poetry to woo his wife. The best part of the book is witnessing these sweet and downtrodden Islanders discover the joys of reading. There's nothing more delightful than that.

The reason I'm not rating this five stars is because there are still quite a few tropes that I'm not fond of cropping up in this book: the sentimental and quirky heroine who doesn't get along with the flashy rich guy who wants to marry her; the perfectly kind, funny, and adventurous woman who is too perfect to be real; a small town where everyone knows everyone and loves each other, especially newcomers, and the crazy lady whose concoctions you should never drink. Do people really do that? The closest real-life example I've come across is Wisonsinites brewing their own beer.

Either way, if you love books, you'll love this book. Highly recommend!
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readerbug2 | 1,229 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |



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