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In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.

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Books About Book Clubs

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    As six Californians get together to form a book club to discuss the novels of Jane Austen, their lives are turned upside down by troubled marriages, illicit affairs, changing relationships, and love, in a comedy of contemporary manners
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran
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    The author describes growing up in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the group of young women who came together at her home in secret every Thursday to read and discuss great books of Western literature.
  • Dinner with Anna Karenina
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    Six very different women, drawn together by their love of literature, get together each month to discuss their favorite novels, as well as to rally around each other when painful truths and dark betrayals are revealed, forcing them all to examine their own lives.
  • They did it with Love
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    Moving to the Connecticut suburbs from Manhattan to find a more peaceful way of life, Sofie and her husband find their idyllic community rocked by the murder of a member of Sofie's new neighborhood book club.
  • The Reading Group
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    Five women meet regularly to discuss books and they are changed as they bond together while facing crises in their lives, such as a wedding, a mother with dementia, an unmarried pregnant daughter, and philandering husbands.
  • Summer Reading
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  • Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
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Epistolary Fiction

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  • The Letters
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World War II

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    With the nation's men at war, three beautiful young English volunteers arrive at a farm to help the cause under the land girls program. Yet even the peaceful English countryside cannot escape the flames of the war and soon it touches them all in a way that will alter their lives forever.


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