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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
As London is emerging from the shadow of World War II, writer Juliet Ashton discovers her next subject in a book club on Guernsey a club born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi after its members are discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island. (catalog summary)

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Dear Committee Members
Dear Committee Members
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Emily Hudson

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Hey Harry, Hey Matilda
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Homeland: A Novel

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