It’s all in my Letter

guernseyIn these days of texting and email, the art of the letter with each word thoughtfully chosen and sent with feeling may be passing  but our love for letters goes on.  A recent example of this is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  The  letters begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton begins receiving letters from the residents of the small island of Guernsey talking about themselves and the island during the German occupation. The letters are enchanting, each demonstrating  the small acts of heroism that show the best of the human spirit.

Griffin and Sabine  by Nick Bantock, is a beautiful collection of letters and postcards between a lonely London card-designer named Griffin Moss and a mysterious South Pacific Islander named Sabine Strohem who seems to know griffinintimate details of his life and his work, yet they have never met. The book consists of  handmade postcards and lets the reader open colorful envelopes, each illustrating the inner mind of the characters who wrote them.  Sabine and Griffin seem to be linked psychically and as the letters continue, they grow more intimate.

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