September 1, Tuesday morning -- Reading Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

On the Geary bus heading towards downtown
Reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Two of her friends recommended it, one of whom met Mary Ann Shaffer at Book Passage bookstore a couple years ago. The literary and potato peel society -- what?! -- was a fabrication made up for the benefit of Nazi occupiers, by drunk farmers and fishermen after curfew.

Recently she read Shantaram, a novel sort of based on the author's life -- Gregory David Roberts. It's her new favorite book. The story, she explained, is vivid and transportive. It's about an Australian bank robber/heroin addict who escapes from prison and goes to India.

If she were to write her own book, it'd be an oddysey of personal growth. After her father passed away she was an AMIGOS volunteer in Paraguay.