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The Cherry Cola Book Club (A Cherry Book Club Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Ashton Lee
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Book Description

With its corrugated iron siding and cramped interior the Cherico Mississippi library is no Antebellum gem. But for young librarian Maura Beth Mayhew it's as essential to the community as the delicious desserts at the Twinkle Twinkle Café. It's a place for neighbors to mingle and browse through the newest bestsellers for the indomitable Miss Voncille Nettles to host her "Who's Who in Cherico?" meetings. The library may be underfunded and overlooked but it's Maura Beth's pride and she won't let the good ole boys on the City Council close it down without a fight.

Which is why Maura Beth has founded the Cherry Cola Book Club--a last-ditch attempt to boost circulation and save her job. Over potluck dinners featuring treasured family recipes the booklovers of Cherico come together to talk about literary classics. But soon it's not just Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee being discussed over chicken gumbo and homemade biscuits with green pepper jelly. Secrets are shared old dreams rekindled and new loves slowly blossom.

Southern charm wit and warmth combine in this delightful novel about great books true friends and the stories that give life its richest meaning on and off the page.

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Cherico, Mississippi: population, 5,000; home to a gourmet café, funky hardware store, vintage antiques shop, and an underutilized library that is struggling to stay open. A newly minted librarian, Maura Beth Mayhew, landed the directorship of the Cherico Public Library straight out of graduate school. Now, six years later, her dream job has become a nightmare as she is presented with a three-month deadline to get her circulation and membership numbers up—or else. Thus is born the Cherry Cola Book Club, a cute name for a serious effort to save Cherico’s library. As Maura enlists various townspeople to join the discussion group, where they deconstruct classic southern literature while delving into potluck suppers showcasing classic southern cuisine, her hugely successful efforts go roundly mocked and criticized by the recalcitrant councilmen. In the quest to change the officials’ opinion and hold on to this valued resource, vibrant friendships transform the small but appreciative community. Lee’s buoyant David-versus-Goliath tale zestfully illuminates a real problem confronting libraries and cities of all sizes. --Carol Haggas


''For anyone who has ever believed in the power of a good book, Ashton Lee's charming novel of a small Southern town with a flavorful plan to save its precious but woefully underfunded library will have you cheering from the start. Clever, sassy, and as tasty as an icebox pie, The Cherry Cola Book Club is a rare treat. Community activism has never been more delicious -- or more fun.'' --Erika Marks, author of Little Gale Gumbo and The Mermaid Collector

Product Details

  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075827341X
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (March 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Libraries! March 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I had so much fun reading this book!

Here comes a confession.

I did not have a library card.


I'm now the proud owner of TWO library cards!

From the front cover of CCBC to the very back cover, there is something for everyone. The invitation to Cherico, Mississippi begins with the words on the front cover, "Everybody has a story to tell..." And indeed, this debut novelist, Ashton Lee, does have an incredible tale to tell!

The story, the closing of the library in the small town of Cherico in order to 'prep the land' for incoming industry, is a story that those of us who are reading enthusiasts actually fear.

Laying the groundwork in the beginning chapters, the reader is given the opportunity to declare their allegiance to our loveable main character, Librarian Maura Beth Mayhew in her fight to save the town library or to side with Councilman Durden Sparks and his 'two underlings' in their effort to tear it down in the name of supposed progress. Good vs. Evil~~in my humble opinion. Here's where the author was very clever, even though the reader will always be on the side of good, there are some 'moments' of comedic relief regarding the evil trio keeping the reader amused.

I was absolutely uninterruptible when I was reading about the different ideas for the book club meetings throughout this book. Any and every person who is involved in a book club needs to read this book. The discussion about whether you're a 'Scarlett' or a 'Melanie' was a brilliant idea while the CCBC was doing their group read of GONE WITH THE WIND. And then the amazing meeting for the discussion of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD~~I'm getting ahead of myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A warm and cozy read! April 7, 2013
By Spanky
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first started reading this book, it took me a little bit of time to get used to the characters and the setting. I wasn't sure at first if it was because I'm a northener or if it's just that I have a deep cynical side. Either way, once I became familiar with the characters, I was genuinely interested in seeing what would happen to the library and how Maura Beth could possibly save it from those who would do it in. This book puts me in the mind of Jan Karon's Mitford series...memorable characters, a fully developed sense of place, and a plot that intrigues you and upsets you without disturbing you. If you are looking for a good book, this is an awesome choice. Just be fully prepared to cook when you get to the end. If it makes you hungry, you're in luck....there are recipes at the end!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long live libraries! July 14, 2013
When Cherico, Mississippi library director Maura Beth Mayhew faces the loss of her job with the town council's planned closure of the library, she has to get creative to make sure the good people of Cherico won't stand for it. Her solution--the Cherry Cola Book Club. However, the book club becomes much more than just a book club as the participants find their lives changed for the better due to their participation. But will the town's new-found appreciation for their library be enough to keep it open?

As a librarian and a Southerner from a small town, I could so identify with this book! Libraries across the country are closing, and the rest of us are daily faced with the realities of having to justify our very existence while trying to get people to take more advantage of the services we offer. Libraries are about so much more than books--we do provide life-changing experiences like the Cherry Cola Book Club. I only wish the good people of all of our towns would stand up and fight like the people of Cherico!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me October 7, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Trite. Neatly written and inoffensive, but just didn't hold my interest. Characters are a bit stock and situations seem over-described. It seemed like a teen book for adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Description of actual situation February 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ashton Lee's humorous yet actual description of the battle that libraries wage for funding in today's world should be thought provoking for library users and non-users. The humorous way that Lee reveals the inner workings of the library, the politics, and the community is extraordinary. His characters quickly become our friends and we truly find ourselves actually caring about them and wanting them to succeed in their battle for the library's future. If I didn't already have a library card, I'd rush out and get one!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Summer Read! May 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank you librarything members give-away program for choosing me to win a advanced uncorrected proof copy of The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee. The cute cover is what caught my attention, that and the fact that I am a huge book lover myself. I figured this would be the perfect book for me. The book is really a cute and fast read. With it's southern flair and small community charm it made me think of my very own home town. The way everyone knows everyones business and how quite often a lot of us will pull together to get something done. In this book there is a librarian named Maura Beth who is under threat of not only loosing her job but having the library completely shut down thanks to Councilman Sparks who want's to cut funding sources and picks that the library should be the first to go. The librarian soon forms a book club that not only grows but brings people closer together as friends. This new tight community starts working together to save their beloved library that was being taken for granted. During their book club get togethers there is lot of goodies that they eat. The neat part about that is there are recipes at the very end of the book on how to make some of these dishes and beverages! There is also suggestions on how to run your own book study on this particular book. So do they save their local library? READ TO FIND OUT! I recommend this book, especially right now as a fast summer read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loving the books
Published 21 days ago by lillian rowland
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like cute stories you will probably enjoy it
Cute story, but I was just about in a sugar coma by the time I finished it. The story was just so cutesy, it didn't ring true at all. Read more
Published 23 days ago by RCM
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I did not care for this book. Not much substance.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Meadows
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Read
Maura has been given a very short period to save her job and the town library. Inspired, she starts a book club where the members not only gather to discuss books, but to eat &... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, cozy story
This was a nice cozy story of a community coming together to save their library led by the librarian Maura Beth against the forces of the city council. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mrsg
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is so syrupy it's annoying. Also the thought that one book...
This book is so syrupy it's annoying. Also the thought that one book club could save a library is ridiculous. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Newman
3.0 out of 5 stars but would have been better with fewer
This book was just so-so for me. Shallow plot which they were making way too big a deal over. It did have some interesting characters, but would have been better with fewer, more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stormy
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
As a reader, I liked the idea of a book set in a library. One of my favorite places in the world. To think politicians want to close this one! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mj
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
The Cherry Cola Book Club is a great book. It's a quick, easy, and absorbing read, good for a rainy or cold winter's day. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bookworm_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
What a cute story.. I really enjoyed this book.. I opened it and never put it down till I was done.
Published 4 months ago by bufontae
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