Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee
Cherico, Mississippi library director Maura Beth Mayhew faces the challenges of libraries just like everyone else. As she is in such a small town, the ever-present dangers of having the library closed so budgeted money can go elsewhere is all too real. With Councilman Durden Sparks breathing down her neck with an agenda for the upcoming budget to re purpose the funds the library normally receives, Maura knows she has to up her game.
With a few friends she starts a group that reviews classics and calls it the Cherry Cola Book Club ( cute story behind the name). The group ties in food with the discussion and looks to go deeper than your average book club. Surprisingly, Durden Sparks accepts Maura’s invitation to join the group, even though Maura is quite aware that Durden is their to undermine her and keep a close eye on what the library is up too.
Will Maura’s efforts to let her community know the value of a library be enough? Or is it too little too late?
You had me at book club. ~ Sheila
I discovered this little gem while browsing audible.com for an audio to go on my phone while I was working outside. Initially as the story started, I had a strong feeling my review was going to include the words “predictable” but sweet.
I have to admit though, I was surprised at the depth behind this story. Maybe it was because of my involvement in our local library and City Library Board, but Maura’s fears of budget cuts and the community not being aware of the value of the library were all to real fears for our own town and perhaps that made me appreciate this one even more. I actually found some of her ideas to present the value of the library to the community to be good ideas and my own mind started turning these ideas to how they could fit in our own community.
All in all, I really appreciated this audio. I enjoyed the fun diverse characters and I have to say the discussion on To Kill A Mockingbird made me want to insist that my own book club review this classic so we can have such a discussion.
Those who appreciate Libraries I feel will like this book. I also feel book clubs could have a lot of fun with this one as there is a lot of food mentioned with recipes in the back of the book (they were read out loud on the audio). I really want to make that Cherry Cola drink with lime they mention… and the tomatoes and okra sound interesting too….
as I was looking up the audio book picture for this post, I seen the cover for the book version. It is funny but as I would probably not consider listening to a “cozy read”, I would not have given this book a second glance due to the cover. I LOVE the audio book cover.
I am going to link this post to Weekend Cooking as the back of the book (and in the audio!) listed all of the recipes for the southern YUMMY foods they mentioned throughout. I will listen to the last chapter again to pick up on some of these recipes. I LOVE when books talk about food and then give us the recipes to make what they discussed!