Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee
Maura Beth Mayhew is shocked and devastated when Councilman Durden Sparks informs her she has five months to increase circulation and make the public library relevant to the citizens of Cherico, Mississippi, or the city council will withdraw support by deleting the library from the budget. Maura Beth is Director of the small library of only 3500 square feet, and she runs it with just two part-time clerks, struggling to put best sellers on the shelf. Since the council won't even give her money for computers for the public, she doesn't now what to do. She was depressed when she stopped to see her best friend Periwinkle Lattimore at The Twinkle, Twinkle Cafe, but it was a new customer there who inspired Maura Beth. When Connie McShay mentioned the book club she left behind when she moved to Nashville, Maura Beth decided Cherico would have a book club. And, maybe the club could drum up enough support to save the library.
The Cherry Cola Book Club isn't just for librarians. It's for anyone who wants an entertaining story filled with charming Southern characters (and a villain or two). The book club takes unusual angles when discussing Southern literature, Gone With the Wind and To Kill a Mockingbird. The story examines what makes a community as the book club and the library bring people closer. And, of course, it features a valiant heroine fighting to preserve the library.
One reader referred to Ashton Lee's fresh voice, a voice that easily gives life to a small Mississippi community where people know each other, but may not know each others' secrets. The Cherry Cola Book Club brings together an unusual group of people, just as libraries often do. Lee brings each of them to life in this captivating story.
To keep up with reviews, tour dates, etc. for "The Cherry Cola Book Club," please go to: facebook.com/ashtonlee.net and click on the big 'Like' icon. (And, if it's not there yet, you'll soon see he's scheduled to appear at the McCullough Branch of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.)
The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee. Kensington Books. 2013. ISBN 9780758273413 (paperback), 260p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.