Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Cherry Cola Book Club is the touching and sometimes hilarious story of a young, upbeat librarian who has been given an ultimatum to increase the library’s circulation dramatically - or risk having to close its doors.
Maura doesn’t just start a book club; she gets involved in unique and unexpected ways with her library patrons. She entertains and advises them, she has potluck dinners, and life in the town begins to imitate art. The patrons begin to relate their own lives to the work of writers like Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee. In moving and personal ways, Maura helps them deal with such subjects as long-lost love and a brush with death, offering advice on nearly everything - including romance. No topic is off limits. Along the way, Maura raises the profile of the library - but will it be enough?
©2013 Ashton Lee (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
If you love your library and reading books, this is an excellent take on keeping a library going. This story is witty, informative, and full of southern small town charm. The Cherry Cola book group in Mississippi, was born out of desperation when librarian, Maura Beth Mathew finds that a crotchety city councilman wants to close down the library and use those funds to start a commercial area. If numbers of library users and library events don't raise, the library closes.
The characters who make up the book group are quite interesting and diverse. Their discussions of Gone With The Wind and To Kill A Mockingbird cover everything from history to personal issues, with great warmth and lots of humor. Of course, the councilman's contributions are definitely meant to foil the fun.
I really enjoyed this book, learning a lots about libraries and librarians, but mostly I enjoyed all the characters and their creative efforts to keep their library the center if their community and a treat in their lives. I listened to the audio version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Being a lover of book clubs, I thought I might enjoy this book. However, it had no depth and was very predictable. I only continued listening because I was painting and it made the arduous tasks of painting and cleaning a little more tolerable. There are so many other great books that would use your time and credits more wisely. I'm not usually critical, but would rather be honest as I value other reviews when I'm trying to make my listening selection.
It was worth listening too once, I enjoyed the storyline, but its not a book theat made me rush back to it when I had to put it down.
This book was difficult to listen to because so many of the characters sounded the same, in addition the narrator was not good at distinguishing who was talking. The book seemed to take forever and I only finished because I was doing a boring job that had to be completed.
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