The Reading Circle
By Ashton Lee
(Kensington Publishing Corporation, Paperback, 9780758273420, 242pp.)
Publication Date: March 2014
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Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike. . .
If some folks had their way, the Cherico library would have shut down long ago. Councilman Durden Sparks aims to divert funding to a cause dear to his heart--and his wallet. With the aid of gumption and good friends, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew has finagled a one-year reprieve, and the burgeoning book club is raising the library's profile one mouthwatering meeting at a time. But more members mean more opinions. . .
While the "Forrest Gump"-themed shrimp dishes are a universal hit, meetings don't always go according to plan. Between spirited debate over book choices and surprising revelations and relationship hiccups--including Maura Beth's fledgling romance--there's a lot to discuss. And just when bad luck threatens to finish the library for good, the Cherry Cola Book Club may learn that the best stories have twists--and heroes--you never expected. . .
Praise for Ashton Lee's The Cherry Cola Book Club
"Lee's buoyant David-versus-Goliath tale zestfully illuminates a real problem confronting libraries and cities of all sizes." --"Booklist"
"Clever, sassy and as tasty as an icebox pie, "The Cherry Cola Book Club "is a rare treat." --Erika Marks, author of "The Guest House
- Revisit the book club argument between Maura Beth and Jeremy early in the novel. Pick a side and tell why you support it.