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The Mammoth Cheese By Sheri Holman The Mammoth Cheese Three Chimney s Virginia resident Margaret Pricket a single mother and specialty cheese maker is in danger of losing all she holds dear Her century old family dairy farm is falling deeper into deb

  • Title: The Mammoth Cheese
  • Author: Sheri Holman
  • ISBN: 9781844081271
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mammoth Cheese By Sheri Holman Three Chimney s, Virginia, resident Margaret Pricket, a single mother and specialty cheese maker, is in danger of losing all she holds dear Her century old family dairy farm is falling deeper into debt Her thirteen year old daughter, Polly, whom Margaret has tried to shelter from the modern world, is becoming perilously drawn toward her charismatic, subversive history teThree Chimney s, Virginia, resident Margaret Pricket, a single mother and specialty cheese maker, is in danger of losing all she holds dear Her century old family dairy farm is falling deeper into debt Her thirteen year old daughter, Polly, whom Margaret has tried to shelter from the modern world, is becoming perilously drawn toward her charismatic, subversive history teacher Margaret s loyal farmhand, August, a Thomas Jefferson impersonator by night, is secretly in love with her And she s been convinced by the town s pastor to re create the original Thomas Jefferson era, 1,234 point Mammoth Cheese, as a gift for the president elect Soon the entire town is wrapped up in the endeavor, and Margaret finds herself torn between her principles and her passions An American pastoral like no other, The Mammoth Cheese is a delicious and satisfying tour de force.
    The Mammoth Cheese By Sheri Holman

    The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman Jul , The Mammoth Cheese is a good illustration of an ambitious mess being interesting than a safe success Say what I will about the somewhat long and meandering narrative, The Mammoth Cheese Holman, Sheri Books Apr , An Our Town for our times, The Mammoth Cheese is beautifully crafted and driven by warm, vibrant characters as it follows the residents of rural Three Chimneys, Virginia, on their journey to re create the original Thomas Jefferson era, , pound Mammoth Cheese. Mammoth Cheese Thomas Jefferson s Monticello In the summer of , Elder John Leland persuaded the ladies of his Baptist congregation in Cheshire, Massachusetts, to manufacture a mammoth cheese He intended to present it to President Thomas Jefferson in honor of his republicanism and his support of religious liberty. Word of the cheese making and its purpose soon appeared in print. The Mammoth Cheese Encyclopedia The Mammoth Cheese Jefferson Many Americans agreed with Thomas Jefferson that his election to the presidency in marked a revolution Elder Leland In Massachusetts, Baptist leader John The Mammoth Cheese Grove Atlantic Acclaimed best selling author Sheri Holman s third novel, The Mammoth Cheese, has been hailed as stunning a Great American Novel par excellence by Newsday and by The New York Times Book Review as lovely, disarming

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    1. Terence on said:

      Sheri Holman is becoming one of my favorite authors The Mammoth Cheese wasn t as much fun to read as my first exposure to Holman The Dress Lodger but I still enjoyed it a lot, and Holman continues to create believably quirky characters and believably mostly happy endings As I ve mentioned in other contexts, I am drawn toward stories where the protagonists are constantly talking past each other yet somehow manage to cope with all that life throws at them and come through in the end.In The Mammoth [...]

    2. Nancy on said:

      I read a review that compared the plot of this book to the Mississippi River and I have to agree not only does it pick up and drag along everything it encounters, it s S L O W In an attempt to create endearingly quirky characters, there are too many side plots and unresolved irrelevant issues, and most of the characters are unlikeable, not endearing Far too much time is spent focusing on the teen aged daughter s crush on her middle school history teacher The only reason I gave this book two star [...]

    3. Discoverylover on said:

      Left at the OBCZ at Martha s Pantry unregistered, so I m registering it and will re release it, possibly reading it first When Manda Frank gives birth to an astonishing eleven babies, the world descends on her home town of Three Chimneys, Virginia Beneath the intense media spotlight the town begins to give up it s long held secrets from unrequited love to dangerous and subversive passions Meanwhile, cheesemaker Margaret Prickett decides to highlight the plight of the rural community by creating [...]

    4. Elizabeth on said:

      I would agree that this book can be compared to the Mississippi River that is majestic and rich with history I loved the complex and nuanced characters, and all of the historical detail I m an absolute sucker for this kind of book I am going to run out, find all of Sheri Holman s other books and read them immediately.

    5. Jamie Collins on said:

      This is quirky contemporary fiction set in a small Southern town which has become the center of a media circus following the birth of eleven babies to a local woman This was written before the Octomom spectacle That poor woman s story is interwoven with several others, including that of an indebted small dairy farmer who desperately needs a government bailout, and the farmer s typically self centered teenage daughter who s in love with her reprehensible history teacher.The original Mammoth Chees [...]

    6. Jo Ann Hall on said:

      Although I probably wouldn t have purchased this book based on the blurb or other reviews, I m glad my previous time with Sheri Holman The Dress Lodger convinced me to give it a try.I have to smile to myself when I envision this author sitting down at her computer and emailing an editor, For my next book, I have in mind a subtle story about cheese, Thomas Jefferson s principles, and the darker side of a teenage crush However, the story works, in great part because the characters are well develop [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      An attempt at a great American novel, this book is predictable and rife with common themes that develop and play out in a generally predictable way I ve resigned myself to boring movie plots but a novel shouldn t have to worry about the special effects budget or overly complicated plotlines Yet This book is very readable, with fairly fleshed out characters and authentic details that keep the reader from skimming The lame portrait of a small town facing modernity improves with looks at dairy farm [...]

    8. Marvin on said:

      The cover made it sound like a wonderfully goofy story, but in fact it s a pretty conventional and largely disappointing domestic drama The characters particularly the divorced mother, her 13 year old daughter, and her farmhand a Thomas Jefferson reenactor are appealing, but she puts them in some awkwardly drawn settings, and I didn t understand the function of the secondary story about the birth of 11 babies to a neighbor of the main characters.

    9. Charlotte on said:

      I found the charcters in this book pretty unlikeable I want to run my farm unprofitably and hopefully someone will come and give me money so it doesn t fail Although in the end she does decide to fix things herself The underlying paradigms in the book was just very different from my own ,so it was hard to get into the book.

    10. Heather Clawson on said:

      This was one of those books that you read and you re pretty positive that there s some other deeper meaning you re supposed to get out of it, but the author has kind of muddled you with unecessary story lines so you can t quite grasp it.

    11. Kim on said:

      I didn t care for her selling the calves for veal and killing the dog It had potential but I don t know what happened Didn t care for it so I m moving on.

    12. Kaion on said:

      The Mammoth Cheese is a good illustration of an ambitious mess being interesting than a safe success Say what I will about the somewhat long and meandering narrative, Sheri Holman, at the very least, never bores me In the backdrop of rural Three Chimneys, Virginia, Sheri Holman tackles no less than and in no particular order politics and media, the value and drawbacks of tradition and community, and the meaning of rebellion in everyday contemporary American life These themes emerge from a many [...]

    13. Marilyn Saul on said:

      WellI stuck with it I was determined, despite many negative reviews, to give this book a fair reading Holman had a bone to pick with fertility drugs and she made her point But that wasn t the core of this book, which, sadly, just ended up being individuals who, though I started out liking, ended up being singularly unlikable, with August being the single exception A protestant Priest obsessed with himself and giving out singularly bad advice to people in his role as pastor, advice that benefits [...]

    14. bup on said:

      Partly I miss Virginia, so this book by somebody who really knows her through and through was a welcome drink of water.The characterizations are wonderfully vivid In fact, I realized part of the way through, when I was having trouble getting through parts, it wasn t that I didn t like the book, or the careful, observant, dry hud writing, it s that I detested some of the characters On purpose, of course Books aren t interesting if everyone s an angel.Nobody in this book is perfect One character c [...]

    15. Val on said:

      This was the original mammoth cheese presented to Jefferson by the townsfolk of Cheshire, Massachusetts, in 1802 enpedia wiki Cheshir Note It was a cheese from Cheshire, Massachusetts, not a cheshire cheese It was also not mammoth cheese, which was theoretically possible, if brave ice age milkmaids had managed to milk the mammoths Some residents of the fictional town of Three Chimneys, Virginia, want to recreate the event There appears to be only one resident who keeps dairy cows, so if they fol [...]

    16. Amy on said:

      I didn t hesitate to snatch The Mammoth Cheese off the shelf of an indy bookstore in Portsmouth, NH I d recently begun another of Holman s novels, The Dress Lodger, and admired it, but had stalled out due to its extraordinarily high ick factor unusual for me see my review of that book Still, Holman s storytelling interested me enough to grab this one without a second thought A novel about the forging of an epic artisanal cheese Featuring a character who is a Thomas Jefferson reenactor Could I pa [...]

    17. Heather Knight on said:

      I read this book as being about the abuse of power It takes as its victims the emotionally fragile, and its aggressors are those in power teachers, preachers, politicians It s the story of a cheesemaker and Nth generation dairy farmer in rural Virginia She backs a politician because of his farm friendly platform and pledges to make him a Mammoth Cheese, as the people of Massachusetts once did for Thomas Jefferson While she is caught up in her task, her teenage daughter develops a crush on a scho [...]

    18. Erin on said:

      I did enjoy this book for several reasons For the most part, I found that even though this is somewhat lighter fiction, it still resonated with a lot of very revelant truths 1 It had believable characters than most Their personalities were very consistent, with the book revealing how single character traits can have both good and bad sides to them just as human beings are in reality.2 The characters struggles were very, very revelant to life as it is today Especially as it deals with politics a [...]

    19. Diana E. Young on said:

      I picked this book up at a Book Exchange and took a gamble on it since it was a hard cover book without the slip cover to give any information on what the book was about It turned out to be a disappointment, but I managed to get through it to the end.Fortunately, the 2nd half had substance, but it wasn t enough to save this book It is a discombobulated story about a woman who delivered 11 children after fertility drugs Add in a woman who is about to lose her farm and along the way discovers tha [...]

    20. Ken Yliniemi on said:

      his is a very nice read I enjoyed the setting of a dairy farm in rural Virginia very much for this book A woman who farms and milks Jersey cows, for her own cheese production and sales faces econonmic difficulties, in today s day and age With love, tragedy, adventure, and a bit of history all together in a very good read The author did a great deal of research for the setting of this book, but in light, I still thought it was a bit unrealistic, that anyone can support themselves and family on a [...]

    21. Glen on said:

      So here are some of the plot ingredients of this novel a 1200 lb block of cheese to be delivered to the President of the United States, a 13 year old girl who is insufferably self important and melodramatic, a farm hand who reenacts the role of the historical Thomas Jefferson, a school teacher whose radical father had to escape to Canada during the 60s and who himself has secrets to hide, and a woman who gives birth to 11 children at one time to me these are the promising makings of a good comic [...]

    22. Beth on said:

      The Mammoth Cheese came as a loaned book from my male co worker, which now somewhat suprises me since this book is than definitely a female sort of novel.The storyline of this novel is somewhat fresh and original, however I felt as though the character development lacked and therefore the story did not evolve as successfully as it could have The author writes to a specific demographic and culture, this book would be well received by middle aged women in the south and southern mid west I read se [...]

    23. Data on said:

      I find that I have three books by Sheri Holman, acquired mainly by accident I didn t realize until was putting my copy of A Stolen Tongue on my book list that I have novels by this same author set in the 15th, 18th and 21st centuries She is an engaging writer, with subjects that vary widely The common thread is her ability to delve deep into a character s soul What she finds there is not always pretty.With a weird mix of politics, child abuse and the multiple birth phenomenon, The Mammoth Cheese [...]

    24. Diane on said:

      I enjoyed Holman s previous book, The Dress Lodger, but this one left me cold One, it may have the worst title in book history Two, it has a creepy pedophile male teacher and that IMMEDIATELY makes me dislike a book And three, it has so many subplots and themes that it becomes unwieldy It is part political satire, part religious critique, part love story, part coming of age story Too much going on for it to be enjoyable Characters in this book tend to make lengthy, self important speeches and th [...]

    25. William on said:

      Received this as a birthday present, not something I would ve necessarily picked out for myself But, once I started reading it, I know why I got it as a gift It s set primarily in a small Virginia town that is just oozing with history It s practically littered with Thomas Jefferson trivia In fact, it includes a Jefferson impersonator as a main character And, of course, it s full of CHEESE How could one go wrong with that combo Seriously, though, the novel does have some heavy themes to offset th [...]

    26. Maria on said:

      I love quirky stories and learning something new this fits the bill Set in Rural Virginia, it weaves in modern issues like multiple births infertility treatments, a presidential election, the loss of the family farm, a creepy teacher, a Thomas Jefferson impersonator and artisanal cheese The main characters decide to recreate the Mammoth Cheese, a 1,235 pound wheel of cheddar given to Thomas Jefferson on his inauguration in 1801 The town pulls together to create their own cheese and to bring it t [...]

    27. HRS Mullen on said:

      Picked this up at used book store just because of the very odd title Loved it It is a gentle political satire with a good heart, with everything a novel needs a romance, a coming of age story, a moral center, a few deaths, a few laugh out loud situations, and a few breathtakingly beautifully written passages you have to read over again It reminded me of Thomas Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities, only taken to politics in rural America.The author nails the angst of a teenager growing up in Virginia wi [...]

    28. Norah on said:

      I enjoyed this book it was a good story to get my mind off of the bar exam, and I definitely got sucked into the characters However, some of the writing was for lack of a better word simply annoying One of the characters is a Thomas Jefferson reenactor, and some of the Jefferson quotes were way too long for their level of connection to the story I also just didn t like one of the main characters, which made it difficult to read.However, I d still recommend it as a good story and a usually remark [...]

    29. Marjie Smith on said:

      The Mammoth Cheese is a moving story that interweaves history with the complicated life of rural America, where small dairy farms struggle with debt while large corporate farms get the subsidies In this story, a woman decides to send a giant cheese to the new president because of his sworn support to the small farmer In doing so, she is both re enacting and revising history and, as she finds out, neglecting those she s been given to love in her obsession to save her farm by romancing a senate vo [...]

    30. Rajesh Kurup on said:

      As a Virginian who has been away too long, I really connected with this book She did a good job portraying the lives of rural Virginians without being patronizing The constant Jefferson are an added bonus for me.However, I would reluctantly agree with the reviewers who said that the book was slow While the little subplots connected themselves in the end, they did tend to drag down the pace of the story.I would recommend the book to those who are willing to spend time getting to know the many cha [...]

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