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The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek (2019)


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Published: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
Description:  308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781492691631, 1492691631 :, 9781492671527 (trade paperback : alk. paper),
Language:  English

"Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers"--

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Fascinating Historical Fiction

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is a straightforward historical novel based on real life events. I think many readers will enjoy this tale of a blue-skinned (due to a hereditary blood disorder) young Appalachian woman who becomes a pack horse librarian as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration. The plucky daughter of a dirt poor coal miner, Cussy Carter has been ostracized and isolated her entire life due to the color of her skin and her impoverished upbringing. Becoming a "book woman", travailing mule-back on hazardous mountainous trails to deliver reading materials to isolated and often suspicious customers, has given her life purpose and dignity. There is just enough danger and romantic intrigue to keep one turning the pages.
I listened to the audiobook version of the novel through Hoopla, and the narrator does an excellent job with the Kentucky accents and vernacular.
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