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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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