The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - by Kim Michele Richardson

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.1 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inch (W) x .9 Inch (D)

Weight: .65 Pounds

Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Historical

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Author: Kim Michele Richardson

Book theme: General

Language: English

Street Date: February 16, 2021
TCIN: 54523629
UPC: 9781492671527
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-3278
Origin: Made in the USA

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About the Book



Includes reading group guide and author Q&A.



Book Synopsis



THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
THE USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything--everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere--even back home.

Fans of historical fiction will fall in love with this bestselling novel's:
  • Strong research and vivid depictions of Appalachia
  • Inspiration from the real blue-skinned people of Kentucky
  • Characters who are both relatable and fascinating
  • Emphasis on the importance of books (perfect for books clubs or as a gift for the librarian in your life)


  • Review Quotes



    "With a focus on the personal joy and broadened horizons that can result from access to reading material, this well-researched tale serves as a solid history lesson on 1930s Kentucky. A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word." - Kirkus Reviews

    "A rare literary adventure that casts librarians as heroes, smart tough women on horseback in rough terrain doing the brave and hard work of getting the right book into the right hands. Richardson has weaved an inspiring tale about the power of literature." - Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night

    "Kim Michele Richardson has written a fascinating novel about people almost forgotten by history: Kentucky's pack-horse librarians and "blue people." The factual information alone would make this book a treasure, but with her impressive storytelling and empathy, Richardson gives us so much more." - Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of One Foot in Eden and Serena

    "Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books. It is by far my favorite KMR book-and I am her huge fan. Cussy Mary is an indomitable and valiant heroine, and through her true-blue eyes, 1930s Kentucky comes to vivid and often harrowing life. Richardson's dialogue is note-perfect; Cussy Mary's voice is still ringing in my head, and the sometimes dark story she tells highlights such gorgeous, glowing grace notes that I was often moved to hopeful tears. " - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters

    "Richardson's latest work is a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and - just as importantly - a compassionate human connection. Richardson's rendering of stark poverty against the ferocity of the human spirit is irresistible. Add to this the history of the unique and oppressed blue-skinned people of Kentucky, and you've got an un-put-downable work that holds real cultural significance." - Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

    "This is Richardson's finest, as beautiful and honest as it is fierce and heart-wrenching, THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK explores the fascinating and unique blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave Packhorse librarians. A timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history." - Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy
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    5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
    100% would recommend
    2 recommendations

    Illuminating book

    5 out of 5 stars
    Would recommend
    Kat - 10 months ago, Verified purchaser
    This is a great book that draws you in, and describes Kentucky life in the hollers and the plight of other-colored people.
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    Jh - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
    Great read! Loved historical significance as well.
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