The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson audiobook

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel

By Kim Michele Richardson
Read by Katie Schorr

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781492671527
9.44 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A May 2019 LibraryReads Pick

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Richardson (Liar’s Bench) takes readers to 1930s Troublesome Creek, KY, where Cussy Mary Carter works as a Kentucky Pack Horse Librarian. Under Roosevelt’s WPA (Works Progress Administration), the Pack Horse Librarian initiative put unmarried women to work delivering books to remote locations in an effort to boost both literacy and female employment. Cussy Mary is not only a Pack Horse Librarian, she’s a Blue. She’s assumed to be the last of her kind—a group of blue-skinned folks regularly shunned, persecuted, and sometimes killed by white locals. Cussy Mary’s work to spread literacy through the hills meets with her family’s battles against poverty and racial animus, as a doctor sets out to “cure” her of her blue skin. Will turning Cussy Mary into a white woman solve her troubles? VERDICT Based on true stories from different times (the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the WPA’s Pack Horse Librarians), this novel packs a lot of hot topics into one narrative.” Library Journal
“This is Richardson’s finest, as beautiful and honest as it is fierce and heart-wrenching.” Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author
“Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books.” Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“A fascinating novel about people almost forgotten by history…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
“This gem of a historical from Richardson features an indomitable heroine navigating a community steeped in racial intolerance…Readers will adore the memorable Cussy and appreciate Richardson’s fine rendering of rural Kentucky life.” Publishers Weekly
“Though Richardson’s latest, is essentially about the power of reading and libraries, it also explores the extreme rural poverty of 1930s Appalachia and labor unrest among coal miners. Readers will respond to quiet Cussy’s steel spine as she undergoes cruel medical tests to ‘cure’ her blueness, and book groups who like to explore lesser-known aspects of American history will be fascinated.” Booklist
“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 Queen of the Night

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Author

Author Bio: Kim Michele Richardson

Author Bio: Kim Michele Richardson

Kim Michele Richardson is the author of several novels and the memoir The Unbreakable Child. She is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.44
Audience: Adult
Language: English