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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781492671527
ISBN-10: 1492671525
Publication Date: 5/7/2019
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 87 ratings
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 36
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reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 952 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Cussy Mary Carter brings joy, wonder, practical skills, and a wider view of the world to the patrons along her book route while facing poverty, domestic violence, and racism. Along the way she reminds the reader of the power and importance of books and words. I loved getting lost in this story which felt like a mix of the homestead life from Little House on the Prairie and the gutsy survival of Educated. It moved me to tears and taught me about life in the hills of Kentucky. Bluet's story will stay with me for a long time.
vavoice avatar reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 153 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I saw this book just after it was released, and recommended it to my book club. Last month it was finally chosen, though it seemed every other book club in the area had made the same decision at the same time. All of the library copies have been checked out for months, so I purchased a new copy and passed it around.

The story grabbed me from the beginning. Growing up in Virginia, I've done a lot of camping and hiking in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains over the years, and I'm always interested in the history of that area. The Kentucky Blues are new to me, as is the Pack-Horse Librarian Project, and I am now inspired to learn more. Thank you for presenting that opportunity.

And the story was great! Cussy Mary lived a hard life, but it paled in comparison to most of her mountain neighbors. She was one of those hidden heroes that brought light into the darkness of others' lives. She provided them with hope and a willingness to push forward, with her spirit, and her books. This is definitely something I will recommend to my friends and community.
junie avatar reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 629 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I had no knowledge of the rare Blue people of Kentucky nor the historical Pack Horse Library Project. This is the story of 19 year old âBluetâ Cussy Mary and her trials and tribulations of being one of the compassionate Pack Hours librarians, trekking up and down treacherous mountains with her devoted mule. Cussy was the last of the Blue People, rejected and scorned because of her color. She was passionate about bringing books to her impoverished clients and help teach children to read.

This fascinating story had me telling every one who would listen to read this memorable book about the gentle Blue People of Appalachia. I couldn't stop thinking about it.
reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This has to be one of my favorite books. I love the story, I love the strength that Cussy has and all she overcomes.
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reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 238 more book reviews
If I could give this book EIGHT STARS, I would. I so enjoyed the story, the strength of Cussy, the amazing information about the Blues, the fortitude and devotion of the book people.

Informative, entertaining, overall a delightful treat.
daylily77 avatar reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 236 more book reviews
Such a great story. Interesting historical fiction. Definitely worth the read.
reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 6 more book reviews
It was a really good book. Almost couldn't put it down. It was historical and informative, but at the same time, a really absorbing story.
eadieburke avatar reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 1353 more book reviews
Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin is a shade of blue which marks her as a Blue who is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project. 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. Kim Michele Richardson did excellent research of the Blue People and The Pack Horse Library Project of 1935. It is an emotional story which tugs at your heartstrings. It is a hard-to-put-down book and a story that is hard-to-forget. Katie Schorr did a great job with the narration of the audiobook. If you love books about books then you will love to read this one. I also want to read Jo-Jo Moyes book called Giver of Stars as it is about the same subject matter.
njmom3 avatar reviewed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on + 1249 more book reviews
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is a story about about prejudice, about being seen as "different," and about acceptance. It is set in the historical context of the blue people of Kentucky and the 1930s Pack Horse Library Project. The themes and the main character resonate, making this a memorable story. The fiction points me in the direction of history I did not know.

Note: If you are a Jojo Moyes fan, compare this book to The Giver of Stars and perhaps look up and read about the controversy.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2020/02/the-book-woman-of-troublesome-creek.html

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