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The Giver of Stars
The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Moyes
England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright  -- restless, stifled -- makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind. — But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure -- or the ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399562488
ISBN-10: 0399562486
Publication Date: 10/8/2019
Pages: 400
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4 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 183
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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes combines the history of the Pack Horse Library Project with a story of strong women coming together to support each other. The book highlights the role of women, racial divisions, prejudice, poverty, and the hardships of life in Kentucky at that time. At a point, the book takes a much more melodramatic turn. I wish the story had remained that of the quiet suffering and resilience of this community.

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Another book about the packhorse librarians in Kentucky as part of the WPA program in the 1930s. There was a lot of controversy when this was published one week after The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek that there was plagiarism. Apart from the general topic though they were very different books and story lines. Bookwoman focused on the blue people of Kentucky. This did not. Both though told the story of the hard times in Kentucky and the friendships with the other women librarians. I enjoyed this a lot.


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