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.Â 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.