Book Review of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
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n the 1930s Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project brought reading to those who lived in Troublesome Creek who have few resources. The project brought hope, encouragement and fueled dreams. Cussy Mae Carter is one individual who spread reading across the area. And, she reads to those who ask. The people call her The Book Woman.

Many of her patrons do not care that she is a blue woman, one of the few Kentuckians who have a genetic defect that lends a bluish tinge to her skin. Her kindness and care are more important. However, there are those who fear blue people believing that they carry disease and are ignorant. This, then, is Cussie's story. A story of her dedication to reading and spreading that skill. At times she even helps those who want to learn.

The reader experiences the discrimination that blue people endured through Cussy's life. Cussy believes she is the last of the blue line but discovers otherwise when she encounters a couple who birth a blue baby. The condition is called methemoglobinemia and was first found in the United States among those who live in the wilderness of Troublesome Creek. The tale of how it came about here can be found in the author's note. While the condition can be life threatening the type found in the Fugates was congenital. These gentle private poople generally live long lives - into their eighties.

I so enjoyed this read for all the reasons above in addition to the author's comment that this was the most interesting book she had written to date. It is informative, sensitive, emotional, bringing tears to the eyes and pangs to the heart. Read it!