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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel (edició 2019)

de Kim Michele Richardson (Autor)

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"Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers"--… (més)
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Títol:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Autors:Kim Michele Richardson (Autor)
Informació:Sourcebooks Landmark (2019), 320 pages
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek de Kim Michele Richardson

  1. 30
    Christy de Catherine Marshall (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Both books are about young women in the early 20th century trying to educate Appalachians and break the cycle of poverty.
  2. 30
    The Giver of Stars de Jojo Moyes (out-and-about)
    out-and-about: Same time frame and setting, about the PackHorse library in KY.
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    Big Stone Gap de Adriana Trigiani (dara85)
    dara85: Takes place in the past in Appalachia. Main character's friend and matchmaker drives a book mobile.
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Es mostren 1-5 de 179 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Grim, beautiful, gut-wrenching, incredibly courageous.

Because I am hypersensitive these days, I soon realized I could not read this at bedtime... too vivid and powerful. Which is usually a good thing, but not when most of the story is so painful.

There were a few details about how things would have worked in those circumstances that I had questions about, since the realism was almost its own character. But that's just me quibbling. It's a most moving read, VERY hard to put down, and 99% rang true.

I am SO thankful that this history was illuminated. And it certainly shifts one's perspective about what matters most in this life. ( )
  BethOwl | Jan 24, 2024 |
This touching novel is filled with real historical details and a vivid evocation of the southern Appalachians during the Great Depression. I believe this is going to be one of those books that sticks with me. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Love this book. I Fell in love with the main character and you will too. She is committed, loyal, smarter than she is given credit for, and knows her place (ok FYI I would not have made it during this time because I am rebellious and feel women should have a seat at any table). There is truth in this story about an almost forgotten or unknown person in a set of mountain tops that exist today and you might have not heard of. Books are also a character of sorts in this book, they are a representation of knowledge, hope, and what the future holds possible.
  AngelaYbarra | Jan 23, 2024 |
Fascinating, I had no idea, learned so much previously unknown history. ( )
  empress49 | Dec 29, 2023 |
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is a unique story that is based on real history as it tells of one of Kentucky’s last living “Blue People” who works as a traveling librarian in the 1930s delivering books to the backwoods people of the area.

Cussy Mary Carter or Bluet as she was called was born with the rare genetic condition that gave her blue skin, both her mother and father also were “blue” people and the family were treated much the same as black people were at that time. Considered “colored” she was not allowed to use “white only” facilities or attend “white” only community events. Her coal-miner father, thinking he was looking after her best interest, tried to marry her off but Cussy would much rather keep her job. As the Book Woman she traveled on the back of her mule, bringing books, letters, medicine and news to her patrons. As well as learning about the Book Women, the story also delves into what it meant to be a Blue.

The book was well written and engaging although it was difficult at times to read of the bigotry that Cussy and her father had to deal with. I would have liked a little more in the way of character development but overall I thought the author produced an excellent story that both informed and entertained. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 26, 2023 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 179 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Richardson has penned an emotionally moving and fascinating story about the power of literacy over bigotry, hatred and fear.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaBookPage, G. Robert Frazier (May 1, 2019)
 
Richardson, a master of phrase, cadence, and imagery, once again delivers a powerful yet heartfelt story that gives readers a privileged glimpse into an impoverished yet rigidly hierarchical society, this time by shining a light on the courageous, dedicated women who brought books and hope to those struggling to survive on its lowest rung. Strongly recommended.
 
Kim Michele Richardson’s presentation of her protagonist’s challenges and perseverance within a culture hostile to deviation from norms is a significant accomplishment. Equally valuable is her reminder of the priceless necessity, the enduring thrill, of books and reading.
 
Cussy's first-person narrative voice is engaging, laced with a thick Kentucky accent and colloquialisms of Depression-era Appalachia. Through the bigotry and discrimination Cussy suffers as a result of her skin color, the author artfully depicts the insidious behavior that can result when a society’s members feel threatened by things they don't understand. 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.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaKirkus Reviews (Feb 28, 2019)
 
This gem of a historical from Richardson (The Sisters of Glass Ferry) features an indomitable heroine navigating a community steeped in racial intolerance.... Though the ending is abrupt and some historical information feels clumsily inserted, readers will adore the memorable Cussy and appreciate Richardson’s fine rendering of rural Kentucky life.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaPublishers Weekly (Feb 21, 2019)
 

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Richardson, Kim Micheleautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lin, ChristopherDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schorr, KatieNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. - T. S. Eliot
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"Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers"--

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