Title: Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, The
Authors: Richardson, Kim Michele
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 308
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Three cheers for the women of the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project and three cheers for Eleanor Roosevelt who championed the cause! Cussy Mary Carter considers herself lucky to be one of the 'book women' dispensing books and hope to her poverty-stricken corner of 1930s Appalachia, even with the challenges she faces herself. Unfortunately a rare genetic condition that results in blue skin, gives people licence to treat her as badly as they do dark-skinned people.

Rich with intriguing detail, and enhanced by photographs of the real-life pack horse librarians, this fascinating story with its delightful heroine is testimony to the power of books and the courage and commitment of those who go beyond the call of duty to place them in the hands of readers. [Larger font]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A beautiful book. It certainly makes one realise how much we have to be thankful for."

"This book is beautifully written and full of interesting historical facts about the time and place."

"Very easy to read and an intriguing story."

"It's a little slow to start and I found the ending a little abrupt, but I loved this book - definitely one of my favourites for the year."

"This remarkable novel portrays events such as mining disasters, extreme poverty, superstition and segregation."

"Well researched. The book explored some interesting historical facts and events. No negatives at all as far as I'm concerned."

"I loved Cussy Mary - such a well-written character."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Historical, Human Rights, Inspirational, Literature oriented, Relationships, America, 2021 Titles, Larger font


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By: WELL 134 2021-03-08 13:53:19
Everyone liked this book, but it took 2-3 chapters to get used to the dialect. We thought Cussy was a very real character and found the community in which she lived well described. We liked the historical content of how the Packhorse library came to be developed., and we were saddened by the poverty and attitudes that existed in those days. We wished we had done more research on Kentucky as a state.

By: NAP 020 2021-02-15 11:50:54
A very well-written and informative book on the blue people of Kentucky. We all enjoyed it and learnt a lot.

By: WHAKA 009 2021-01-27 09:09:51
An amazing read.

By: PALMN 002 2020-12-11 12:10:49
High praise all around, including the half of us that only want non-fiction. Wonderful research and writing. The vocabulary of the local people made it a bit challenging to read parts.

By: HAMIL 062 2020-12-09 14:12:33
We liked it very much from a woman's perspective - we learnt something new. It was interesting and well-written. A hard subject in places but felt authentic.

By: KATIK 009 2020-11-19 11:54:57
Grim read, but enjoyed by most.

By: NAP 009 2020-10-12 14:51:51
We all loved this book. It was based on a true story, and no-one had heard of the Blue People of Kentucky, so very informative. Central character a lovely warm hearted person who was happy serving others despite the depressed situation.

By: HAST 006 2020-09-23 13:48:56
Everyone read the book and everyone enjoyed it! Discussion around medicating people to whiten their skin (!), poverty, racism, hope, bringing books into homes and the existence of blue-skinned people, allowed for plenty of reasons to make this book a recommendation from our group.

By: BLENH 001 2020-09-17 12:37:15
All loved it!!

By: TAUR 016 2020-07-29 11:16:19
The entire group thoroughly enjoyed this book. The dialogue and descriptions were evocative and compelling. The unique incidence of the blood group turning the skin blue was fascinating, but those poor souls still had to cope with colour discrimination as much as anyone who wasn't white. You could only admire the book women for their courage and determination.

By: AUCK 273 2020-05-29 13:59:24
Loved this - fascinating.

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