The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry.
The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treach ...more
This was an incredibly original story with a main character that I had so many feelings for! I love when a book makes me go to the internet and research, "blue people" and "book women", I had no idea that there was ever a project such as this. These women really had to love books to hand deliver them to people in the high hills of Kentucky.
My only problem with it was that it was very slowly paced. However when I thought further about it, perhaps it was written t ...more
Suffice it to say that the writing was uneven, the dialect was not consistent, and the ending was a little to ...more
In the fierce, majestic mountains and hollers of Appalachian Kentucky in the 1930’s, there were many small towns and communities that were so isolated some people never saw a newspaper. Or, if they did, it was used to paper a layer to the insides of their tiny homes to help keep the weather out. Books, for the most part, were a luxury, and often only family Bibles or the odd family heirloom would be in the home.
In the 1930’s people everywhere ...more
It's 1936, in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, and nineteen year old Cussy Mary Carter is one of Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project's traveling librarians. These brave and stubborn women face the weather, rough terrain, unsavory characters, and all manner of dangers on their daily routes to deliver books and other reading material to the poor and starving in this area. Cussy has the ...more
Kim Michele Richardson presents a beautifully rendered story of life in the hills and the mountains of Kentucky in 1936 in which women, and sometimes men, endeavored to deliver reading materials to the folk in Roosevelt's Pack Horse ...more
I read this book to the end, and I’m so sorry I did. It is absolute bullshit. Not only is it poorly written—the use of dialect is nice but the prose is disgustingly overwrought—but it’s also essentially a white woman’s attempt to co-opt the lived experiences and realities of actual people of color (Black people specifically) for the sake of white folks, yes even white folks with a genetic condition that causes blue skin.
There is NO WAY IN HELL being a white person with blue ...more
My favorite kinds of books are those that not only draw me in but educate me, cause me to feel and to think. This one fit the bill perfectly. Not only did I learn more about the Blue People of Kentucky and their rare genetic trait, but I also learned more about the Pack Horse library project which was the brainstorm of Eleanor Roosevelt. According to openculture.com "Sixty -three percent of people who lived ...more
This is the story of Cussy Mary Carter, a traveling "book woman" in Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project. She traverses the rough Appalachians to deliver books to the people who reside in the hills and would otherwise not have access to any sort of reading material. Cussy is also "a blue," the last in her family line with a rare genetic blood disorder that turns her skin a pale shade of blue.
The writing is absolutely stunning -- lyrical . . . poetic, even. ...more
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Kim Michele Richardson brings us a unique, fascinating, impressive, unforgettable story here that explores a part of history in Kentucky that is not well known or forgotten. She weaves some history along with fiction to create a viv ...more
Heartbreaking and heartwarming storyline. Inspiring and unforgettable characters. Exquisitely stunning prose. Engrossingly palpable atmosphere. A beautiful book that tugged at my heart strings. I loved every single page of this novel.
Cussy is a young woman living in the remote hills of Kentucky with her coal miner father. She is known as the last blue-skinned woman. Growing up as an outcast in her village, she is used to being shunned and belittled. She takes on a job with the Pack Hor ...more
THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON is an interesting, heartfelt, beautiful, and informative story that is packed full of well-researched historical content that I personally never knew about before. Although this story depicts place, people, and time extremely well it had me curious to pop onto the internet numerous times to do a little bit of searching of my own. I had no clue about the “blue people” of Kentucky and the Pack Horse Lib ...more
My First 5 Star Read of the 2020! Oh What a Brilliant Read! Thank you to my Goodreads Friend Angela, for putting this on her Best of Goodreads list for 2019 and reminding me that I needed to read it!
Cussy Mary Carter is an employee of the Pack Horse Librarian Project, delivering books to the people of Kentucky by horse. She is also the last female of the Blue People ancestry, in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky.
Everyone calls her Bluet, for the color of her skin.
Let me j ...more
My conclusion: the horseback librarians of Kentucky were a real thing that suddenly more than one author was interested in making a backdrop fo ...more
The Pack Horse Library Project was established in 1935 by President Roosevelt’s Work Progress Administration... an effort to bring jobs to women and bring books and reading material to the poor and isolated areas of Appalachia, where there were few schools and inaccessible roads.
Cussy Mary was one of these women who had a route.. she was 19 yrs old, a coal miner’s daughter, who’s father was trying to marry her off, because he had the bad lung from mining, and wanted ...more
I mostly read this book because of The Giver of Stars since many claimed Moyes copied Richardson. While I don't think this is the case here (too close release date and completely different stories other than the protagonist(s) are packhorse librarians from Kentucky during the same era), they do have similar premises. The Giver of Stars is a short soap opera with lots of drama and well, useless events. Enjoyable and interesting, sure but the fact remains that it became overdramatic at so ...more
Cussy is a special young woman, in many ways - her skin is blue, her blood is like chocolate. She and her father are the last people with this condition, a rare genetic disorder. Her father is a miner and they barely scra ...more
In the 1930s, Cussy Mary Carter is living in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Her skin is blue, and she is considered “colored” at the time. She’s lonely, and she works hard as a Pack Horse Librarian running books to people in the hills and mountains that would have no access to books if not for her and her loyal pack mule, Junia.
I should also mention Cussy Mary’s Pa wor ...more
Thanks to President Roosevelt's NEW DEAL and WPA (Works Progress Administration) program, horse and mule riding librarians took to the remote backroads, more like overgrown trails through the woods and mud-packed steep mountains delivering and talking books. Such hunger for books....and food in the midst of the GREAT depression.
It's 1936 Kentucky when we first meet 19 year old Cussy Mary Carter and her pa who desperately wants to see her hitched and cared for....because he prom...more
The book woman of Troublesome Creek is someone very rare - a member of the blue people of Kentucky. This was real. As a result of inbreeding some people developed a rare blood condition which meant their skin was blue and their blood was brown. At a time when white was the only colour to be, these blue skinned people were shunned as 'coloured' and excluded from m ...more
"The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man."
~ T.S Eliot
"The printed word that brought a hopeful world into their dreary lives and dark hollers."
A beautiful and fascinating read! This book is a must read for everyone, who understands the value of books and human life.
Inspired by true events and real people, set in Kentucky and in the year 1936, Kim Michele Richardson's The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is the amazing story of n ...more
This isn’t a fast paced book. In parts, it dragged. Not the best pick as an audio selection. But it is heartfelt, as Cussy is plagued by hunger, the threat of violen ...more
Historical Fiction Novels uses emotion to make facts matter and I find these types of novels so important in giving us a glimpse into events and happenings of the past that we might never read ab ...more
1. both are about the pack-horse librarians of Kentucky;
2. both have a love interest; and
3. bo ...more
It is 1936 and Cussy Mary lives in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. She is a pack horse librarian who delivers books to the poor people of the Appalachian Mountains. 📚🐴 Each week they look forward to her visits and books. She is a shining ray of light to them. Cussy herself lives a very hard life. She has been nicknamed, "Blueit" beca ...more
|La Crosse County ...: July Discussion: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek||3||13||Jul 02, 2021 11:51AM|
|Shelf Help: What is the role of the library in life today?||1||3||Jul 02, 2021 11:27AM|
|3CS Book Club CDA: Junia is a delightful sidekick (pun intended). What role(s) do you think she played in the story?||4||5||Jun 14, 2021 01:41PM|
|Play Book Tag: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Michele Richardson - 4 stars||2||10||May 28, 2021 11:43AM|
|3CS Book Club CDA: What aspect of this book interests you the most? Blue skinned humans, Appalachia of 1930's, the Characters||5||8||May 15, 2021 02:16PM|