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

af Kim Michele Richardson (Forfatter)

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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"--… (mere)
Medlem:samba7
Titel:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Forfattere:Kim Michele Richardson (Forfatter)
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2019), 320 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Fiction, Book club

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek af Kim Michele Richardson

  1. 10
    Christy af 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. 10
    The Giver of Stars af Jojo Moyes (out-and-about)
    out-and-about: Same time frame and setting, about the PackHorse library in KY.
  3. 00
    Big Stone Gap af 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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This month's selection for my local reading group. It's set in the 1930s, in the mountains of Kentucky, and features blue-skinned people who are shunned by the majority whites. The narrator a likeable and caring, and we see a range of people through her eyes. She's a 'book woman', taking literature to remote cabins and other locations, travelling miles every day.

There's some violence - more than I was comfortable with in the first chapters, but I'm glad I persevered. It's a very readable book, with some tragedy, some poignancy, some frankly educational information about the narrator's condition, and an insight into the terrible poverty endemic in those years. It's also quite revealing about the racism that was rife in the region.

Definitely recommended, though not a book that I expect to read again.

Full review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/05/book-woman-troublesome-creek-richar... ( )
  SueinCyprus | May 10, 2021 |
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Rating: 5 stars

Not very often do I come upon a book that I truly care so much about, as I do this one. The heroine Cussy Mary Carter is a poor, lonely, "colored" young woman who is a Packhorse Librarian which is part of Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. When I say colored, you might think brown, but in Cussy Mary and her family's experience, it would be lovely to be a brown-skinned person. No, Cussy Mary and her family are Blues. They have a rare blood condition that causes them to have various shades of blue skin. Cussy Mary's skin is a dark, deep indigo blue color. Her color is such that the local doctor who delivered her when she was born, nicknamed her "Bluet." She doesn't mind the name, doesn't necessarily like it, but it's better than other names she has been called.

Cussy Mary loves her job as a packhorse librarian, the women officials who work at the Library Center are prejudiced against her and most of the other women working there, doesn't matter if you are brown, blue or simply just tall, they always have something snide to say to you or about you. Cussy Mary doesn't have to be around them much, she spends most of her time delivering books and magazines to her library patrons and caring for her Pa who is also a Blue like herself. Her pa works in a Kentucky coal mine, where all of the coal dust makes one man look just like all the other miners. But it's hard work and hard to keep body and home clean of all the coal dust.

The people in and around Troublesome Creek mostly tolerate Cussy Mary as their packhorse librarian, willing to accept mostly anything to get the coveted reading materials. Cussy Mary tries to give everyone a smile, even when she doesn't feel like it.

The book introduces you to some of Cussy Mary's book patrons such as Henry, the adorable little boy who loves Peter Pan; Miss Loretta, who is mostly blind, who doesn't read anything she's given, but she enjoys the "Book Woman" reading to her from the Holy Bible; Devil John, a moonshiner who has specific requests from the "Book Woman"; Angeline Moffit, a sixteen-year-old bride; Jackson Lovett, a charming young man who has traveled and worked out West for a time but is now at home, working on his homeplace. Each is a very interesting person, making you fall in love with almost everyone in the book. You learn to love who Cussy Mary loves and cares about.

This book will possibly make you cry, you may want to read it repeatedly as I did during the three weeks that I had it checked out. I know now, that I must have a copy of this book for my very own. Highly recommend.
I have purchased my own copy of #thebookwomanoftroublesomecreek . It will have an important place on my Favorite's shelves, for all of time. ( )
  HuberK | Apr 22, 2021 |
While the very end seemed rushed, the rest of the story is deep and layered, and it is amazing to think that is was set less than a century ago. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Mar 30, 2021 |
Charming story about the blue People of Kentucky. I didn’t know this affliction existed and what caused it. It was a blood disease from a recessive gene that caused the blood to be brown thereby making the skin look blue. These people suffered the same discrimination as black people and were treated badly. The main character Cussy, was a book woman who delivered books to all the mountain people in the Kentucky hills. You follow along on her deliveries and her life. Recommended. ( )
  janismack | Mar 26, 2021 |
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson was a book club selection, and for once, I had the unpopular opinion on it. Most of my book group loved it, but I was underwhelmed. The Book Woman tells the story of Cussy Mary, a packhorse librarian in Kentucky during the Great Depression and also the last of the blue people of Kentucky, marked out as different by the strange blue hue of their skin. This story had a lot of potential, and Cussy Mary is definitely a lovable character, but the story felt too shallow, electing to cover a fantastic range of topics instead of digging deep into one or two. If it had only been about packhorse librarians and blue people, it might have been more satisfying Instead it covered profound poverty, racism, educational failures, union sentiment, medical experimentation, unexpected love, being true to yourself, and more. The book is riddled with tragedy, but I didn't know the characters well enough to be affected by it. Richardson clearly did a lot of research into this time and place and the people who lived there and then. Unfortunately, it felt like she was so attached to all of the research that nothing was left out and the book felt stretched thin. ( )
  yourotherleft | Mar 14, 2021 |
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Richardson has penned an emotionally moving and fascinating story about the power of literacy over bigotry, hatred and fear.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerBookPage, 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.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus 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.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerPublishers Weekly (Feb 21, 2019)
 

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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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