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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)
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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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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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  1stFriday-McKinney | Jun 4, 2021 |
Janet, Karin
  chapterthree | Jun 2, 2021 |
This was an interesting story about two topics I knew nothing about--the blue people of Kentucky and the Pack Horse librarians. I thought Cussy was a fascinating and strong character. She put up with the prejudices around her, but never lost her class and kindness. The story was compelling and I truly felt her emotions as I was reading. The final chapter left me confused, though. The story moved quickly throughout, but the final chapter did a four year jump. ( )
  jguidry | May 28, 2021 |
I initially struggled to read this entrancing novel because of my grammatical bias. However, the heroine’s compelling story eventually captured my intrigue, and I continued reading compulsively. Raw, candid, and often disturbing, I highly recommend this novel. ( )
  SallyElizabethMurphy | May 20, 2021 |
The fictional story of Cussy Mary Carter, one of the "blue people" of Kentucky, and also one of the tough, resourceful women who rode horses and mules into the hills and hollers of rugged mining country to deliver books, magazines, newspapers and government pamphlets to isolated hill folk through FDR's WPA program, The Pack Horse Library Project. Unfortunately, the author has taken what I consider too much liberty with the time frame (a license she openly admits to in the Author's note at the end) and some of the facts associated with research into the causes and potential cures for congenital methemoglobinemia, a condition that imparts a blue hue to the bodies of its victims. The Pack Horse Library Project ended in 1943, and the relevant events of this novel do not extend past 1936. Published research and proven treatments for the condition were not available until the early 1960s, yet the author has a local doctor in the novel pestering Mary's family for years to allow him to take blood and skin samples, and then more or less blackmailing her father into agreeing to make her a test subject against her will, ultimately offering her a "cure", based on his reading of that research, that temporarily took away the blue but not the social taint of being "colored". I think this element of the story was unnecessary and distracting. Mary's experiences as a Pack Horse librarian, and her personal struggle with the ostracism of being blue were material enough for a better story than this one turned out to be. Maybe if I hadn't known that it was historically inaccurate I'd have liked it more, but I can think of so many Appalachian writers who might have made me love it. ( )
  laytonwoman3rd | May 17, 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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