The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
by Kim Michele Richardson
Paperback- $7.99

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  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 05/10/19

This book is haunting. It is a perfect meld between “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “The Library Book.” I highly recommend for any book club.

  "the book woman of troublesome creek" by Carolynr (see profile) 05/17/19

probably 3.5.
Loved this story and thought it very interesting that some could look past Cussy's blueness and others could not. Probably the same in today's world as well.
excellent read

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  "A harsh tale about a harsh life" by [email protected] (see profile) 12/09/19

Always interesting to read novels based on history and learn about the past. The pack horse librarian life was harsh enough in the midst of the Great Depression, but this story adds another layer following the life of a young lady with Methemoglobinemia and the troubles she endured as a result of her colour. Despite all odds she brings compassion and knowledge to her book clients.

Well written you often feel like you're alone in the mountains/forests with her.

The end felt very rushed.

  "Excellent Book" by LauraAdams (see profile) 12/14/19

I loved this book. It was a very informative book based on true events. Set in Appalachian Kentucky during the 1930's where there was a government program to hire horseback librarians to deliver books. It also was about the "blue people" of the area during that time. Have met the author, Kim Michele Richardson, as well and she is wonderful.

  "" by wellredmammajamma (see profile) 01/21/20

The read is as easy and comfortable as if one were riding one's own pack horse on the easy parts of the Kentucky terrain, with scenery passing by and sharing its secrets. But the secrets one encounters are less than comfortable. Darkness, hardship, heartbreak, and utterly infuriating ignorance are all part of the landscape. Characters are overly simplistic, like comic book good guys and bad guys. Regardless, the story is enjoyable and informational, with characters who break one's heart. More than once I found myself investigating the blue people of Kentucky, thoroughly intrigued by this anomaly of which I had been completely ignorant. Some socio- political themes are mentioned, dropped in the book in case one would like to dive into them more deeply.
But the themes are really just dropped, not carried or expanded. This book is a great read for young people, 5th grade on up, I would think. The end is a bit clipped, as if the author ran out of time. Or maybe it is intentional. Maybe all endings are clipped, uncertain, unknown, and blended into the landscape.

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  "Facinating story" by ssskjw (see profile) 02/02/20

I never knew about the Book Women of Kentucky and what difficult lives they lived. The twist of genetics was also a new fact for me and quite fascinating.

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