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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything - everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. 

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. 

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere - even back home.

©2019 Kim Michele Richardson (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Wonderful story, wonderful performance

This book is so well researched and written, it was hard to get out of the car sometimes. The characters were portrayed with tenderness and depth and I was easily brought into their stories. I am grateful for having gotten it on audible, as the narrators enunciation and accent leant so much to the story. Highly recommend

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A fascinating look at history

I am so glad I picked this up. The author brings this little-known period of history to vivid life. The narration is skilled and authentic.

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Loved it!

It was really interesting to learn more about the pack horse librarians of Kentucky and to hear about the love of reading they instilled in so many people that maybe never would have had access to books had it not been for these women. Also to hear about the people (men) trying to discourage their families from reading was frustrating but she handled it so well! Also to learn about the blue folk, so sad to learn they were treated as colored, if not with even more suspicion.

I loved this book it is beautifully written and the heroine Cussy/Blueet/Bookwoman (whichever name you call her) is a very strong woman through so much adversity. I loved how she handled her job and the people she meets along the way. The racism she goes through is terrible, one doesn’t realize that they weren’t considered to have a medical problem they were considered colored. And remember this is the 1930’s so she has many hits against her already but she is so strong and strong willed and nothing is going to stop her living the life she wants to live!

This is my first book by this author but surely won’t be my last!

This was also my first book narrated by Katie Schorr who did a fabulous job at the southern accent ad all the voices. I will definitely pick up another one of her narrations!

I highly recommend this book to book lovers, historical fiction fans and anyone who likes a well told story!

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Interesting Book

This was an interesting book in that I had never heard of the "blue people" or the mule pack librarians. I thought it was well written and the narrator does a good job with the accents and language.

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vivid

the story is vivid and sweeping. I cared deeply about the characters. I laughed and cried with Cussie.

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Very Highly Recommended

This exquisite story brings not only heartfelt prose to living history; it touches on and elaborates daily human strengths and suffering in a way that only good literature can. I love books about Appalachia and the hard scrabble families of the mountains and "hollers". Very highly recommended. Can't wait for the next one to come out!