The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
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 ...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 p ...more
My only problem with it was that it was very slowly paced. However when I thought further about it, perhaps it was written that way because that's how Cussy ...more
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Kim Michele Richardson brings us a unique, fascinating, impressive, unforgettable story here that explores a part of history in Kent ...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RICHARDSON is an interesting, heartfelt, beautiful, and informative story that is packed full of well-researched historical content that I personally never knew about before.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 L ...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' ...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 ...more
Suffice it to say that the writing was uneven, the dialect was not consistent, and the ending was ...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 promised her ma....becaudepression....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 l ...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 ...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
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 exc ...more
Part of President Roosevelt's plan to bring jobs to struggling rural areas was the Pack Horse Library Project. Working for this program, Cussy and her mule delivered second-hand books to the poorest of mountain folks surrounding Troublesome Creek.
Cussy was called Bluet by many locals because of the uncommon color of her ski ...more
Nineteen year old Cussy Mary Carter and her widowed coal miner father live in a small shack near Troublesome Creek, where they barely scrape by on his meagre wages and her small salary as a librar ...more
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.
Kim Michele Richardson must have done an incredible amount of research to portray life during the Great Depression so vividly. (I was surprised to find out that the Blue People of Kentucky were real, too!) Every step of the way, I cared about what happened to Cussy Mary and her family, friends, and neighbors. It's stunning to think that as recently as the 1930s, people were still living the way that's described in the book.
My only complaint is that I'm not a huge fan of the way things wrapped up in this story, so I'll call it a 4.5/5. (Right now, I'm indecisive about whether I should round up or down.) I'd highly recommend giving it a listen! ...more
Cussy Mary Carter is a "Blue" (the last female of the blue-skinned people of Kentucky) who lives with her father (a "Blue" coal miner) and who works for Roosevelt's WPA Pack Horse Library Project. She delivers books to isolated mountain people. These people are so poor some ar ...more
I alternated between reading an ARC and listening to the audiobook as narrated by Katie Schorr. If you are an audiobook fan (and maybe even if you're not), I stro ...more
The bluegrass state, blue moon over, bluebirds in the trees, blue-eyed marys growing beneath, and come to find out— blue people among them, but not on the cover. Why is that?
Main character Cussy, AKA Bluet, is one, due to a rare genetic condition. She and her father suffer prejudice and poverty. He is slowly dying underground in the mines while she, on her mule, delivers library materials to remote mountain folk in the hills and hollers during the 1930s.
People are happy ...more
Every once in a while, a book turns out to be an amazing surprise, not much hype yet, but something about it draws you in. This is the case with this book. I found it very intriguing to read about women (mostly) who would take books to isolated folks in Kentucky and other rural spots via horseback. Imagine my surprise when the main character is described as having blue skin – I had to rethink the genre of this book, was t ...more
THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK is about the WPA Pack Horse Library Project of 1935 and the factual Blue People of eastern Kentucky. It’s a tribute to the librarians who traveled on horseback and mule to provide books to the poor and isolated communities in Kentucky.
Cussy Mary Carter is the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. She becomes ...more
Cussie is a special young woman, in mmany 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 b ...more
Cussy Mary experienced prejudice due to the ...more
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