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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
"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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Beatlefan129
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Mehso-so

The author of this book chose to mix together two things that actually existed, but not together: the blue skinned Fugate family of Kentucky who suffered from congenital methemoglobinemia and the Pack Horse Librarians who delivered books to rural communities. Either of these things would have had rich stories to tell on their own, but blending them the way she did led to an over-the-top melodrama.

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SaraC24
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Pickpick

One of the best books I've read this year. It was ONLY supposed to be my in public book but I ended up reading it with every chance I could get.

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BkClubCare
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Pickpick

I enjoyed learning more about the Pack Library during the WPA days, the blue people of Kentucky, and … getting to know Cussy Mary aka Bluet. A satisfied read but a critical eye might ruin it. But hey! Giving it high marks for BOOKS 📚 and for PIE 🥧!!! I think this completes my #WiaN2022 #WhatsinaName #Challenge for 2022 🎉 #WiaN
#WiaNcategoryPersonDescription #WiaNcategoryCompoundWord
RIP Loretta Lynn #CoalMinersDaughter

ValerieAndBooks I liked this one. I have the sequel in my TBR 2mo
BkClubCare This was book # 78 2mo
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BkClubCare
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September was a bust. Failed to read either spin; goes without saying that I completed no rows, no columns of bingo 😔 I only finished 3 books! That‘s OK - I hit my goal for the year. 😁

BkClubCare #BookSpinBingo = Classic: Jude the Obscure by Tom Hardy 2mo
BkClubCare #DoubleSpin = Laundry Love by Patric Richardson 🧺 2mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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I liked this one. I loved the historical background. I even learned something new, I had NO idea of the “blue people” of Appalachia. I fully intend to go down a rabbit hole of the pack horse librarians and “blue people”.
I liked the main character after a bit. The love story seemed forced and the wedding scene seemed over the top. I understand that‘s how things were the scene was just a lot.
Recommend.

BarkingMadRead Loved this, I want to read the sequel! I got my copy in a little free library and totally went down the Google rabbit hole to see if there were actual blue people! 3mo
OrangeMooseReads @BarkingMadRun Hold up there is a sequel!? 😯 3mo
BarkingMadRead Yea! I think it‘s called the Bookwoman‘s Baby? No, it‘s Bookwoman‘s Daughter 3mo
OrangeMooseReads @BarkingMadRun I‘m going to have to look that one up, thanks for letting me know 😊 3mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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Next read. I‘m about 3 hrs in and so far I like the story. I‘m going to have to do a bit of research though.

CoverToCoverGirl I went in search of more information too! Loved this book, fascinating. 3mo
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SaraC24
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My new public book. I got ALOT of comments from guys on things you save in a fire. Now let's see people's reactions to this one! xD lmao especially with all the book banning this one might cause some looks. Been wanting to read this one for awhile but potentially pissing people off is just an added bonus.

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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My mom is terrible at “summarizing” books she suggests. If she can manage to not give away the ending, I can usually guess just using the information she gives me. She did well enough on this story to actually pique my interest and even inspire a Google search to see if the story is based on real people. I also just noticed the review from the author of Water for Elephants and I loved that book.

BookBosomed1 Loved that book. I have the sequel on my TBR shelf. 3mo
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rebbyj
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Sweet

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Scochrane26
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Eastern Kentucky had massive floods recently, & cleanup will take a long time. One of the hardest hit was the real Troublesome Creek area in Letcher Co (whitesburg). The tagged author has set up a go fund me for the public library (see pic) & 3 school libraries that were destroyed. https://gofund.me/870d73bc
I have an address also where you can send elementary & middle grade books if you feel inclined.

Tamra 😩 4mo
Scochrane26 @Tamra I know—I‘ve seen some of the damage in person & pics but didn‘t realize the state of the libraries until today. 4mo
mcctrish Oh this is heartbreaking 4mo
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Blueberry Can you post the address to send elementary and middle school books to please,? 4mo
Scochrane26 @Blueberry Letcher Co Board of Education, 752 Hazard Rd, Whitesburg, Ky 41858 4mo
Scochrane26 @Blueberry Thanks! It says good condition used books. I don‘t have any for those grade levels but thought some Littens may have some to get rid of. I donated to the go fund me instead. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for posting! The footage from these floods is terrifying. 4mo
Scochrane26 @TheAromaofBooks The floods hit in the middle of the night, so many people didn‘t have time to get out. I went to hazard & helped sort supplies a couple of weekends ago & hope to go again. First, we had the tornadoes in western Ky last Dec, now the floods in eastern. I‘m in central Ky, so we keep sending supplies. Appalshop (the keeper of all Appalachian history, media production company) was able to save most of their archives. 4mo
Scochrane26 @TheAromaofBooks And Hindman will be able to rebuild, they do so much for writers. The area has been through so much. 4mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Pickpick

One of my most anticipated reads. I m not disappointed, same time not completely satisfied as well. It is about a blue skinned pack horse librarian ! Interesting concept, well written plot but at times I felt story got diverted from main stream, cos of too much information. The way doctor is portrayed in this book is confusing. Still it is worth reading as the story line is fast paced & packed with historical facts. 3.5⭐️#bookspin of #August

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Slowly working my way through the #alphabetgame by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I cannot pick just one #LetterB
I adore both of these books so much.😍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Both of these are on my shelf!! 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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AmyK1 I need that sign! 😂 4mo
Eggs 🥾🤎📚 4mo
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AmyK1
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I just recommended the tagged to a friend. A close second would be Beartown. #letterB #alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Tagging @wideeyedreader and anyone else who wants to play.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is my current read and #bookspin choice of August. Just started to read.

I could think of my last read The Boy in the Black suit my fav books, The book thief & Before the coffee gets cold for the #LetterB #Alphabetgame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚📚 4mo
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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/Bl_PUKiagkE

Enjoy!

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Kelican17
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Pickpick

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 book dump 5/5
Loved it. From beginning to end. 💚💚💚

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Blueberry
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Eggs Perfection 💙 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect ⛰💙 6mo
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Jenb2022
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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this book!

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babyruth2510
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ While I enjoyed the idea of this book, I had a hard time with the pacing and development of the book. There was ultimately very little character development in the book and each chapter was like a short scene in life sometimes having absolutely no connection with the next scene. I wanted more depth. That said, I do think that the author was successful in describing the hard lives that faced not only people of color but the mountain folk too.

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thecaffinatedreader
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Had to bail on this one. I read through Chapter 5 and just couldn‘t get into it.

BooksNBowls I saw this at my little free library today! I almost got it but maybe I dodged a bullet?? 🤔 6mo
thecaffinatedreader @BooksNBowls I‘m not sure, the reviews were mixed on this one. I guess I fall in the DF group 6mo
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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Interesting!

MaleficentBookDragon I ❤️❤️❤️l❤️ this book! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl I loved this book! 💜 6mo
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451Degrees
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Pickpick

A heart wrenching story that touched on love of books, harshness of the Kentucky backwoods, and townsfolk overcoming prejudice for their beloved book woman. A book about a woman who has a rare disease that turns her skin blue and how she pushed through prejudices to share her love of literature and reading to those that needed it most!

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ozma.of.oz
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Panpan

Cussy is one of the blue skinned people of Kentucky. She works as one of the Pack Librarians supported by the New Deal. This is her story.

This style felt very slice of life. Lots of interesting 2nd characters and historical context, but ultimately disappointing. Lots of threads that got dropped. A predictable ending that felt unearned. The last 10% kind of felt like overkill in the number of traumatic events. I hate time skips. 🌕🌕🌑🌑🌑

ozma.of.oz CW 👇🏻 7mo
ravenlee Yes, everything you said! It felt so promising, but story lines went nowhere, horrible things just kept happening and happening and happening. 7mo
ozma.of.oz Sexual assault chapters 2 and 5, abortion chapter 3, child death chapter 34, suicide chapter 37, parent death chapter 45 7mo
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ozma.of.oz @ravenlee Right? It felt kind of like trauma porn to me. And then everything‘s magically been fixed by a time skip in an epilogue? I felt manipulated. 7mo
ravenlee Manipulated is a good word for it. I mentioned in a discussion that the ending, which makes so little sense, seems to set up the sequel. But given the amount of time between books that doesn‘t make much sense…I‘m just lost. I wanted so badly to like SOMETHING about this, but just no. 7mo
ozma.of.oz I just looked it up and yeah, the description for the sequel makes me so confused. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Oh well. 7mo
slategreyskies Thanks for the CW. I think I‘m gonna pass on this one. 3mo
ozma.of.oz @slategreyskies Yeah, it was a book club choice, and I know I would have really appreciated a heads up. 3mo
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MicrobeMom
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March was a tough choice but this is a book I am still thinking about even though I read it in early March. I also learned a lot as I had had never heard of the blue people of Kentucky or the genetic disorder that effected them.
#2022readingbracket

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This broke my heart and/or enraged me every 20 or so pages but it was beautifully written, Cussy is a wonderful charactor, and I loved it. The narration was A+.

@TheAromaofBooks This was my #BookSpin for March.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
CarolynM Grest title 😀 8mo
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RedxoHearts
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Bailedbailed

Unfortunately adding this one to my DNF list. I just couldn't get into it for some reason

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RedxoHearts
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Perfect night to just snuggle up and read. Fancy had to make sure her current favorite toy the rainbow llama was close by. #dogsoflitsy

Has anyone read this one?

BookNAround Fancy is precious. Gatsby likes to sleep with a disgusting looking, stuffing-less toy we call roadkill. Always charming to wake up with it in my bed. 😂 9mo
RedxoHearts @BookNAround my big dog was that way. His was a duck and he always had to make sure it was snuggled in bed too. Silly dogs lol 9mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I'm halfway through listening to this. It's beautifully written but it's making my heart ache. I never do this but I'm thinking of checking the end to see if all ends well for Cussy. 😬

EvieBee I know exactly what you mean! Go for it. Also, the sequel will be out this summer. 9mo
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MicrobeMom
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Pickpick

I finish this lovely book last night. I had never heard of the blue people of Kentucky or the Pack Horse Librarians. They were melded together beautifully. Cussy Mary‘s story demonstrates the brutality, poverty, bigotry, and ignorance of the time with touches of love, kindness, and hope. Loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Chelleo This was soo good! 9mo
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MegsAnne
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The Room in the Attic by Louise Douglas and the Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson were such great reads. I learned a lot about the pack horse librarians and blue people of Kentucky from Richardson‘s book. I had no idea!

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LazyLimaLife
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I‘ve been reading mostly romance and fun YA for the last 6 months in an attempt to “keep my spirits up” and not have to double down on meds because of, well, life. Didn‘t even finish the first chapter before the tears. This may not be the book for me right now unless someone tells me otherwise.

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Skyrimir
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Not a fan. Finished it for my book club, but if I had been reading it on my own it would have been a DNF. The audiobook wasn‘t bad though.

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Marmie7
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Had a slow reading month, but I managed to finish 5. I'm also in the process of finishing two more. I wish this slump would go away! Only one, The resort, was a bookspin pick. #Bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 9mo
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Blueberry
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Currently reading.

PhyllisH I loved this book😍 9mo
Blueberry @PhyllisH Have you read The Giver of Stars? Same basic subject, also good. 9mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. The tagged book is a fictionalized account of real subjects in the history of eastern Kentucky.

2. I have never been to Kentucky, but if I traveled there, I'd like to see the Lost River Cave, the Louisville Mega Cavern, the Creation Museum, and the Ark Encounter.

#ROADTRIPUSA2022 @megnews

megnews I enjoyed this book too. I just recalled I have been to the Creation Museum. Wanted to see the Ark Encounter as well but it was still being built when we went. 11mo
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crazyspine
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Pickpick

#Bookspin I loved this audiobook.

marleed I mean, blue people - who knew! 11mo
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Singout
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Pickpick

I found this an intriguing piece of historical fiction based on the lives of the “blue“ people of rural Kentucky, who due to a recessive gene had blue skin and were therefore marginalized. It interweaves this story with that of the “pack horse librarians,“ which I confess I found even more interesting: people (mostly women) who followed a regular route with packs and a mule to deliver books and magazines to people who otherwise had no access.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The end #SheSaid. I had mixed feelings reading this end…it felt like she wasn‘t sure if was going for a happy ending or a realistic ending…and like it flip flopped back and forth to me.😬 I was all in for the happy ending, which built, as she managed to kill off a bunch of characters at the same time, and then undo the happy ending too, but then reverse that a bit also. How did you all feel by this ending? Will you be tempted to read the sequel?

CocoReads Wait, there‘s a sequel? I read this a couple years ago for book group and we had a great discussion but now I must know about the sequel. 🤣🤣 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @CocoReads Yes…The Book Woman‘s Daughter, I believe it comes out in May. 11mo
CocoReads Awesome, I‘ll have to check it out! 11mo
megnews I had mixed feelings in the book. I think it was the pacing for me. But I still want to read the sequel. 11mo
ravenlee I felt like any time something not-horrible happened, 2-3 horrible things immediately followed. And, knowing there‘s a sequel, it seemed like she was headed for a positive ending and then changed it so there‘d be a bridge to book 2. Some of this book was interesting, but overall I found it mediocre. I get why someone might like it, but I didn‘t. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews I‘m somehow both glad she stayed fairly realistic to the real history of the times & area, and annoyed that the ending wasn‘t more straightforward as a Happily Ever After after that build up…so I guess I will fall into the not happy no matter which way she went. 😂 it might just be me. 11mo
MallenNC I had mixed feelings about the end also. It felt like a lot was ramped up in the last section with only a little resolution at the end. I think if she‘d done a book just about a book woman OR just about a blue person the story may have been stronger. I also felt a little uneasy with using a person with blue skin to tell a story about racism. I‘m not really able to articulate that well, but it didn‘t fully sit right with me. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews Maybe it would have been better if she‘d have just picked a track and stuck to it. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee I thought that too, but it was years between books…I can‘t image she knew there‘d be a sequel. Who knows though, because that was my first thought too…. Like she had it wrapped up one way, and then tweaked it for sequel possibility 11mo
rockpools Hi Melissa. Please could I be untagged for the coming year - I‘m cutting right back on my challenge reads as I have to admit I‘m really not getting to them. (Or I may get to them in a year or two 😕) Thanks 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC I understand that too. I‘m sure they were equally discriminated against… but yes…in ways it felt odd & forced. Maybe it‘s a good way for people who can‘t usually see discrimination/prejudices to relate to it more 🤷‍♀️. Did your addition have the historical information at the end? I found that interesting…maybe a need a nonfiction about the topic. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @rockpools I completely understand that, I‘m pulling out of some others of mine too. Have a great new year of reading, no matter what you read! 11mo
IndoorDame I‘d love to be added for the coming year. I loved your reading list this year every time I saw the tags! 11mo
megnews I don‘t always like tidily wrapped happy endings because life‘s not always like that but I agree with @ravenlee it‘s possibly to set up the sequel. I also agree with @MallenNC that sticking to one topic might have been better. There are books on the topics separately. I‘ve had this one on my tbr for awhile 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @IndoorDame Welcome aboard. I‘ll add you to the tagging list. 11mo
ravenlee One thing that bothered me was the preacher storyline. He was set up as this major villain - and then it was just over. I thought there‘d be repercussions, but it was just a gimmick to manipulate Cussy Mary into the Doc‘s study. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @IndoorDame I‘m glad you been enticed by our book selections 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee Yes! Even at the end when the sheriff intervened… I thought it was going to be they found his remains….maybe something when they buried her father…something related back to him anyway. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Some things just felt rushed…the union storyline was good, then her dad & the accident…but then the mine just closed. And there was a new fabric store instead? Uh, without the mine…they would be more impoverished, not get a new store. (edited) 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa She brought food to the kids at the school from the doctor, Henry died anyway…the teacher had to leave and close the school….then nothing. I thought that might be an opportunity for Cussy to teach too 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just felt like there were a lot of great leads that got left hanging.. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh and it was ok for Cussy to marry before, but not now, because the miscegenation law just happened to be passed during those 9 months? 11mo
vlwelser I loved this book right up until the last couple of chapters. It felt rushed and she jammed a bunch of unnecessary nonsense in at the end. I will not be continuing on to the sequel. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser I agree… if she‘d have spaced a bunch of that out, it might have been fine… but those last few chapters were just 1 thing after another…boom boom boom 11mo
vlwelser Totally. She really lost me with the miscegenation thing. It felt unnecessary to throw that in as the penultimate chapter. Like we get it she's not considered white and people are prejudiced. 11mo
staci.reads @megnews I also had mixed feelings about it. I poured through it quickly and enjoyed the story overall, but it felt uneven. 11mo
staci.reads I also agree that the twist at the end came out of nowhere and then felt very underdeveloped. I also felt that way about Jackson proposing to her...too abrupt. 11mo
ravenlee @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Richardson may not have known she‘d get a sequel, but it sure reads like she had written it one way and her agent/editor/somebody said, “you know, I‘m not promising anything, but this has sequel potential, so if you just reworked that ending to leave it open…” 11mo
Singout I‘m glad I read it, and learning about the blue people was very interesting, but found the ending a bit forced, as other people did. It seemed like the lynching element just came too quickly, with no kind of warning. Jackson also seems like too much of the perfect hero for me. 11mo
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BookedBySunrise
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The most beautiful and accurate book about my beloved home, I have ever read. Well I live an hour away just across the state line but still these are my people. My own great grandfather was from that county died in the mines at age 40, my own grandmother was born in a coal camp. Another form of Slavery that no one talks about and very few are even aware of. The Forgotten Americans, my only complaint is The Reader mispronounced Appalachian

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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

I just finished this for #SheSaid and it was a struggle for me. The writing is good, though I felt sometimes the dialect slipped a bit. I feel like every time something good happened the backlash was severe. Any tiny bit of hope was just mercilessly crushed. And there were some threads I felt didn‘t get resolved properly. I don‘t plan to read the sequel, but I understand why some love this book.

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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This starts out really strong. And I'm going to just stop there and let you make your own opinions.

#SheSaid with @Riveted_Reader_Melissa
Final discussion on Sunday. 🤐

#BookSpinBingo square 3
@TheAromaofBooks

MallenNC I just finished too, and am trying to decide how to phrase my review. Agree with you about the strong start. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa 🤐😷🤫🤭🙈🙉🙊 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hello #SheSaid

How is everyone this week? How is the book going for you? I‘m enjoying the stories of the book people on her trail still and want more of their individual stories, I‘m also appreciating how the author is laying out racism & prejudice & colorism as a problem that can‘t be “cured” by medicine…because it‘s a problem with the hater (hatefulness) not the hated (their color). Any thoughts you want to share?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Is this book reminding anyone else of the Christy series? Maybe just me? 12mo
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megnews It‘s been so long since I read that series but now that you say that, yes. It‘s been awhile since I read this but I liked all the mountain folks she delivered books to. I have to admit I read Giver if Stars after this one and liked it better. I still plan to read Bookwoman‘s Daughter though. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews I read some comparisons to Giver of Stars, and some seem to think it was a bit plagiarized from this 😬 I haven‘t read that one yet, but now I‘m a bit leery to try it. 12mo
vlwelser I love this book. It is fairly similar to The Giver of Stars but I'm actually enjoying this more. 12mo
megnews @Riveted_Reader_Melissa yeah, I read some articles on that. I did see the similarities. It‘s awful if that‘s the case. Taking that away, I think I just liked the writing style of the other author more. 12mo
Karisa I think you summed it up well! The school kids are still my favorite part. I was surprised that the doctor‘s study mellowed out and he seemed to find something that worked (though makes her sick). Agreed that the real problem is not her color though. The poverty and lack of necessities are heartbreaking. I haven‘t read the other books mentioned above but it‘s been reminding me of Dolly Parton‘s stories of growing up (TN not KY though).👇 12mo
Karisa I binge listened to Dolly Parton‘s America podcast about how she bridges so many disparate groups with her messages of radical offbeat acceptance, love, and compassion: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/dolly-partons-america/episodes (so similar to my grandmother who also grew up in extreme poverty) 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I‘ll have to check that out, I‘m still convinced Dolly is part Saint. The work she does with books for kids is so admirable. (edited) 12mo
MallenNC I agree with your comments @Riveted_Reader_Melissa especially the part about the problem being the hater, not the person they‘re hating. I felt stressed as Mary was going to the celebration bc I knew it wasn‘t going to be how she hoped. I like the parts about her work best, and all the people she helps. 12mo
MallenNC I haven‘t read Giver of Stars yet but I want to. My understanding is the only overlap is the librarians on horseback. I am willing to read and judge for myself bc I‘ve liked JoJo Moyes‘ writing before. 12mo
Karisa @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Agreed! The podcast just made me love her all the more. They have an episode or two just devoted to Jolene. They talk to university students, some of which acknowledged that her book program made a real difference in their lives. Dolly‘s heart for people and books reminds me of Cussy Mary so much. 💗 12mo
ravenlee I found the “cure” to be interesting - how Pa calls it a vanity, and the doctor kind of loses interest in them now that he‘s solved the mystery. I agree with the earlier comments, that it wasn‘t going to change anything because it‘s the others who have the problem, not Cussy Mary. The reactions from her patrons warmed my heart. And I‘m worried about the fire-watcher/ranger-in-training after his fight for his bride. 12mo
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staci.reads
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Finished this one up early for December's #SheSaid. I enjoyed the story a lot! I learned some history that was brand new to me. And while the writing felt uneven and a lot of it was predictable, I still really enjoyed it. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

mariaku21 I loved that book. It was such a good read 12mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hello #SheSaid. I hope the weekend is treating you well.

How are you making out with this book and section, thoughts, anything you want to discuss?

MallenNC I‘m enjoying this book! The tension in the story when she and the mule were both anxious over the preacher stalking them was stressful. But I didn‘t expect what happened in that part. And the doctor experimenting on her was so upsetting. I do enjoy her visits with those on her book route. (edited) 12mo
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staci.reads I found the scenes in the hospital infuriating. It was hard to read how she lost all agency over her body and everyone was just ok with it. 12mo
staci.reads I do love reading about her connections with the various families she delivers to. I am also looking forward to watching her relationship develop with Jackson Lovett. 12mo
vlwelser @MallenNC I definitely didn't expect the part with the preacher. I thought he was going to plague her through the entire book. It makes me curious as to what awful thing is going to happen instead. 12mo
vlwelser I was also horrified by what the doctor subjected her to. 12mo
ravenlee The doctor‘s actions make me feel ill. Blackmail‘s bad enough, but the horrible treatment in the hospital…I felt sick reading about it. I was wishing terrible things on those nuns. 12mo
ravenlee @MallenNC @vlwelser I agree - I expected that to be the big conflict throughout the story; now I wonder if there will be fallout later on, or if it was just the impetus for the medical testing. 12mo
ravenlee I‘m still on the fence about the book. I‘m interested enough that I want to know what happens - especially with all the patrons on her route; but I can‘t say I‘m enjoying it. 12mo
Karisa @ravenlee That‘s a good point. Just because the preacher is dead doesn‘t mean that problem is fully resolved… 12mo
Karisa I‘m finding this book really interesting. As others above mentioned, the medical study parts were so sad and uncomfortable. I kept thinking of all the medical photos and how many people unwillingly have been studied throughout history. I also love the book route parts best. The kids and teacher were so sweet. The lifesaver part sounds like a depression era story my grandmother could‘ve told 12mo
Singout I am really liking it as well: I particularly enjoyed the stories about the boy who gave her his lifesaver and the young man who wants to be a forest ranger. The commitment to mutual support and helping people get a bit further along when they‘re immersed in hardship is really inspiring. I‘m curious to see what happens with her father‘s mine, which is only being hinted at. And yes, the medical experimentation is gruelling. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I immediately thought of all the unwelcomed medical experimentation myself. From “lunatic” asylums, where you could be commuted for anything (like hysteria) and subjected to the most brutal treatments with no recourse at all…to the horrible experimentation done on slaves during that era, or Jews under nazism. So much suffering for scientific curiosity, and some of it outright sadism disguised as medicine. So much for “do no harm” (edited) 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads Did you by any chance read the Christy stories or see the movies years ago. Her romance while working with the “hill people” is reminding me a bit of this, especially when Cussy and the smart dam builder have their moments together. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC @vlwelser Right, you‘re happy the preacher is gone…yet his presence is stalking her even after death making her miserable. (edited) 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee I think I‘m with you, on the fence…it easily readable and I‘ll have no trouble finishing it. Some parts about books & reading & the folk are lovely. Some parts are very grim, but as much as they disturb me, I have to remind myself they are pretty historically accurate too (sadly). I read somewhere there is a sequel in the works, not sure if I‘m up for that though or not. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ yes, double checked…sequel comes out next year. 2022 12mo
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kspenmoll
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Started this tonight. #shesaid

MaggieCarr Second one is being published next year! 12mo
Pogue That was a good book 12mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Hello #SheSaid! What I difference from our last read. For historical academic to historical fiction.

I personally am really enjoying this so far, despite the pain and hardships of this life on the mountain full of dangers from mining, the elements, and (as always) other people. But how can I not root for a book woman and her ornery and protective mule.

How are you fairing so far?

Karisa I‘m enjoying it too. It was hard to stop at the end of this section. I felt like the creepy preacher was going to jump out again at any moment. I also spent all week telling anyone who would listen about the real blue people of Kentucky. I‘ll be mentioning it during our genetics unit for sure! How had I never heard of this? Thought it was magical realism at first. I really like learning about the mobile librarians too. What brave people! 12mo
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Daisey I read this a few months ago and really enjoyed it! I had heard of the pack mule librarians, but it was fascinating to actually learn more about them. 12mo
Scochrane26 @Karisa I have grown up in Ky & never heard of blue people until this book. My book club read this when it came our, & I don‘t think any of them knew either. 12mo
Scochrane26 Favorite character in this book is Junia the mule. Richardson called in to our book club, & we wanted to know more about the mule. 12mo
vlwelser I agree with @Karisa so hard to put down. I like that we're doing a fun fiction read this month instead of something more serious. 12mo
vlwelser It's stunning to me that she's treated as other and not even allowed to use the indoor toilet, like the "proper" ladies might catch something. Junia for sure is my favorite so far, but I already like a lot of the characters. 12mo
JenlovesJT47 I read this a couple of years ago and really liked it. I‘m thinking of grabbing the audiobook. This book is compared to The Giver of Stars a lot and some say GOS is a rip-off, but I loved them both and think they‘re both solid stories on their own. The blue skin thing is fascinating! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @vlwelser Yes, December is a great month for a fun fiction instead of a more serious read. It‘s also a nice change of pace from time to time. 😉 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Scochrane26 I‘m so glad I‘m not the only one loving the mule. Junia seems like such a kindred spirit with Cussy, both abused and taken for granted, underestimated and under-appreciated. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Karisa I kept waiting for it too, I‘m sure he will again. 😬 12mo
ravenlee Another vote for Junia the mule - it‘s awful but I kinda hope she kicks the creeper preacher to death. It‘s taking me some time to settle in, it didn‘t sit right at first but it‘s been a frazzled few days and I‘m going to give it some more time. 12mo
ravenlee The racism/colorism makes me feel ill. The scene with Harriet fingering her wart-covered jaw and complaining that the “coloreds” might pass on some sort of disease was so disturbing. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee So reminiscent of all racism (that really isn‘t a race). It‘s different than what we‘ve read about before, but all too familiar in many ways. I‘m feeling like the genetics of blue, and the way she is approaching it in the story, might be eye opening for some who can‘t see it normally (the colorism, racism, prejudice views). If nothing else it reminds me that humans are equally bizarre about anything viewed as “different”. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa A little background about the blue… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Fugates 12mo
MallenNC I am enjoying this book too. It‘s been in my TBR forever, and now that I‘m reading I had trouble stopping at the end of our section. The narrator for the audiobook is doing a good job with he accents, which isn‘t always true of southern/mountain speakers. I didn‘t know the people with blue skin before reading this. (edited) 12mo
megnews I had heard of pack mule librarians and blue people before reading this. Didn‘t know much about blue people though so I did a lot of research while reading this. I find both topics fascinating. I love the setting though not the racism. 12mo
Singout Really interesting: the pack mule librarians, the determination to make books and literature at all levels accessible to everybody who wants it, the people with blue skin and the clarity about how “whiteness” isn‘t just about skin color. Like the previous commentor I am loving the audiobook reader. 12mo
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Saving our #SheSaid schedule so I can remember where I‘m supposed to stop! I‘ve had this one on my TBR forever.

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Lauranahe
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This was interesting. I enjoyed the emphasis on reading and how much it impacts people. The emphasis on being white made me a little uncomfortable, and I felt the racial slurs at the end were unnecessary. I also felt like the ending was a lot in very few pages, very rushed. But the true stories behind this are fascinating (blue people, book women).