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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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jdiehr
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A fascinating book about the pack horse librarian program and the blue people of Kentucky - two things of which I knew absolutely nothing about.

I highly recommend this book.

**Supposedly the new book by JoJo Moyes was "lifted" from this one. I hate to believe that since this was such a wonderful and well-researched story. It would be a shame if a more well-known author got credit that wasn't deserved

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Readswithcoffee
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I always enjoy historical fiction books when I learn something new. In this case, I learned about the blue-skinned people of Kentucky AND about the Pack Horse Library Project of the 1930s. I also love books about strong women who show kindness to others even when life is unfair and cruel. The audiobook version was excellent.

Scochrane26 I‘m from & live in Ky but never knew about the blue people until this book. Most of my book club didn‘t know much either. now
TheBookStacker This one sounds exactly like now
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jillrhudy
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This book about a Packhorse Librarian in 1030s Kentucky felt very visceral and real—I was right there with the main character, who goes through a lot of turmoil for very lame reasons, yet remains a total champ. Due to a rare genetic condition, Cussy Mary has blue skin. One of my faves of the year! #appalachia #librarian #strongwomen

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jillrhudy
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I don‘t care for the coinage “unputdownable” but the cover blurb is spot on. Closing this book is painful! I didn‘t want to come to work today; I wanted to read this book! #librarian #appalachia #strongwomen

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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The Gardener in me wants to grow Blue Eyed Marys. Happily Missouri Botanical Garden says it's possible. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxo...
This is one of those books that doesn't have a lot of happy moments but still manages to make you feel hopeful. It helps you to remember how far we've come(although there's still a lot that needs done) in the matter of equality.
💙💙💙💙💙

Crinoline_Laphroaig Been hearing good things about this book for awhile. Then this happened:
https://www.mhpbooks.com/jojo-moyes-new-book-bears-striking-similarities-to-a-re...
Reese Book Club picked JoJo Moyes book for it's November read. Which in my mind didn't seem fair. It will get a ton of sales because of Reese. I wanted to read this one because it came out first.
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mabell How pretty! I haven‘t heard of those. (We‘re so lucky to have the Mo Botanical Garden just a few minutes away 😊) 1d
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AnansiGirl
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#TIL about the Blue Fugates of Kentucky. Online articles are what exists on this mysterious family and their genetic trait of methemoglobinemia. The closest to a book is the tagged historical fiction I found on hoopla.

#TrueBlue #MOvember @Cinfhen

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trigeekgirl
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I really liked how this novel combined two true things: Blue People and Pack Librarians. The characters aren‘t drawn to be total angels or devils and the realities of life in that time are presented realistically. Recommended for fans of medicine or history.

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Pogue
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It made me angry, cry, laugh and cry some more. It also reminded me of my grandpa.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Picked this one up on a whim on Hoopla and I enjoyed it way more than I expected. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraBrook It‘s always a nice surprise when a spontaneous read turns out to be good! 2w
Ashley_Nicoletto @LauraBrook I agree. ❤️ 2w
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Lexicon1982
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Wow what amazing story! never heard about the Pack Horse Library Project or Blue People Of Kentucky before reading this book! cheered the whole way for the lovable blue-skinned Cussy Mary,last of the “Blues” facing adversity and discrimination while delivering books as the “Book Woman”. Her kindness and courage changed people‘s hearts and minds all through her love of books and literacy. top read of the year!5 stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟🌟 all the way!!!

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Book_Fairy_Mary
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I read this a while back and LOVED It! Time to read it again for book club ❤️

Scochrane26 She called in & talked to our book club. 2w
Book_Fairy_Mary @Scochrane26 whaaaaa? That is AWESOME! 7d
Scochrane26 @Book_Fairy_Mary Well, she is from my area, think she wanted to promote the book & because we are in Ky. I‘ve met her a couple of times at ky book fair. A librarian does my book club & contacted her. (edited) 7d
jillrhudy Wonder if she‘d talk to ours? We would love it. We‘re thinking of making her book our next pick. 21h
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Lauren.Archer
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What made me pull this was Reese Witherspoon‘s November Book Club pick. I am not even going to mention the book, but I am sure most of you know it. There has been a ton of controversy on with the book she selected and the possibility of plagiarism. I personally decided to read the book that came out first, and I am glad I did.

Please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/11/03/the-book-woman-of-troublesome-creek-boo...

Readswithcoffee Thanks for the information. I was not aware of the controversy. Just put this one on hold at my library. 2w
LauraBeth @Lauren.archer I just popped in to say I am so troubled about this. Can you imagine if you spent years researching and writing a book on a topic that no one knows about and then a famous author releases a similar book at the same time (bc she was clearly tipped off on your book). The fact that so many bloggers and bookstagrammers are pushing Moyes book - as well as it being a Reese pick - speaks to the power that is Penguin Random House. (edited) 2w
Lauren.Archer @LauraBeth i agree, I think I read somewhere that Penguin Random House might own the publishing house the other book, which is worse IMO, if that is true. 2w
LauraBeth If they are part of the same publishing house it makes me wonder if they are taking lesser-known writers and feeding their content to their big stars. 🤔 2w
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Lauren.Archer
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I have decided to read this in lieu of The Giver Of Stars. I just cannot support that book or Reese Witherspoon for selecting that book for her book club selection.

Sace Uh oh. I just chose that as my BOTM selection. What did I miss? 2w
Laughterhp I‘m surprised there isn‘t more talk about this and so many people are still supporting JoJo Moyes book. 2w
dragondrool We just read this for our book club last month and liked it a lot. I agree that Witherspoon should've done her homework before lauding the Moyes book.
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pigeonsandcrows I, too, am curious what's driving your dislike. I know nothing about the book at all but am now very curious. 2w
JamieArc I was surprised to see it as a BOTM choice. 2w
JamieArc @Sace and @pigeonsandcrows There is a lot of compelling evidence of plagiarism by Moyes. If you google it, I‘m sure you‘ll find it. 2w
Sace I looked at the book info for this and found the buzzfeed article. There is compelling evidence so I'm surprised this author's publishers chose not to pursue legal action. 2w
MeganAnn @JamieArc I was also surprised and a little apprehensive seeing it as a BOTM choice. 2w
JamieArc @Sace One of the things I think I read was that their publishers were either the same or linked somehow, and that there is a history of publishers (editors?) using material of lesser known writers for their better selling writers. I wonder if this happened in this case. If so, I would think they would be smarter about it. 2w
Jeg Oh dear. Just read the buzzfeed article. 2w
Sace I wish I had known it was a Reese Witherspoon pick. I would have skipped it for that reason alone. Ah well, it's already being shipped and my dollars are already spent. 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This was historical fiction, which talked about something I had never heard of - blue people of Kentucky. I loved all the talk about books and reading. And the story had been drawn in the whole time.

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Princess-Kingofkings
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What an encouraging way to start the day ~ with a deal for a book on my wish list! 🎧🐴📚

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VeryLazyDaisy
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I am enjoying this book immensely. It‘s about a young woman in 1930‘s Kentucky, who happens to be the last of her kind. A blue woman. I‘m fascinated by Appalachia and the blue people of Kentucky, so it‘s an interesting character study. The fact that she‘s a pack horse librarian riding her mule through the hillside to deliver reading materials and other necessities to other hill folk only makes this better. Definitely a book for Book Lovers!

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Gnora
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My new book for the week! And just after I picked it up news broke of a plagiarism scandal involving Jojo Moyes. You can read the details here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/jojo-moyes-the-giver-of-stars-kim...

#booksaboutbooks #librarybook #litsyloveslibraries

Johanna414 Wow - that does seem fishy! 1mo
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Scochrane26
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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/jojo-moyes-the-giver-of-stars-kim...
This is too long of an article but interesting to me because of the similarities in the books.

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suvata
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Well, well, well - plagiarism accusations. After reading the article I‘m not sure that I believe it but I‘m interested because both of these books are on my TBR. You can read the article it https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tomiobaro/jojo-moyes-the-giver-of-stars-kim...

megnews Wow! 1mo
IvoryLunatic Oh wow. I‘ve been wanting to read both of them. If that‘s really true, it‘s frustrating that Moyes would get the movie contract on top of it all. 1mo
suvata @IvoryLunatic I have a hard time believing it at all but, if it‘s true, you are absolutely right. So frustrating. 1mo
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IvoryLunatic @suvata What makes me hesitate is how some very specific details that aren‘t historical facts seem to be the same? That does seem weird. But would anybody really be stupid enough to copy that closely? I don‘t know.. 1mo
suvata @IvoryLunatic that is problematic. It‘s just that Moyes is so well-known that you would think she would know better than to do something like that. But people will cut corners when they can. 1mo
IvoryLunatic @suvata She could‘ve felt pressured to write something quickly? Who knows. 1mo
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Insightsintobooks
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#kindledeals #kindledeal #ebooksale

Should I???? It's kindaa lot on a book for me....

sblbooks I loved this book! 2mo
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Gnora
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I‘m not crying, you‘re crying. 😭

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nichollinlove
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This book was AMAZING! Cussy Mary is a fantastic character that leaves you wanting to saddle a horse and join the Pack Horse Library initiative. A story surrounded by real events in time. Her journey is sometimes hard but inevitably whole. I cried some and laughed some and learned some. I think that's exactly what Cussy aimed to do delivering all those books to her patrons! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Can't wait to read this in black and white print in the future! ❤

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toofondofbooks
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Joanielovesbooks
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Excellent

SW-T Agreed! 😊 2mo
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Joanielovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jamicuns
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The author did a beautiful job of describing the trials that the main character, Cussy, had to live through all bc of the color of her skin. The prejudices were horrible and the actions that were justified in the name of religion were heartbreaking. Cussy quickly became a favorite. Her strength, compassion, and passion for sharing her love of books and education resonated with me throughout the book.

lynneamch Yes! I also appreciated the author notes about the real medical condition that inspired the story. 2mo
jamicuns @lynneamch yes. The author‘s notes was great. I moved to KY 15 years ago and learned about the Blue Fugates. I love that the author found a way to tell part of their story through a captivating plot and a favorite main character. ❤️ 2mo
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toofondofbooks
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I enjoyed this so much! Set in Appalachia during the Depression, this is the story of Cussy Mary or Bluet as she is sometimes called, the last of the famous blue-skinned people of Kentucky. (Yes that is a real thing) Characters you love (especially her mule Junia), great story, historically accurate. Loved!

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BookNAround
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This has gotten such universal praise I want to see what it‘s all about. And Gatsby jumped down from where she was sleeping to model (bed beard and all) the book for me. #dogsoflitsy #schnauzersoflitsy

CBee Bed beard 😂😂😂😂 she makes it look good! 2mo
valeriegeary Cutie! I'm very interested in this book....a lot of people in my life have been talking about it 2mo
Melissa_J Hello Gatsby!! 2mo
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Karkar Hello Gatsby!!! 2mo
Susannah “Bed beard” 🤣 So cute! (edited) 2mo
Come-read-with-me @BookNAround 💗💗Gatsby is adorable! I love schnauzers!!! 2mo
Bookish.SAM 😂 ‘bed beard‘ 😂 ... my Wheatie mix gets that an awful lot too! 2mo
BookNAround @CBee Gatz says thanks so much. 😂 2mo
BookNAround @Melissa_J @Karkar She says hello back. 😁 2mo
BookNAround @valeriegeary @Susannah @Come-read-with-me Thanks! We think the old lady is pretty cute too. 2mo
BookNAround @Bookish.SAM All the best dogs get bed beard! 😉 2mo
Come-read-with-me @BookNAround She is lovely! Love the ears! 2mo
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GirlMeetsBook
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This book was wonderful, and the audio was well narrated.

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peacegypsy
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Can I get through this by the end of today? 🤔 #LaborDayread 😃

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MaggieCarr
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Inspired by the historical blue people and fierce and brave Kentucky Pack horse librarians,19 year-old Cussy Mary Carter dubbed Bluet is passionate about getting literature into the hands of those around her. Her loyalty puts her at risk, but that doesn't stop her. Cussy is the perfect protagonist for those of us who embrace the need for books, the healing they can bring and the future they can provide. Don't miss this book!

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mdm139
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This book has gotten me out of my book slump. And my favorite flowers in my yard are blooming!

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megnews
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This was everything I was hoping it would be.

Book 226/265 8/9/19

SW-T Really liked this one 😊 3mo
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MaggieCarr
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Woke up to multiple Libby by Overdrive emails notifying me of purchased requested books. Started one immediately and was tempted to call in sick to work as opposed to hitting pause. So far, so good...!

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megnews
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Lol. True, but there‘s also a little fairy that gives you the world in return!

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Littlestbookshelf
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I have been loving this book. Can‘t believe I live in KY and have never heard of the blue skinned people of KY. This is a very interesting read!

LauraBytheBook I just started the audiobook of this today and the blue-skinned thing threw me. Do you know if it is a real thing or just a fictional device created for this story? 4mo
Littlestbookshelf @LauraBytheBook it‘s definitely real! I‘m amazed but google it. It‘s a mixture of a blood disorder and inbreeding that turned a whole family‘s skin blue in KY 4mo
LiteraryLona I had to forward this book to my high school biology teacher. She had always been super interested in the blue people of Troublesome Creek! She‘s so excited for this book! 4mo
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megnews
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Suet624 Oooh... lovely 4mo
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megnews
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Next up, a book I‘ve really been wanting to read. Very excited and hope it‘s great!

SaturnDoo I will be joining you. My book hold made it in to my library 😊 although I may have to read ahead of the schedule because it will be due back in the middle of the month and not sure if I can renew it. 4mo
megnews @SaturnDoo For Auschwitz Lullaby? Glad you can join! 4mo
SaturnDoo @megnews yep 😁 I was in a hurry today to get to an appointment and I couldn't remember the name of the book nor could I find the correct post to post to 😂🤣 so I said well I'll leave it here and hopefully she will know what I'm talking about and you did 😊 4mo
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xxjenadanxx
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1. Done
2. Hot Cheetos obviously
3. Sunset
4. A ticket to Cairo to see by bestie(about $1200), a Disney World trip ($3000) and new luggage($300). And the rest I would spend on tickets for shows I wanna see this year.
5. Kindergarten, because I had the sweetest teacher and life had yet to become complicated, as it would in first grade and beyond.

@howjessreads #friyayintro

megnews Wow. Great plans for the $5000! 4mo
xxjenadanxx @megnews thanks! Now I just need to find someone to give me the money! 🤣 4mo
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Amie
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This novel is about a young Appalachian pack horse librarian in 1930s Kentucky who also has a genetic condition that causes her skin to be blue (a real condition that affected a real Appalachian family). This young woman had to endure so much grief and sorrow, but the book did end on a hopeful note.

Crazeedi I tried to start this and put it down, glad to hear you liked, I should revisit it 4mo
ReadingisMyPassion Eager to read this one. 2mo
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Kpulver
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I knew something about the pack librarian program and nothing about the “blue people” and the Fulgate family. I learned more about all these subjects which took place in the 1930s in Kentucky.

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CaitlinR
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As a librarian, this book thrummed at my heartstrings. The commitment to service, and the belief in the power of books and reading demonstrated by the Pack Horse Librarians, typify why so many of us enter the modern profession.

The information about the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and their experiences, and those of other people of color, was disturbing and fascinating.

The romantic story line detracted from the story‘s power.

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Michellekidwell
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If you are looking for a good historical read loosely based on the Blue Skinned People Of Kentucky then The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek is a Book I would recommend for you.

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Jenken1998
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Historical fiction telling the story of the pack horse library program in Kentucky in the 1930s. Cussy Mary Carter, a "librarian" is an amazingly strong character who faces physical dangers, racism and discrimination in order to deliver her beloved library books to her patrons. Surrounded by a cast of great characters she battles through trial after trial with a generous heart. This will be one of my favorites this year for sure! ?????

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Mrsann2000
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Went to Wisconsin for golf (hubby) and I found a book sale at the library! Score!!

Lovesbooks87 Evelyn!!! 💚😍💚😍💚😍 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Evelyn 💚💚💚 1mo
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Sassy_Steph
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This book was a great story! Just read it! Poor blue people!!

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Book_devourer
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I had never heard of the Kentucky blues. Or known much about the poverty the rural folks faced in the area. This book is about hope and hunger, yearning for learning and belonging, community and exclusion. And books.