The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome CreekPDF The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek By Kim Michele Richardson Pikavippi Ilman In 1936, Tucked Deep Into The Woods Of Troublesome Creek, KY, Lives Blue Skinned 19 Year Old Cussy Carter, The Last Living Female Of The Rare Blue People Ancestry The Lonely Young Appalachian Woman Joins The Historical Pack Horse Library Project Of Kentucky And Becomes A Librarian, Riding Across Slippery Creek Beds And Up Treacherous Mountains On Her Faithful Mule To Deliver Books And Other Reading Material To The Impoverished Hill People Of Eastern Kentucky.Along Her Dangerous Route, Cussy, Known To The Mountain Folk As Bluet, Confronts Those Suspicious Of Her Damselfly Blue Skin And The Government S New Book Program She Befriends Hardscrabble And Complex Fellow Kentuckians, And Is Fiercely Determined To Bring Comfort And Joy, Instill Literacy, And Give To Those Who Have Nothing, A Bookly Respite, A Fleeting Retreat To Faraway Lands The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creekis A Powerful Message About How The Written Word Affects People A Story Of Hope And Heartbreak, Raw Courage And Strength Splintered With Poverty And Oppression, And One Woman S Chances Beyond The Darkly Hollows Inspired By The True And Historical Blue Skinned People Of Kentucky And The Brave And Dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Service, The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek Showcases A Bold And Unique Tale Of The Pack Horse Librarians In Literary Novels A Story Of Fierce Strength And One Woman S Belief That Books Can Carry Us Anywhere Even Back Home

Kim Michele Richardson lives in Kentucky and resides part time in Western North Carolina She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, building houses, and is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence, partnering with the U.S Navy globally to bring awareness and education to the prevention of domestic violence She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable

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  • Paperback
  • 308 pages
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
  • Kim Michele Richardson
  • English
  • 09 July 2019
  • 9781492671527

10 thoughts on “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

  1. Jaline - (on partial hiatus) says:

    Update Today, May 07, 2019 is Happy Publication Date 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 people everywhere struggled for the basics of food and shelter during The Great Depression As part of President Roosevelt s New Deal, he set up education programs in isolated areas whereby books donated by a variety of service clubs and larger libraries could be delivered to families via horse, mule, canoe, or sometimes just walking The program initially hired single women with the idea of giving them gainful employment and so the Pack Horse Project came into being, and the brave and inspired women came to be known as Book Women.This beautifully written, warm, and touching novel is about one Book Woman who served her county in Kentucky near a small town center called Troublesome Creek for several years It is a fictional novel, yet is based on well researched historical facts.Cussy Mary Carter, sometimes called Bluet , and sometimes called Book Woman is, according to her father, the l...

  2. Angela M says:

    When I finished this book, I thought it was such a good story and I immediately gave it four stars, but then I thought about it as I was writing this I thought about what a meaningful story it is, what an amazing and strong character Cussy Mary Carter is, what a realistic depiction of time and place is presented here, about how much I learned from it, how touched I was, and the wonderful way that the author blends the story of the Blue People of Kentucky with the Pack Horse Library Project I shorty went back and gave it the five stars it deserves In the Appalachian hills of Kentucky in the 1930 s, the people are poverty stricken and hungry The Pack Horse Librarian Project is established as part of President Roosevelt s Works Progress Administration and we meet 19 year old Cussy Mary Carter, one of the Book Women, the librarians dedicated to bringing books and stories and knowledge to the people in the hills of Kentucky She also is known as Bluet, as she is one of the Blue People of Kentucky I found this story to be fascinating as I had never heard of the Blue People of Kentucky and I never knew about these trail blazing women, both literally and figuratively who delivered reading materials to their patrons in tough conditions.Cussy Mary s story angered me She s the victim of prejudice and racism and an early disastr...

  3. *Swaroop* says:

    The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man T.S Eliot The printed word that brought a hopeful world into their dreary lives and dark hollers A beautiful and fascinating read This book is a must read for everyone, who understands the value of books and human life.Inspired by true events and real people, set in Kentucky and in the year 1936, Kim Michele Richardson s The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is the amazing story of nineteen year old Cussy Bluet Mary Carter Cussy Mary is thought to be the last female of the blue mountainfolk Her love for books and as one who truly believes that reading books leads to a better community and world, Cussy Mary joins the Kentucky Pack Horse Library program These librarians used to travel by horse, mule, and sometimes by foot and boats to reach the remotest areas and homes in all types of weather conditions.This wonderful book is a true tribute to not just the brave, fearless and selfless Pack Horse Project Librarians, but to all the dedicated Librarians across the world and also to all those who understands the importance and enriching experience of reading books.Kim Michele describes vividly the life and times of the racially discriminated, shunned and shamed blue skinned people of Kentucky This book provides an understanding of the hardships and injustice faced by the local people working in the co...

  4. Diane S ☔ says:

    From the beginning I adored Cussy or Bluet as she is called by some A pack librarian in the Kentucky Appalachians, she delivers books to folks living in the hollers As part of FDRs work program, she rides her mule and delivers her books This is depression era, 1930 and people are struggling, making them look forward to the books, newspapers or magazines she brings Some cannot read, so she reads to them, some are just learning to read, and some just look st the picture She is in all ways wonderful She and her father consider themselves to be the last of the blue people of Kentucky, a genetic trait passed on, but they don t know this yet Their father and daughter relationship is a close one, and a joy to behold.They are considered colored, treated just as badly by some as the blacks Bigotry and discrimination is something she faces daily The author does a fantastic job showing us the past in this region, using regional dialect snd wonderful descriptions of the fauna, the hills, and the local characters She will go through many obstacles of personal matters, but her faith and love of the written word is a message she joyfully spreads.The book starts off rather slowly, and there are parts that are sentimental then I usually like Yet, her story, her character and the actual histor...

  5. Dorie - Traveling Sister :) says:

    This was an incredibly original story with a main character that I had so many feelings for I love when a book makes me go to the internet and research, blue people and book women , I had no idea that there was ever a project such as this These women really had to love books to hand deliver them to people in the high hills of Kentucky 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 Mary Carter s life was There was lots of hard work, little food, horrible living conditions and yet Bluet continued to love books She was incredibly creative in making scrapbooks for her clients so that there would be reading material for them She added anything she could to her stash of books including any magazines, recipes from local people, pamphlets on infant care and treatment, etc This is a heartbreaker of a novel but one that should not be missed I highly recommend it.I rece...

  6. Karen says:

    I enjoyed this story so much 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 from mining, and wanted her to have someone to care for her.Cussy didn t want that because she loved being The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky and she earned her own wages from doing that She was also so good hearted and tried to help the people on her route.Also, she and her Pa were blue people Lots of people nicknamed her Bluet, for that reason.I d never heard about these Blue People of Kentuck...

  7. Linda says:

    Troublesome Creekan almost misnomer of limited location to the backwoods of Kentucky Seems that Troublesome holds no boundaries and its edges of tainted water overflow onto humanity An attitude, a prejudice, an indescribable hate that still visits upon shores.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 s Pack Horse Library Project We meet Cussy Mary Carter who lives with her father in the cabin that he built for them years ago Pa heads out each day to work the mines which continue to take a heavy toll on his health and wellbeing His only wish is for Cussy to marry and be well taken care of after he s gone Cussy only wishes to continue in the work that she loves as the Book Woman greeted warmly by those living in the hills.And here is where Richardson layers her story with the reality of perceived difference Cussy and her father are the last of the Blue Kentuckians whose skin has taken on a genuine blue hue passed from generation to generation because of a recessive gene It s been documented by those in the medical field Because of her unusual s...

  8. Dem says:

    A compelling and story about adaptability, and courage, told With compassion and delicacy Kim Michele Richardson presents a little known chapter of American history that is inspired by the true blue skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library service of the 1930s 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 about if it was not for historical fiction and any book that educates its readers is a book of Value in my opinion 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.I enjoyed thi...

  9. Fran says:

    Cussy Mary Carter was arguably the last blue skinned person in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky The year, 1936 Living in a backwoods, one room log house, life was a struggle for the nineteen year old and her pa, a coal miner Pa lit a courting candle , intent upon making sure Cussy will knot Suitors would come and go wanting a surety that their progeny would not be blue Cussy, nicknamed Bluet , was subjected to taunts, prejudice and continuous ridicule due to her cobalt blue skin color Her rare condition called methemoglobinemia caused decreased oxygenation in the blood producing blue skin She was socially isolated, treated like an outcast.President Franklin Roosevelt s New Deal included educational programs with the aim of bringing books to a poverty stricken populace living in hollers and backwoods The Pack Horse Library was born Single women could apply to deliver books, newspapers and magazines by horse, mule, boat and on foot Cussy Mary aka Bluet knew that it was unlikely she would find a suitor I didn t have myself an escape until I d gotten the precious book route Bluet rode through dangerous passes, dark hollers,...

  10. Carol says:

    A 2019 Favorite

    Thanks to President Roosevelt s NEW DEAL and WPA Works Progress Administration program, horse and mule riding librarians took to the remote backroads, 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.because of his black lung illness from working the mines.

    So pa continues to set out the courting Mary s chagrin, but there ain t many takers even with a dowry of 5 and 10 acres bc Mary is one of the blue people.mistreated, misunderstood and kept at arm s length.

    Nicknamed Bluet, Mary loves her freedom and job delivering and reading her books.even teaches some of her patrons to read, those who do not fear her color.

    Mary is good people, generous and a fighter, and together with her old grey mule Junia delivers books, recipes, patterns and messages deep into the woods.even as she is being watched and hunted good creep factor

    This wonderful work of historical fiction is a page turner of a story, so interesting and informative, about the tough and dangerous job of the pack horse librarians and blue people of the Appalachians.

    Loved this one Highly Recommend

    Many thanks to SOURCEBOOKS La...

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