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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Large Print / Library Binding)

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For the rest of my days I will hold dear the poignant and deeply moving scene from this book that captures how reading and books can touch the soul and connect us with others. I was humbled and moved to tears – of both grief and joy - as I rode with Cussy Mary and her mule through the hills and hollows of Appalachia to deliver books to the isolated people of Troublesome Creek. A courier in the Kentucky Library Project in the 1930s, Cussy struggled with the harsh terrain as well as her own unique challenges that come with being among the last of her blue-skinned kind. Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a profound and touching story that will stay with the reader long after finishing the final page.

— Belinda

May 2019 Indie Next List

“I loved this wonderful story about Cussy Mary, a pack horse librarian in eastern Kentucky in the 1930s and one of the last of the blue-skinned people of that area. As Cussy faces pressure to marry and difficulties maintaining her arduous book route through twisty and dangerous mountain passes, she earns the respect of the mountain people she serves so faithfully. Beautifully written and heartbreaking at times, this is a story I will never forget.”
— Mary Patterson, The Little Bookshop, Midlothian, VA


Inspired by Kentucky�s blue-skinned people and the Kentucky Pack Horse Library of the 1930s, this is a story of courage, strength, and a woman�s belief that books can carry us anywhere ? even back home.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432867119
ISBN-10: 1432867113
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: August 28th, 2019
Language: English