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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Paperback)

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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



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. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere--even back home.

Fans of historical fiction will fall in love with this bestselling novel's: Strong research and vivid depictions of AppalachiaInspiration from the real blue-skinned people of KentuckyCharacters who are both relatable and fascinatingEmphasis on the importance of books (perfect for books clubs or as a gift for the librarian in your life)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492671527
ISBN-10: 1492671525
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English