What We Are Reading
Title:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Published: May 7, 2019
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
Genres: Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Mary Carter is 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 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.
Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, is determined to bring comfort to her patrons, often giving what little she has to help them survive. Bluet helps the locals discover that books can take them anywhere, and teaches them to believe that change can happen.
Along her dangerous route, Bluet confronts many who are distrustful of her blue skin. Not everyone is so keen on Bluet’s family or the Library Project, and the impoverished Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. She must overcome many obstacles in order to survive in the dangerous mountains and learn that love can conquer even in the most difficult of times.
Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek provides an authentic Appalachian voice to a story of hope, heartbreak and raw courage and shows one woman’s strength, despite it all, to push beyond the dark woods of Troublesome Creek.
Checkout The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek at your Hillsboro Library!