The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek



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 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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
  • 18 June 2017
  • 9781492671527

10 thoughts on “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

  1. 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 last of her kind Aside from all else, she is one of the rare people in the world who have congenital methemoglobinemia Cussy Mary had the characteristic blue skin which occurs due to less oxygen in the blood Thus, her nickname, Bluet She was named Cussy for the town in France where her maternal great grandfather lived before leaving for the United States.Her story is inspiring It is also heart rending Cussy Mary s dedication to her patrons on her pack horse route brings her into contact with many events, some frightening, and some very touching My heart went out to her many times during this book, and indeed, I felt such a strong bond with the people of this county in Kentucky and their children So many of them were starved for knowledge and the sense of pride that comes from discovering that knowledge through reading So many of them found hope in the stories of other people s challenges and how they managed to overcome them.This novel is very strong, and it is beautifully written The one weak spot for me was near the beginning when Cussy Mary and her father have heated discussions about her future over a period of time I understood the logic of both Cussy Mary and her father but I felt that their discussions could have been briefer as the long term consequences were redeemed many times in many ways in the rest of the novel.Aside from this minor weakness from my perspective , this novel soared, and I am definitely interested in reading of this writer s work I admit to both horror followed by tears of happiness and happy tears followed by horror over the time frame of this novel The ending was excellent, except for one thing by then I was so immersed in these people s lives, I wanted to stay there and learn of their stories.4.5 Stars With gratitude to Sourcebook Landmark and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this novel Its publication date is May 07, 2019.

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    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 disastrous arranged marriage that her father thought would provide care for her after he was gone, which he thought would not be far off, given the years he spent in the coal mines It s heartbreaking as she is subjected to medical tests and evaluation to protect her and her father and to get food for the starving children at the school and heartbreaking that she seeks a cure for her condition so she wouldn t be shunned and discriminated against Her story moved me as I saw the connections she makes with her patrons, especially the children in the schoolhouse, who are hungry for food as well as for stories She brings them than books She brings kindness and food when she can She brings them hope and in some cases life This is a story with a fantastic depiction of time and place, and people An example of historical fiction at its best reflecting the worst things in life such as the racism that existed then and sadly now as well and some of the best things, the kindness of people, the importance and value of the written word, the joy that Cussy Mary got out of seeing the joy she brought to them when she delivered a book Highly recommended I received an advanced copy of this book from Sourcebook Landmark through Edelweiss.

  3. says:

    Cussy is a pack horse librarian and she delivers books to people that live in the mountains of Kentucky She has blue skin The year is 1936 and the setting takes place in the Appalachian Mountains into the woods of Troublesome Creek Cussy is a nineteen year old and she is the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry She suffers from a hereditary condition called methemoglobinemia There is a lot of poverty in this town and it was so heartbreaking Their life is so tough The people there are so desperate for her books They can t wait for Cussy to show up with their books She lifts up their spirits with the pleasure of reading.I never knew that there were blue skinned people that use to live in the mountains of Kentucky I was astonished and had to Google about the blue skinned people in Kentucky and the pack horse librarians This book is based on historical fact The book started out with a slow burn in the beginning and then it picks up I really loved this book and loved the beautiful writing and I felt like I was there in the Appalachian Mountains There were some dark parts too which surprised me I loved the characters especially Cussy She was such a strong heroine and went out of her way to help others There was a lot of racism and prejudice in this book and I would get so mad how they were treated The ending was very dramatic This was a Traveling Friends read.I want to thank Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Landmark, and the author for the Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 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 received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

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    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 history related in this book, made those few qualms, inconsequential The authors note explains the genetics involved in their coloring, as well as an explanation of the historical references This is a book that shows, not tells and one feels as if they are traveling with Cussy on her personal and professional travels A very heartfelt story.ARC from Netgalley.

  6. says:

    Please check out our Q A with Kim Michele Richardson She shared some insight into her research and to her story with us We could feel her passion and love for her story Follow this link to see what she had to sayhttps www.goodreads.com group show My review Kim Michele Richardson brings us a unique, fascinating, impressive, unforgettable story here that explores a part of history in Kentucky that is not well known or forgotten She weaves some history along with fiction to create a vivid and strong sense of place and time here with the Blue People and the Pack Horse Library Project She creates a strong, dedicated, brave and memorable character Cussy Mary know as The Book Women or BluetCussy Mary is the last living blue people who works as a traveling librarian in 1930 Appalcahis She brings joy with books, medicine, messages and hope to people when times are heartbreaking tough She travels with her mule Junia who becomes a strong and interesting character and she really pops out of the pages I enjoyed the relationships that Cussy builts are she travels her route My heart went out to the people and I felt the power of words with each The story also explores the racial intolerance of a society who feel threatened by the things they don t understand The prejudice and racism stirred up some strong emotions for me and again I found myself yelling at the characters As upsetting as it was Cussy Mary has an engaging strong voice and through her it was easy to connect with her I felt for her and could see the person who she was under her blue skin I highly recommend.

  7. says:

    Fascinating, powerful, and moving THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by KIM MICHELE RICHARDSON is an interesting, heartfelt, beautiful, and informative story that is packed full of well researched historical content that I personally never knew about before Although this story depicts place, people, and time extremely well it had me curious to pop onto the internet numerous times to do a little bit of searching of my own I had no clue about the blue people of Kentucky and the Pack Horse Library Project KIM MICHELLE RICHARDSON delivers an original, bold, entertaining and well written read here that has us following right alongside Cussy Mary as she delivers much loved books to her patrons Cussy Mary, also known as Bluet and the Book Woman was such a caring, selfless, strong, and brave character Some of the scenes in this book were extremely hard to take and so hard to believe that people were treated the way they were for being a different colour Just about broke my heart The story in itself was extremely enlightening and comes with a powerful message but I would have enjoyed it a little bit if it had a different ending There was so much heartbreak that gave me a heavy heart and I needed an uplifting and happy ending to totally satisfy me Norma s Stats Cover Totally fascinated by the cover which definitely enticed me to pick up this book I absolutely love the beautiful old fashioned, country feel to the cover and it is such a meaningful and effective representation to storyline Title Enticing, intriguing, appealing, and such a meaningful representation to storyline.Writing Prose Well written, entertaining, and engaging Plot Engrossing, interesting, heartfelt, moving, powerful, thought provoking, fascinating, well researched, enlightening, steady paced, and entertaining.Ending A traumatic and dramatic end that left me a little bit spent and unsatisfied Although I do believe that it was a realistic and historically correct end though.Overall Even though I was a tiny bit disappointed in the end it was still an extremely worthwhile, entertaining, and unforgettable read Would recommend Review can also be found on Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

  8. 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, and forded creeks toting a pannier full of books carried by her trusty old mule, Junia Book Woman another moniker for Cussy Mary, delivered hope to children and adults starving for learning Children were as hungry for the stories in those books as they were for the food that always seemed sparse in this real land Book Woman was unaware of the positive impact she had on library patrons on her book route Her acts of kindness were in direct contrast to the reception she received at her once monthly visit to library headquarters She arrived in town wearing a big brimmed bonnet to escape the stares and pointed fingers of the townsfolk The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is a magnificent, well written work of historical fiction As a child, I remember my delight when the Book Bus visited my school We could examine the shelved books and choose two books from the lending library Dial back to the 1930 s Pack Horse Librarians like Cussy Mary were true pioneers addressing illiteracy Folks here are hungryfolks tell me the books ease their burdens Kudos to Kim Michele Richardson for a 5 star read I highly recommend.Thank you SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.

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    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 skin color, Cussy and those like her, are shunned and ridiculed by the town s people and denoted as colored They are not allowed to participate in town functions.We will come to find that Cussy s heart beats to a rhythm of compassion beneath the blueness of her skin Her relationships with the simple folk of the hills and her intense dedication to the needs of these people are at the core of this storyline The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek left me with the thought of how books come in all sizes, envelop weighty pages or parade out brevity, cover a multitude of differing genres, penned by individuals of various backgrounds, and are wrapped in intricate printed and artistically developed covers or in plain one hued ones Ancient, torn, shredded or newly published out of the boxand we embrace them all and clutch them to our chests And yet, humanity which is so far precious, is scrutinized, judged, and relegated to separate shelves for not fitting into the designated model Kim Michele Richardson has created quite the read here Indifference weaves its way in from the earliest of times and places and still takes root in hearts so hardened from generation to generation.There s plenty of room for all in this volume of life in which words should be written with the ink of supreme kindness.

  10. 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 Kentuckythey were considered colored people and were treated horribly just like the blacks I learned new things in history from this beautiful book, and myself, being the granddaughter of a West Virginia coal miner. extra interesting Thank you to Netgalley and to Sourcebooks Landmark for the ARC

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