The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel / Kim Michele Richardson.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 1936. Tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. She joins Roosevelt's Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a traveling librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky. Along her route, Cussy faces doubters at every turn, but is determined to bring the joy of books to the hardscrabble Kentuckians. -- Adapted from back cover.
    • Notes:
      Includes reading group guide and a conversation with the author.
    • ISBN:
      9781492691631
      1492691631
      9781492671527
      1492671525
    • Accession Number:
      2018033574
    • Accession Number:
      on1096496465
      1096496465
    • Accession Number:
      fay.648479
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      RICHARDSON, K. M. The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel. [s.l.] : Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Richardson KM. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek : A Novel. Sourcebooks Landmark; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479. Accessed September 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Richardson, K. M. (2019). The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel. Sourcebooks Landmark. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Richardson, Kim Michele. 2019. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek : A Novel. Sourcebooks Landmark. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479.
    • Harvard:
      Richardson, K. M. (2019) The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel. Sourcebooks Landmark. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479 (Accessed: 16 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Richardson, KM 2019, The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel, Sourcebooks Landmark, viewed 16 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Richardson, Kim Michele. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek : A Novel. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Richardson, Kim Michele. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek : A Novel. Sourcebooks Landmark, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Richardson KM. The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel [Internet]. Sourcebooks Landmark; 2019 [cited 2019 Sep 16]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.648479

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1

Cussy Mary Carter knows no one will want to marry her with her blue skin, a rare hereditary condition sometimes found in the mountains of Kentucky. She prefers it that way, since a married woman cannot work for the WPA, and being a Pack Horse librarian is the one light in her lonely, hardscrabble life. But her coal-miner father wants Cussy to be taken care of, which leads to a disastrous, mercifully brief marriage. Now the Widow Frazier—though she prefers what her young patrons call her, the Book Woman—is free to deliver scant reading materials to the most remote hollows of Troublesome Creek. Though Richardson's latest (after The Sisters of Glass Ferry, 2017) is essentially about the power of reading and libraries, it also explores the extreme rural poverty of 1930s Appalachia and labor unrest among coal miners. Readers will respond to quiet Cussy's steel spine as she undergoes cruel medical tests to cure her blueness, and book groups who like to explore lesser-known aspects of American history will be fascinated. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 May

Richardson (Liar's Bench) takes readers to 1930s Troublesome Creek, KY, where Cussy Mary Carter works as a Kentucky Pack Horse Librarian. Under Roosevelt's WPA (Works Progress Administration), the Pack Horse Librarian initiative put unmarried women to work delivering books to remote locations in an effort to boost both literacy and female employment. Cussy Mary is not only a Pack Horse Librarian, she's a Blue. She's assumed to be the last of her kind—a group of blue-skinned folks regularly shunned, persecuted, and sometimes killed by white locals. Cussy Mary's work to spread literacy through the hills meets with her family's battles against poverty and racial animus, as a doctor sets out to "cure" her of her blue skin. Will turning Cussy Mary into a white woman solve her troubles? VERDICT Based on true stories from different times (the blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the WPA's Pack Horse Librarians), this novel packs a lot of hot topics into one narrative. Perfect for book clubs.—Julie Kane, Washington & Lee Lib., Lexington, VA

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 March #2

This gem of a historical from Richardson (The Sisters of Glass Ferry) features an indomitable heroine navigating a community steeped in racial intolerance. In 1936, 19-year-old Cussy Mary Carter works for the New Deal–funded Pack Horse Library Project, delivering reading material to the rural people of Kentucky. It's a way of honoring her dead mother, who loved books, and it almost makes her forget the fact that her skin is blue, a family trait that sets her apart from the white community. The personable and dedicated Cussy forges friendships through her job, including with handsome farmer Jackson Lovett, who becomes Cussy's love interest. Cussy's ailing coal miner father, Elijah, insists she marry, but the elderly husband he finds for her, Charlie Frazier, dies on their wedding night. Pastor Vester Frazier, a vengeful relative, blames Cussy for Charlie's death and starts stalking her. The local doctor steps in to help, and Cussy repays Doc by letting him perform medical tests on her to learn the cause of her blue skin. A potential cure for Cussy's blue skin and a surprise marriage proposal set in motion a final quarrel among the townspeople over segregation laws that threatens Cussy's chance at happiness. Though the ending is abrupt and some historical information feels clumsily inserted, readers will adore the memorable Cussy and appreciate Richardson's fine rendering of rural Kentucky life. Agent: Stacy Testa, Writers House. (May)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.