November Selection: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Kentucky Pack Horse program was implemented in 1935 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to creat women's work programs, to assist economic recovery and to build literacy. This book is centered around this period of time.
In 1936, tucked into the woods of Troublesome Creek, Kentucky, lives blue-skinned, 19 year old Cussy Carter. She believes she is the last of the living females of the rare Ble People ancestry. The lonely young woman joins the historical Pack Norse 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. Amoung these mountain folk, Cussy was known as Bluet. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, to instill literacy, and to give to those who have nothing.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek gives us a powerful message about how the written word affects people no matter their circumstance. It is a bold and unique tale of the Pack Horse Librarians, yet it is a story of fierce strength and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere-even back home.
We will meet and discuss the book on Nov.18th, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. You don't want to miss out! Plan on attending!!!
This book is now available for pickup at the library in regular print, large print, and audio book format. It is also available on the Ohio Digital Library as an ebook and an audio book!
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