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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

(2019)
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"...a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and - just as importantly - a compassionate human connection." - Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

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.

Additional Praise for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek:

"A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word." - Kirkus

"A timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history." - Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

"Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books." - Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Almost Sisters







Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"This is Richardson's finest, as beautiful and honest as it is fierce and heart-wrenching, THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK explores the fascinating and unique blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave Packhorse librarians. A timeless and significant tale about poverty, intolerance and how books can bring hope and light to even the darkest pocket of history." - Karen Abbott

"A rare literary adventure that casts librarians as heroes, smart tough women on horseback in rough terrain doing the brave and hard work of getting the right book into the right hands. Richardson has weaved an inspiring tale about the power of literature." - Alexander Chee

"An unputdownable work that holds real cultural significance." - Sara Gruen

"Emotionally resonant and unforgettable, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a lush love letter to the redemptive power of books. It is by far my favorite KMR book-and I am her huge fan. Cussy Mary is an indomitable and valiant heroine, and through her true-blue eyes, 1930s Kentucky comes to vivid and often harrowing life. Richardson's dialogue is note-perfect; Cussy Mary's voice is still ringing in my head, and the sometimes dark story she tells highlights such gorgeous, glowing grace notes that I was often moved to hopeful tears." - Joshilyn Jackson

"Kim Michele Richardson has written a fascinating novel about people almost forgotten by history: Kentucky's pack-horse librarians and "blue people." The factual information alone would make this book a treasure, but with her impressive storytelling and empathy, Richardson gives us so much more." - Ron Rash


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August 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
ISBN: 1-4328-6711-3 / 978-1-4328-6711-9 (USA edition)
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May 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : Canada Paperback

Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
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May 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
ISBN: 1-5385-2198-9 / 978-1-5385-2198-4 (USA edition)
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May 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: Library Edition
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ISBN: 1-5385-2197-0 / 978-1-5385-2197-7 (USA edition)
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
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May 2019 : USA, Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
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Title: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson
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