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Author: Kim Michele Richardson Narrator: Katie Schorr Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538522035

Publisher Description

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.

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  • “Richardson’s latest work is 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, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This is Richardson’s finest, as beautiful and honest as it is fierce and heart-wrenching.”

    - Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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 bestselling author
  • “A fascinating novel about people almost forgotten by history…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, New York Times bestselling author
  • “This gem of a historical from Richardson features an indomitable heroine navigating a community steeped in racial intolerance…Readers will adore the memorable Cussy and appreciate Richardson’s fine rendering of rural Kentucky life.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “With a focus on the personal joy and broadened horizons that can result from access to reading material, this well-researched tale serves as a solid history lesson on 1930s Kentucky. A unique story about Appalachia and the healing power of the written word.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “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, author of Queen of the Night

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    " This book rates in my top 10 absolute favorites. I love the protagonist. The author develops her slowly and carefully and you just fall in love with her. I researched the "blue people" of the Appalachian region and was so surprised to find that these dear folks actually existed. As a nurse I found the medical condition extremely interesting. "

    - Lark Rials, 10/22/2022

About the Author

Kim Michele Richardson is the author of several novels and the memoir The Unbreakable Child. She is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

About the Narrator

Katie Schorr is an actor and writer in New York. Her one-woman show, Take Me. Seriously, ran for six months at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and she performs throughout New York in new works at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among other theaters. She has appeared on VH1’s Best Week Ever and costars in the web series Head in the Oven with Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader. Her audiobook credits include narrating the novels in Alyson Noel’s bestselling Immortals series. Of her work on the series, AudioFile magazine has said, “Narrator Katie Schorr has a wonderfully raspy, youthful voice, which she puts to good effect on the cast of teenage characters.”