The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Michele Richardson

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

By Kim Michele Richardson

  • Release Date: 2019-05-07
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 652 Ratings


"…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


  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

    By Readingbythesea
    Touching historical story, one of the best stories I have read in a long time.
  • A history lesson that is still relevant today

    By Cars2345
    A very easy read that is rich in Kentucky history. It also demonstrates the strength and generosity of women. A more sobering lesson is the treatment of others, the ones who are different from us.
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

    By Woodland3
    A truly touching story about early traveling librarians in the Kentucky hills. It was interesting to read about the genetic disorder, that left some males and females with blue skin. It was heartbreaking to read about children & adults suffering from such extreme poverty as well as the racial stereotyping that existed. A wonderful story that will remain with you.