...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.