July Book Club Selection: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Novel Neighbor Book Club meets on the second Monday of every month at 7pm – and everyone is welcome! This month’s title is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.
“…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.
*The Novel Neighbor Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7pm. All are welcome!!
June – Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen
May – Washington Black by Esi Eduygan
April – The Lovely War by Julie Berry
March – Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn
February – The Power by Naomi Alderman
January – Heresy by Melissa Lenhardt
December – Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony