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Richardson spent her first decade in a rural Kentucky orphanage, the Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Asylum for Orphans. In year 2004, she and her sisters, along with 40 other plaintiffs who had lived in the facility run by the Order of the Sisters of Charity and the Roman Catholic Church, sued for damages resulting from alleged years of abuse by their caregivers among they emerged in the 1930s and 1970s. According to the lawsuit, the children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused by a priest, 15 nuns and several others.
Don Then of the NKy Tribune wrote, “The bravery displayed by Richardson and other orphans is evident in The Unbreakable Child.” Richardson recounted her experiences at the orphanage in the 1960s and 1970s into her memoir The Unbreakable Child.
In 2019, Richardson donated her author’s retainer to build Shy Rabbit, a writers’ retreat in Kentucky. Richardson awards grants to low-income writers looking for a quiet, contemplative place to work.
Richardson’s 2019 novel The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a fictionalized account of real-life trouble in eastern Kentucky history: Cussy Mary is one of the cargo librarians who shipped books to remote areas of Appalachia during the Great Depression, and a “Blue” – the last of a line of blue-skinned people whose skin has an unusual hue due to a rare genetic disorder. It remained on the New York Times bestseller list for the 14 weeks.
A few months after her publication, author Jojo Moyes published her own historical novel on the Pack Horse Library Project, The Giver of Stars. Readers noted significant similarities between the two stories, with Richardson stating that “the disturbing similarities found in Moyes’ book are too many, too specific, and rather puzzling.” Richardson reported her suspicions to her publisher, Sourcebooks Landmark, who decided not to take any further action.
|The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek
|Kim Michele Richardson
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The people of Troublesome Creek’s Hardscrabble have to throw away everything, everything but books, of course. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome has its own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.
Cussy isn’t just a book lady though, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin as blue as most. Not everyone is interested in Cussy’s family or the library project, and a blue one is often blamed for every hint of trouble.
If Cussy is to bring the joy of books to the mountain folk, she must confront prejudice as old as Appalachia and suspicion as deep as the roar.
Inspired by the authentic blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and committed Kentucky Bookhorse Library Service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is the story of sheer courage, savage strength, and the belief of a woman that books can take us anywhere, even home.
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is doubly enjoyable to read because this historical novel tells two stories at once. Richardson cleverly combines a story about Kentucky’s famous Blue People with a story about the New Deal’s Pack Horse Library Program.
Although I said “famous” blue people, I must admit that I had never heard of them before this book. Due to a rare genetic trait that caused an enzyme deficiency, a group of people living in the remote mountains of eastern Kentucky had blue skin. They were treated as outcasts. Along with African-Americans, they were considered “people of color” in the parlance of the day, and thus were discriminated against at social events, bathrooms, and marriages.
Richardson’s book introduces readers to the eponymous character of Cussy Mary Carter, a fiercely devoted member of the Pack Horse Librarians who is also blue. At the age of 19, her father, a widower and miner, sees her as a poor marriage prospect, and discovers that her days are numbered due to her lung disease. He marries Cussy against her will, but it doesn’t end well. (I’ll let readers find out for themselves why.)
Cussy’s nickname is “Bluet”, which she tolerates but dismisses as an unsubtle reference to her skin tone. Ella but she proudly becomes known as the “woman of the books” among grateful subscribers on her treacherous route, which she travels on her mule Junia. The Pack Horse Library program provided books and magazines to those most in need living in the foothills and roars of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the packhorse librarians were single women. They received a small salary and helped spread literacy and a love of the written word among people in an area where reading was not common.
What I loved most about this book was how the anticipation of the books’ arrival helped a lot of people see behind Cussy’s toned skin. The fact that her visits were welcomed (even by people who were initially reluctant) greatly increased Cussy’s self-esteem and gave her life meaning. Alongside the captivating story, there are amazing characters to love (or maybe hate) supporting or fighting Cussy and her dad.
I thoroughly enjoyed this history lesson boo wrapped up in a form of novel!
This book is about beloved Cussy Mary Carter, also known as “Bluet,” who was residing in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky in 1936 during the Great Depression. The author begins the book by introducing us to nineteen-year-old Cussy, who begs her father, Mr. Elijah Carter, to remain as one of the Pack Horse librarians. Cussy got the job last summer after picking up her application at the post office and sending it directly to the manager of Pack Horse Libraries in Frankfurt. Her job paid her $28 a month. As a miner, Elijah contracted a terrible cough and lung disease along with many of his co-workers.
He fears his years are coming to an end, and now that Cussy’s mother is gone, he wants to make sure her only daughter is married and taken care of before she dies. There’s just one problem… Cussy is blue, a true blue person. She and her father have a genetic disorder called methemoglobinemia. In this condition, the level of methemoglobin in her blood is elevated, making her less oxygenated and causing “cyanosis,” blue-colored skin, due to chocolate-colored blood. Because of this, she is considered “colored” and undesirable in various parts of the city, e.g. B. in public places like church.
They insult her, look at her badly and treat her as if she had a disease. The creepy creek residents are afraid to get close to her or any other “blues” and fear they will get sick if they touch her skin. So it’s hard, to say the least, to find a suitor, someone who accepts her for who she is. Also, Cussy doesn’t want to get married. Getting married means she loses her job as a packhorse librarian because you have to be single to get the job.
The Pack Horse Librarians were a group of more than a thousand women (and a handful of men) who delivered books to more than 600,000 residents of Eastern Kentucky. They traveled by any means necessary (horse, mule, boat, on foot) over incredibly rugged terrain to the most remote regions, sometimes hundreds of miles a week in treacherous weather conditions, to ensure their clients had their weekly reading. Cussy and her beloved mule Junia face many obstacles.
Oh how I LOVE Junia! One day, the incredibly intuitive Junia stops on her route and sees a rattlesnake on the road. Junia teaches us a lot in this story. She may just be a “mule” but she is a beast who has been through a lot of heartbreak and is incredibly devoted to Cussy in every way. She is Cussy’s best friend and one of the few she has with her. This book will remind you of your pet’s loyalty and the love our furry friends have for us.
Another theme that occupies a central place in this gem of a book is poverty. Based on the Great Depression, there are several characters who don’t have the privilege of eating every day. Along Cussy’s journey, we meet and fall in love with some of these characters. They are completely oblivious to the fact that Cussy is “blue”.
You see her for who she is, a different person who brings joy to her life by bringing books; Information from all over the world, new information that will help you escape from everyday life, that will help you forget, perhaps for a few moments, the hunger that grips your stomach.
The hunger of not eating for days. One of those popular characters is Henry, a school boy in Cussy’s way. Cussy falls in love with Henry. We see how grateful Henry is to Cussy when he gives him her prized possession, a pineapple life preserver. Henry hasn’t eaten in days, but he’s so appreciative of the work he’s doing for “the book lady” that he gives her the only thing he has to eat.
This historical work of fiction does not disappoint. I had no idea “blue people” existed. Kim Richardson did a lot of research and provided the reader with an incredible amount of history. I am in awe of that history and grateful for how much American history I have learned that I never knew. You will fall in love with the characters in this book. they will stay with you. I will always be honored and grateful for the multitude of books that I have access to.
In fact, these people were grateful for the same reading material delivered over and over again when there was nothing new to read. Man, we take things for granted! If you have a bad day after reading this book, think of Cussy Mary Carter, Henry or Henry’s mother, or the countless people who went out every day not knowing when or if they would get another meal. It can always get worse!
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