The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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5.4 X 0.6 X 6.9 inches | 0.2 pounds

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About the Author
Kim Michele Richardson is the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, which the modern-day book lady Dolly Parton devoured and recommended, and The Book Woman's Daughter. Kim Michele writes about the brave historical Pack Horse librarians of Kentucky and especially loves writing about her beloved Kentucky, its history, traditions, and people. She believes books are powerful knowledge that can change lives and open wider windows to our world--and that libraries are neighborhood cornerstones where librarians play an important role in every society, providing vital safe havens and multifarious community treasures and lifelines for everyone. Kim Michele is a native-born Kentuckian and resides in Kentucky with her family.

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."


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"

This is Richardson's finest, as beautiful and honest as it is fierce and heart-wrenching.

-- "Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author"

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"

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"

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, #1 New York Times bestselling author"

Though Richardson's latest, is essentially about the power of reading and libraries, it also explores the extreme rural poverty of 1930s Appalachia and labor unrest among coal miners. Readers will respond to quiet Cussy's steel spine as she undergoes cruel medical tests to 'cure' her blueness, and book groups who like to explore lesser-known aspects of American history will be fascinated.

-- "Booklist"