Note: Postponed to Oct 21. The Fairfax Library Book Discussion Group will meet virtually on Zoom Thursday, October 21 at 7pm to discuss our October selection, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.
I hope you’ll join us online. We’ve had some great discussions and it’ll be great to see you!
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Cussy Mary Carter knows no one will want to marry her with her blue skin, a rare hereditary condition sometimes found in the mountains of Kentucky. She prefers it that way, since a married woman cannot work for the WPA, and being a Pack Horse librarian is the one light in her lonely, hardscrabble life. But her coal-miner father wants Cussy to be taken care of, which leads to a disastrous, mercifully brief marriage. Now the Widow Frazier, though she prefers what her young patrons call her, the Book Woman, is free to deliver scant reading materials to the most remote hollows of Troublesome Creek. 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)
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