The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel

Narrated by:
Katie Schorr

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2019
9 hours 26 minutes




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.
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Meredith M.

An absolute must read!! True depiction of the condition of methemoglobiemia and the social ramifications of the condition.

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Lisa S.

Loved this book and loved Cussie’s sweet heart in helping her neighbors. And I loved the narrator’s accent - it was perfect!

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Leslie P.

One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to!

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Linda B.

Loved this book, the character development and true kindhearted nature of Cussie Mary and her Pa. Sad that discrimination existed over so many things back then and still today. But books will open a kind heart

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Karen Y.

Great book. Awesome narration!

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Rhonda K.

Interesting but predictable

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Latoya L.

So, I read this book out of order. I read The Book Woman's Daughter and love it. Afterward was when I found out it was a sequel to The Women of Troublesome Creek, so I was ready to find out more about the characters. I was disappointed. It wasn't as good as the Book Woman's Daughter. I mean, I found out where Honey came from, but not so much why her parents got in trouble. The history of the Blue- Skinned people of Kentucky was breezed by, and they addressed the Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky. Which made me wonder if it still exists. Cussy, aka Bluet, the protagonist, is a force to be reckon with. Her work helped the impoverished hill people read. She even read to the ones who were illiterate. This book brings light to being rich, but not how many pictures it. Even though the hill people didn't have money or proper education, they were rich in family, love, traditions, and culture. I would love to see a follow up on The Book Woman's Daughter. #Book13of2023 #BookWorm #Whatsnext

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Gina M.

A tired theme prejudice but still relevant and sad. Interesting to learn about the Blue People. Narrator was excellent.

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Cheryl Mills

great read and thought provoking

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Great story and wonderfully read.

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Edie S.

I enjoyed this books so much! A friend recommended Giver is the Stars, but when I researched it, I read about the controversy and chose this one. I learned a lot too!

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Jennifer Shuttlesworth

I loved the story!! And the narrator was excellent! I learned so much!

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Jenna C.

Interesting and a different read. I learned a lot from this story.

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