Karen always reads all the best books – here’s one that I may have to add to my list this summer too. And, bonus – if you’re doing the Read Across America year-long reading challenge, you can check Kentucky off your list!
I love to read historical fiction, and historical fiction that involves a horse (well, actually it’s a mule) and library books, plus it’s set in Kentucky (for those doing the state contest), really made my list. With the hot and humid weather outside, it was easy to stay in and read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek in just a couple days. “Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, [this book] is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere-even back home.” The author’s notes at the end of the book were just as interesting to read, as she discusses both the blue-skinned people suffering from methemoglobinemia, a rare congenital disease, and the Pack Horse librarians, known as “book women”. She states that “in the years of service, more than one thousand women served in the Pack Horse Library Project, and it was reported that nearly 600,000 residents in thirty eastern Kentucky counties considered “pauper counties” were served by them.” It thrills me that I can find a book that shares an important part of history that I knew nothing about, and about subjects that I love, horsewomen and books!