Kim Michele Richardson

Kim Michele Richardson is a bestselling author who lives in Kentucky. She is an advocate for the prevention of child and domestic abuse and the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child. She is also a book critic for the New York Journal of Books and the founder of Shy Rabbit, a writer’s residency scholarship. Her novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, and The Sisters of Glass Ferry. Kim Michele’s latest bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, is inspired by the historic blue people of Kentucky and the fierce and brave Kentucky packhorse librarians.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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.