There is renewed interest in a little known group of women who, during the Great Depression, became known as the Horseback Librarians. These woman delivered books, pamphlets, comics, magazines, and newspapers to the folks of rural Kentucky. Riding horses and mules, they trekked countless miles through treacherous terrian to deliver materials to folks who lived in isolated areas. Created by Eleanor Roosevelt, this program brought books to those who had no other opportunities for learning and literacy. Two recent novels, by authors Kim Michele Richardson and Jojo Moyes, tell the tales of women who saddled up, gathered their courage, and changed the lives of impovershed people in their communities. I've read both, and highly recommend them. While both novels are about the horseback librarians, the stories are very different. You won't be disappointed!
The Metro Library Network has both titles available in multiple formats: hardcover, audio, large print, and ebook.
Check out our catalog for more information. --Sue, Collection Strategies Manager, Marion Public Library
"1936. Tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. She joins Roosevelt's Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a traveling librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky. Along her route, Cussy faces doubters at every turn, but is determined to bring the joy of books to the hardscrabble Kentuckians. "-Publisher
"Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond"-Publisher