common threads SOLC20 #16

My book club read and discussed The Giver of Stars, by JoJo Moyes, this month. It is a wonderful romantic story that features the Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Against all odds, they brought literacy and friendship to the hills and hollers of Appalachia. Learn more about this book here.

Next month we are reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. We intentionally chose to read these two books on the same topic back-to-back, for comparison and contrast.  This next one also adds the drama of the blue-skinned people of Kentucky to the trials of the Pack Horse Librarians. You can see a trailer of this book here.

I’ve read them both, and enjoyed each one.  I do have a favorite, but I’ll let you decide your own choice for yourself.

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and many book club friends agreed. It is so rewarding to read a good story and learn history at the same time.

Most members said they knew nothing of the Pack Horse Librarians.  I didn’t speak up and say, “Oh, I’d heard of them a while back,” because I honestly couldn’t remember how I knew.  Then one day I had this mental picture:

And sure enough, I found it on my shelf. You can watch the story here (with Amazon Prime).

Don’t you just love how picture books have so much to tell?


6 thoughts on “common threads SOLC20 #16

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    I, too, enjoyed both of these books, and I have a favorite both for the quality of the writing and the drama of the story. Historical fiction is my go-to genre. I just downloaded Hilary Mantel’s third (and final, I think) book about Cromwell, The Mirror and the Light.

  2. Brian Rozinsky says:

    As your slice shows… Story + History = Powerful Combination

  3. Yes I like historical fiction too, but I found the Giver of Stars heavy going and I still haven’t finished it or read the other one. But I remember the story from the illustration above. How interesting!

  4. mrsday75 says:

    OK. I’ve added this to my list of books to read. Going to give a try!

  5. […] The other day I posted about a historical fiction children’s book, That Book Woman. […]

  6. […] was moved by The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson and was able to write about the connections it brought to mind. So I am excited that it will be the book we discuss at our book club this […]

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