Sisterhood Book Club on Zoom
Tuesday, August 18 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Temple Beth El of Huntington
660 Park Avenue
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
The Book Women of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
The Sisterhood Book Club invites you for a lively discussion of two very similar reads. Both books are historical fiction about the Packhorse Librarians, a real-life group of women who, in the 1930’s, delivered library books in rural Kentucky to promote literacy. Both novels, published a few months apart, share some noticeable similarities. Author Kim Michele Richardson has raised concerns; Jojo Moyes denies having knowledge of or read Richardson’s book. What do YOU think?
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.
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The young woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding her mule across creek beds and up mountains to deliver books to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.