We had a wonderful discussion around a fascinating book by Kim Michele Richardson called "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek". This historical fiction novel follows a young woman, Cussy Mary, during the depression era in 1930s' Kentucky. Cussy Mary is is afflicted with an blood disorder which makes her skin blue. This congenital condition was diagnosed in a group of people who immigrated from Europe to the Appalachia region. The “Blues” as these people were called, are discriminated against similar to any non-White person from that period of time. Cussy Mary is a traveling librarian, or Book Woman, who travels to remote areas delivering reading materials to people who did not have access to books.
The book was a fascinating look at the challenges of life in that time in history. Many people led very difficult lives and often did not have enough food or medical care. Despite the brutal nature of life, Cussy Mary found great joy in sharing her passion for learning and reading with her patrons. In turn, her patrons were able to share in the joy.