The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

eBook - 2019
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9781984879394
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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"I can’t think of a better book to read during the month of giving than “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes. For years I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling and y’all already know how much I love historical fiction! Set in Kentucky during the 1930’s, the story foll... Read More »

Oct. 8, 2019

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Jan 07, 2020

I delivered library books to housebound readers for several years, not on horseback of course, but I just loved the concept of the different stories related by the borrowers and librarians. One of the nicest books I've read for a long time and I had no idea about these horse riding librarians before, well done JoJo.

Jan 05, 2020

I was drawn to the book because I have always loved and been grateful for libraries. I had not known about these women and so it was a learning experience. Otherwise I agree with 2greyts, not much substance with way to many 'connects' that really did not. To be sure the women's support of each other was worthy of praise. As for the rest, if you enjoy romance novels you may find value in reading it.

Jan 04, 2020

Lynn W

Jan 03, 2020

This is the 3rd novel I’ve read featuring the packhorse librarians in Kentucky. Since I love books and horses they keep calling to me. I liked the 4 librarians and the friendship they developed even though they were all so different from each other. There has been some buzz that Moyes plagiarized The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I don’t know if that’s true. I will say that Book Woman is better written and has more depth to it, but I enjoyed both books.

Dec 30, 2019

Based on the WPA project in Kentucky of librarians on mule bring books to the "hollars" of Apalachia. I loved this story.

Dec 19, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable read especially for women. Good characters. But the ending was too much like a romance novel. Still recommended.

Dec 14, 2019

This was my first time reading Jojo and I fully enjoyed her capability as a Storyteller. I was unfamiliar with the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the 1930's and this novel gave me an opportunity to Learn something new, as well as be Inspired by the unflinching resolve, tenacity, and love of books the original Packhorse Librarians possessed. The portrayal of the varied and well-developed characters in this story allowed me to be fully engrossed in this memorable tale. And although the plot wasn't overly complex, the Author still managed to keep me beguiled till the last page by illustrating the camaraderie and bonhomie that books and libraries contribute to people and communities no matter how disparate they may be.

Dec 11, 2019

Four firefly stars for this new novel giving us the opportunity to learn more about the WPA Packhorse Library women and their impact on the hollers of Kentucky. As with "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek," you are immersed into that time period and see how hard those librarians worked to serve their customers. It is impossible to read this title without comparing it to Book Woman. Although Jojo Moyes is a higher profile author than Kim Michele Richardson, I would recommend reading Book Woman if you only want to read one book about the subject. Richardson develops the details of the route more clearly since she is telling her story from one POV. Both books include mining as a subplot and both address prejudice. All in all, they are both excellent additions to the historical fiction genre and tell a story that needs to be told.

Dec 07, 2019

I really liked this book. The women all had their own stories, yet shared the library as their main focus. It was a believable portrayal of Kentucky at this Time in our history. Highly recommend this wonderful read.

PimaLib_SueJ Dec 04, 2019

I did not want this book to end. Jojo Moyes enticed me to learn more about the WPA (Works Progress Administration), Packhorse Library. I can't imagine riding in the Appalachian Mountains by myself delivering books to the outskirts of town. I listened to the audio book and thoroughly enjoyed the different accents narrated by Julia Whelan. if you would like more information, check out this link.

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