“Grinning , he approached Junia and stood a few feet back from the hee-hawing mu…

“Grinning , he approached Junia and stood a few feet back from the hee-hawing mule until he spied me in the window and held up the apple, a question in his eyes.” ❤️

I really enjoyed this book about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky as well as the blue people of Kentucky, who I had never heard of before reading this book. This is a wonderful historical fiction novel, bringing to life the story of one blue skinned woman and through her story, tackling several issues. It talks about prejudice towards people of color (both blue and Black), the hardships of mining, feelings towards hand outs and poverty/hunger. There were so many layers and clearly a lot of research was done for this book and it showed in the storytelling. I know there have been allegations of plagiarism with The Giver of Stars and while there may be some uncanny similarities that have been pointed out, the two stories felt different to me and unique in its scope. I felt this book really focused more on the blue skinned people while the other book focused more on a general packhorse librarian story. I enjoyed reading both to get a more complete picture of what life as a packhorse librarian might have been like. Really enjoyed discussing this with the !Hosts tagged in pic! 💙



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