The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 2:54pm -- JGranatino

In this novel, Moyes delivers a fictionalized version of a little known initiative in American history: the WPA’s Pack Horse Library Project. From 1934-1943, “book ladies” traveled on horseback and mules, promoting literacy by teaching reading and lending books, magazines, and scrapbooks to residents of the remote and almost inaccessible regions of Kentucky’s coal country. Her endearing cast of characters face the challenges of the rugged life in Depression-era Appalachia, and the packhorse librarians must navigate the added obstacles of their non-traditional and sometimes dangerous occupation. Moyes’ characters are, as always, memorable and this long-forgotten episode of American history is fascinating.

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