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: 9780399562501
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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harpreads Jul 09, 2020

I was a big fan of the Me Before You series she wrote and I enjoyed going to see her speak so I gave this one a try. The subject of the book was enough to hook me right from the start. It is a story about a group of horseback librarians in rural Kentucky during the end of the Great Depression. The main character, Alice, is a British expat who married a man from Kentucky. Her experiences as a horseback librarian and friendships with the women she works with help transform her life. Strong women, the power of friendship, love of books, and happy endings are some of the main themes covered. It is a feel-good story I recommend!

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Suereads_2
Jul 05, 2020

Enjoyed this book immensely! The description of the small town life of Baileyville, Kentucky and the surrounding hills which the packhorse librarians traversed was well done. I felt at times I could 'see' the terrain in her writing. The storyline of the unexpected bond of women was a refreshing change, and carried my interest through to the end.

JCLKelseyR Jun 22, 2020

This was a fantastic story! Well written. Centered around brave women pioneering a Packhorse Library in the mountains of Kentucky. Old and new fans of Jojo Moyes will approve.

0Charlie Jun 18, 2020

This is a fictional work about Eleanor Roosevelt's program for traveling libraries in small-town Kentucky in the late 1930's. A team of women (the Packhorse Librarians) use horses and mules to carry books to isolated mountain dwellers, hoping to bring reading, knowledge and literature to a wider audience. It is a fascinating study of the changing roles of women at that time, in that location, and reflecting on how much or little things have changed. As a crafty person, I appreciated how they re-cycled a lot of the items that were too worn to be lent out, by gathering similar articles etc. together into newly bound "scrapbooks" of recipes, cooking tips, farming advice, child-rearing, beginning readers, that could again be circulated. Well worth the read.

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peacebenow
Jun 17, 2020

A story about an English girl who marries a Kentucky man, Bennett. Alice's family seems to think she is quirky and so does her new married family. However she finds her groove in delivering books to isolated families in the Kentucky mountains and develops close friendships. Margery one friend is very strong spirited and runs into trouble. Margery's library friends stand by her a!nd the story develops... Captivating, fun read based on true library history!

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Suellen1111
Jun 06, 2020

I loved this book. Well written, a great storyline, beautiful characterizations, a tender love interest. Wonderful, beginning to end.

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cbailey001
Apr 30, 2020

Good read about women in Kentucky who bring books to the rural population in a time when women were supposed to be obediant and well behaved. Interesting and engaging characters. A bit unbelievable at the end (but I would have hated a more truthful ending). Fun and uplifting based lightly on historical fact.

ArapahoeChristine Apr 22, 2020

Get in line for this book! You'll laugh, you'll cry and you just might relate to a character or two!

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Bookworm1136
Apr 05, 2020

4 1/2-5 star read. JoJo Moyes writes great novels and this is one of her best. It's a departure from her previous books but was a really interesting book. Alice is an English girl who married a wealthy American in a whirlwind romance. Taken to rural Kentucky where her father-in-law owns a mine, she is lost and despairing as her husband rejects her and her father-in-law makes her life unbearable. She decides to join the women of the packhorse library and finds some meaning in her life. When something terrible happens, she leaves her home and husband and moves in with a friend from the library. Her father-in-law becomes vengeful. The book is not only informative about a piece of history but also what it was like for women in rural areas like the mountains of Kentucky and how brutal their life was. But it introduces us to some really wonderful women who I enjoyed getting to know as I read this book. Another wonderful Moyes book.

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squirrelee
Apr 02, 2020

Five stars all the way! I absolutely loved this book and all the characters!! So good, I didn't want it to end.

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wwolf
Feb 14, 2020

"Look outwards, Alice," Margery would say, her voice carrying on the breeze. "Not much point worrying what the town thinks about you--nothing you can do about that anyway. But when you look outwards, why, there's a whole world of beautiful things."

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