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Kim Michele Richardson

Biography

Kim Michele Richardson

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kim Michele Richardson has written four works of historical fiction, and a bestselling memoir, THE UNBREAKBALE CHILD. Her latest multi-award-winning novel, THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and has earned a 2019 LibraryReads Best Book award, Forbes Best Historical Novel, Book-A-Million Best Fiction, and is an Oprah's Buzziest Books pick and a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. It was inspired by the real life "blue people" of Kentucky, and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librarians who used the power of literacy to overcome bigotry and fear during the Great Depression. Kim Michele lives with her family in Kentucky and is the founder of Shy Rabbit.

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Books by Kim Michele Richardson

by Kim Michele Richardson - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything --- everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome has its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, however; she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

by Kim Michele Richardson - Coming of Age, Family Life, Fiction

RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more. Atmospheric, poignant and searingly honest, GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted.