The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

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Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leaves behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky. When a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new travelling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, Margery, and Alice will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to these women - and to the men they love - becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity, and passion.
Publisher: [New York] : Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780399562488
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,25 cm.

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darladoodles
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.

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tina43
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. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/

LoganLib_Phoebe Nov 18, 2019

A good read, but I would recommend The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek over this one for the historical detail (a whole section at the back as opposed to two sentences) and transforming power of books; this is much more focused on the romantic and emotional lives of the librarians.

ArapahoeKati Nov 18, 2019

I wanted so much to love this and in the end, I just liked it. It held my interest (rural America! Libraries! Drama! Friendship!) but it’s one book that I wouldn’t reread.

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Einer2
Nov 17, 2019

Jojo Moyes and a great history lesson in one!

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Stressed01
Nov 09, 2019

I LOVED this book and did not want it to end. Sometimes historical books can be tricky, but this had me hooked from the 1st chapter. Easy to read, topical with issues still prevalent nearly 100 years later for women, it was one of the most satisfying books i have read in ages.
A sequel would be welcome!

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JEbbett
Nov 07, 2019

Loved it! Very different type story for the author who generally has a lot of sarcastic humor in her characters. This was far more serious but very well written and kept me up late every night as I couldn't put it down.

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midori_hon
Nov 04, 2019

i was sceptical, moyes was going to segue from a clinic in switzerland (the last book i read/enjoyed) to a setting in rural kentucky during the great depression? my fears were unfounded, and thoughts of paris soon left my head. this story reminded me of 'the harvey girls,' 'true grit,' and etc. with a theme of 'intrepid women learn to overcome hardships and learn the meaning of true friendship.' coincidentally, it is related to 'the book woman of troublesome creek,' which is also about the WPA pack horse librarians, what are the odds!? that being said, i enjoyed this book though i don't typically read historical novels.

JCLLisaH Oct 31, 2019

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is historical fiction at its very best! Set in 1939 Southern Kentucky, the lives of five strong female characters come together to form and operate the Packhorse Library, where they deliver by horseback, books, magazines and newspapers to those living in remote, rural areas.

One of the main characters, Alice, an Englishwoman, marries an American and is brought to Kentucky where she hopes to start a new, dazzling life with her husband. That is not to be the case. Alice finds living with her husband and her father-in-law to be stifling and oppressive. Alice gets involved in starting and operating the Packhorse Library with four other women and her life becomes fulfilled and has purpose. A murder is thrown into the mix, and the mystery aspect of the story keeps the reader guessing as to how the lives of the women will be affected.

Jojo Moyes’s past works of contemporary fiction (Me Before You, After You, Still Me) have been enjoyable reads for me. But The Giver of Stars is on another level and is my favorite novel of hers to date. The writing and development of the characters is phenomenal. The relationships that Moyes develops for each of her characters are deep and multi-faceted. This narrative will stay with you long after you have read the last page. If you are a lover of historical fiction, The Giver of Stars is for you. Additionally, it is a great novel for book groups as there is much content to discuss with many interesting characters and relationships. Get on the library Hold List now, as I predict this novel becoming the Where the Crawdad’s Sing of 2020!

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