Book Woman is a far better piece of writing and has the added aspect of the blue people. As part of FDRs work program, she rides her mule and delivers her books. There is a lot of poverty in this town and it was so heartbreaking. A compelling and story about adaptability, and courage, told With compassion and delicacy Kim Michele Richardson presents a little known chapter of American history that is inspired by the true blue skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Library service of the 1930s. The year is 1936 and the setting takes place in the Appalachian Mountains into the woods of Troublesome Creek. The color of their skin was so shocking for normal people to see, that they chose to stay hidden away from the rest of society in their small community. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, building houses, and is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence, partnering with the U.S. Navy globally to bring awareness and education to the prevention of domestic violence. In fact an entire family from isolated Appalachia were blue. Why the Fugate family has blue skin? That visit with Amina led me to look for a courting candle. Since reading the picture book THAT BOOK WOMAN by Heather Henson a few years ago, my interest in the pack-horse librarian project has lead me to listen to Jojo Moyes's THE GIVER OF STARS and now recently, Richardson's THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK. Sourcebooks Landmark https://www.hannahmcneely.com/ebook We hope you love it. The Blue People Of Kentucky: For almost two centuries, the “blue skinned people of the Fugate family” lived in the areas of Troublesome Creek and Ball Creek in the hills of eastern Kentucky. At a time when white was the only colour to be, these blue skinned people were shunned as 'coloured' and excluded from m Pa lit a "courting candle", intent upon making sure Cussy "will knot". As the story goes, Martin Fugate, a French orphan, settled on the banks of eastern Kentucky's Troublesome Creek around 1820 to claim a land grant. Still, I found the candle a commanding and curious induction of courtship. Not myth or legend; The Blue People of Kentucky were an isolated enclave of Appalachian people who lived with an embarrassing skin discoloration until a young hematologist took notice and found a solution. Unbeknownst to the couple, they were coincidentally both carriers of a recessive gene (met-H) that caused methemoglobinemia, which can tint the skin of sufferers blue. I’ve written about the blue people in nearly every edition of my human genetics textbook. Thanks to President Roosevelt's NEW DEAL and WPA (Works Progress Administration) program, horse and mule riding librarians took to the remote backroads, more like overgrown trails through the woods and mud-packed steep mountains delivering and talking books. • In 1960, he decided to move near Troublesome Creek in the hopes to meet one of them some day. As a foster child in 1970, I remember going to my first library one lonely summer and checking out a book with the help of a librarian who wisely informed me that I could take home more than one. 05/07/2019, Bookstore He was also very, very blue. When little Benjamin Benjy Stacy was born in a small hospital near Hazard, Kentucky, he was the picture of health. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... To see what your friends thought of this book, Book Woman is a far better piece of writing and has the added aspect of the blue people. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was inspired by the true, historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and From a childhood in foster care to a lifelong love for librarians, author Kim Michele Richardson shares the deep, personal connection to her new … This is depression era, 1930' and people are struggling, making them look forward to the books, newspapers or magazines she brings. Suitors would come and go wanting "a surety" that their progeny would not be blue. As a result of inbreeding some people developed a rare blood condition which meant their skin was blue and their blood was brown. She paused to point out an antique courting candle, which ended up becoming an important theme in my novel and inspired the first pages of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. This title is a lure in itself for any book loving folks. This is especially true of the ‘Blue People of Kentucky’. Their father and daughter relationship is a close one, and a joy to behold. Luna married John E. Stacy and they had 13 children. This was real. Blue People Look for Genetic Connection to Kentucky Fugates Rare genetic condition gives people blue skin color. Instead, this story involves me awkwardly toting a tall stack of heavy Pyrex casserole dishes down dangerous concrete steps for an elderly mountain lady. Apparently, their ancestral line began six generations earlier with a French orphan, Martin Fugate. DIETER: They were so happy to get a book… A pack librarian in the Kentucky Appalachians, she delivers books to folks living in the hollers. Cussy, nicknamed "Bluet", was subjected to taunts, prejudice and continuous ridicule due to her cobalt-blue skin color. ISBN It's 1936 Kentucky when we first meet 19 year old Cussy Mary Carter and her pa who desperately wants to see her hitched and cared for....because he prom. The Legend Of Kentucky’s Blue People Is Truly Bizarre People come in all types of colors and shades of colors, but they are normally red, brown, yellows, browns, pinks, black, and white. The year, 1936. The first Fugate in the United States was a French orphan named Martin Fugate, who settled in Troublesome Creek in the hills of … May 7th 2019 I was sort of shocked by the leap from the end of the next to the last chapter to the final chapter when the baby is already talking, reading, and so. The legend behind the candle says it was used by patriarchs to set a time limit for the suitor who came courting his daughter. Linking the Blue People to the 'Fallen' Angels and the "EL" God. I warmed to her and her amazing story right away. “I never understood why other people thought my color, any color, needed fixing.”, “Being able to return to the books was a sanctuary for my heart. He made frequent trips to Hazard in the hope of finding some blue people. • Refresh and try again. It worked. Troublesome Creek......an almost misnomer of limited location to the backwoods of Kentucky. And I couldn’t stop imagining how the candle could have been the source of someone’s lifelong misery or joy and how it had been passed on to different generations. So blue, in fact, that his skin was the deep purple color of a plum. Benjy descended from the Stacy line. Pa lit a "courting candle", intent upon making sure Cussy "will knot". I have heard controversy about the two books being very similar and were only published a few months apart. This novel is a love letter to books. But Cussy, also known as Bluet and the Book Woman, shares her love of reading by delivering books to the people in the hills who don’t have easy access to libraries or schools. Cussy, nicknamed "Bluet", was subjected to taunts, prejudice and continuous ridicule due to her cobalt-blue skin color. The Blue people of Kentucky were segregated in the 1930s much the same as those who had anything but white skin. Welcome back. Genealogy sites provide this story: Not myth or legend; The Blue People of Kentucky were an isolated enclave of Appalachian people who lived with an embarrassing skin discoloration until a young hematologist took notice and found a solution. Yes, apparently blue people existed in Kentucky and were treated no better than the blacks. It was a great story with likable characters (for the most part), and I enjoyed the research and information on both the blue people of Kentucky and the Book Women who brought books and magazines to the impoverished families in the hills. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Cussy is a pack horse librarian and she delivers books to people that live in the mountains of Kentucky. Martin and Elizabeth had seven children, four of whom had blue skin. Apr 10, 2019 By Kayode Oseh . There is a lot of poverty in this town and it was so heartbreaking. Richardson’s novel, which she began writing in 2016 and published in May, is a first-person narrative about a woman named Cussy Mary Carter, who has a rare genetic condition that makes her skin appear blue (based on the real-life blue-skinned people of Kentucky). There are some stories behind this unusual genetic condition in that Kentucky clan. There was such rich, magnificent history in the two, and I was surprised that I hadn’t seen them in novels—that neither had been given a large footprint in literary history. I had every intention of riding one until I fell off the mountain. I grew up under the grinding heels of poverty, spending my first decade in a rural Kentucky orphanage, and then on to foster care and beyond, to finding myself homeless at age 14. They settled in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Deep in the woods of Kentucky, a fiercely private family gave birth to blue-skinned children since the 1800s. Cussy Mary Carter is a 19-year-old from Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Because part of the blue people tale is about plagiarizing, I’ll plagiarize myself: “A rare but very noticeable condition of abnormal hemoglobin affects the “blue people of Troublesome Creek”. Sit back, relax, and read the amazing but true genetic tale of the Blue People of Kentucky. This feature of a blue skin shade is with the Fugate family who were of French Huguenot descent, with the original immigrant ancestor coming over from France in about 1820. He married a red-haired American named Elizabeth Smith with a very pale complexion. When little Benjamin “Benjy” Stacy was born in a small hospital near Hazard, Kentucky, he was the picture of health. Not myth or legend; The Blue People of Kentucky were an isolated enclave of Appalachian people who lived with an embarrassing skin discoloration until a young hematologist took notice and found a solution. How wonderful the conversations must have been that took place around and over it. After an embarrassingly painful fall, my arm suffered seven breaks, but the Pyrex survived with nary a scratch. My research stretched into coal-mining towns and their history, and then into thick-treed forests to explore fire-tower lookouts and interview an old mountaineer who was a former fire-tower watcher. And this book would win, hands down, also because of the intriguing inclusion of one of the Blue People of Kentucky as the lead character. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I thought about what a meaningful story it is, what an amazing and strong character Cussy Mary Carter is, what a realistic depiction of time and place is presented here, about how much I learned from it, how touched I was, and the wonderful way that the author blends the story of the Blue People of Kentucky with the Pack Horse Library Project. • In this novel, the author weaves together two interesting, well researched historical episodes from 1930s Kentucky to tell a fascinating and memorable story. Published She suffers from a hereditary condition called methemoglobinemia. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. In 2016, I had the honor of meeting the talented Georgia playwright and writer Amina S. McIntyre, who was staying nearby at a Kentucky nature conservancy for an artist-in-residency program that I’d supported. Cussy Mary Carter was arguably the last "blue skinned person" in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Thanks very much, Bijal. Long ago, I began collecting everything I could on the packhorse librarians and blue-skinned people, poring over archives, old newspapers, pictures, documentaries and more. Maybe even a little worse. Kentucky has always inspired and influenced my books, as it is both a beautiful and brutal place full of fascinating history, varied landscapes, complex people and culture, and I’m fortunate to live in a region that my heart can draw on. As part of FDRs work program, she rides her mule and delivers her books. by Sourcebooks Landmark. And what a fascinating story it was. Living in a backwoods, one-room log house, life was a struggle for the nineteen year old and her pa, a coal miner. They can't wait for Cussy to show up with their books. • She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child, and a book critic for the New York Journal of Books. Library Their life is so tough. Her rare condition called methemoglobinemia caused decreased oxygenation in the blood producing blue skin. Mary is good people, generous and a fighter, and together with her old grey mule Junia delivers books, recipes, patterns and messages deep into the woods....even as she is being watched and hunted. What a heartfelt and very important book! Kim Michele currently finished her fourth novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek about the fierce and brave Kentucky Packhorse librarians. In the late 1950s, a hematologist named Martin Cawein from the University of Kentucky was fascinated by the stories of the blue Fugate family. The Fugates, a family that lived in the hills of Kentucky, commonly known as the "Blue Fugates" or the "Blue People of Kentucky", are notable for having been carriers of a genetic trait that led to the blood disorder methemoglobinemia, which causes the appearance of blue-tinged skin.. Ancestry. • What?!? So pa continues to set out the courting candle....to Mary's chagrin, but there ain't many takers even with a dowry of $5 and 10 acres bc Mary is one of the blue people....mistreated, misunderstood and kept at arm's length. Years ago, I stumbled across these heroic librarians of the Great Depression and the rare blue-skinned Kentuckians, and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. Some cannot read, so she reads to them, some are just learning to read, and some just look st the picture She is in all ways won. Individual One of their sons, Levy, married a Ritchie girl and had eight children, one of them Luna. The other one is fluffy, which is fine if you like that sort. Cussy is a pack horse librarian and she delivers books to people that live in the mountains of Kentucky. I knew it was time for the wider world to experience them fully, to learn about and see the glorious Kentucky female packhorse librarians and the precious blue-skinned mountain folk. He was also very, very blue. Their life is so tough. ♥. There was a small, isolated clan that suffered from a rare genetic condition called congenital methemoglobinemia. I was moved by her compassion and wisdom and have not forgotten her to this day. Martin Fugate, a French orphan, married a woman named Elizabeth around 1820. See more ideas about kentucky, people, medical oddities. Seven generations ago, in 1820, a French orphan named Martin Fugate who settled in this area of Kentucky brought in … We’d love your help. When in reality … I was fortunate to have a shoebox apartment atop a mountain in Appalachia and to be able to live in that landscape and spend time with native Appalachians who taught me the lyrics and language of their people and ancestors. Cussy Mary was such a compelling and unique character in this novel set in depression-era Kentucky. The other one is fluffy, which is fine if you like that sort of thing, but Book Woman is haunting and unforgettable and brilliant. Usually, when we think blue people in Kentucky, the first thing that comes to mind is University of Kentucky Wildcat fans… as they are known to dress in and paint their faces blue to show team spirit. (good creep factor). H. Cussy Mary Carter was arguably the last "blue skinned person" in Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. I wanted to embrace their strengths and uniqueness in story. It’s 1935 and Cussy is a blue woman! MY MOM AND I WROTE AN E-BOOK! Since they are so similar I probably won't be reading both. Digital It's 1936 Kentucky when we first meet 19 year old Cussy Mary Carter and her pa who desperately wants to see her hitched and cared for....because he promised her ma....because of his black lung illness from working the mines. When I finished this book, I thought it was such a good story and I immediately gave it four stars, but then I thought about it more as I was writing this. 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