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Quick reviews: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge


By Cherrie Dittman


Both books are available on Hoopla.


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a historical fiction that takes place in mountains of Kentucky during the latter part of the 1930s. The main character is a young woman who lives with a genetic condition that causes her skin to be blue. She lives a meager life with her only family: her coal mining father. She works a government job as a Pack Horse Librarian, delivering reading material to the indigent, book starved hill folk who live deep in the Appalachia Mountains. This book draws you in as the book woman is faced with challenges of being a woman, being blue, the loss of her mother, traveling a dangerous trail, and being poor. Does this story have a happy ending? You decide.


I just finished listening to The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelson, narrated by Gildart Jackson on Hoopla. It’s a fairly short listen at 5 hours and 25 minutes. An Elfin spy and a Goblin host, historically these two are enemies but circumstances lead them to form an uncomfortable friendship. This was super fun to listen to. The narration is great, making it easy to visualize the characters, I wanted it to be longer.

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