The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn't want it to end!" ́”Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies "Epic in scope and fiercely feminist. . . an unforgettable story." ́”PopSugar 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 Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to theḿ”and to the men they lové”becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they're committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classić”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. SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9780399562501
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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kristensalmon
Jul 30, 2020

One of my favorite books so far this year. Very immersive and a wonderful story.

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BeckyR21
Jul 25, 2020

An enjoyable read. I didn't know anything about the Packhorse Library - what a fantastic endeavour. Great characters, interesting plot. A bit slow at times, but overall a good read. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quick and easy read.

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reedvm
Jul 23, 2020

Very good

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grammycarol49
Jul 18, 2020

Jojo has created memorable characters, fascinating historically based events, and stories of friendship and love overcoming intense odds.

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kleesiebels
Jul 15, 2020

Held my interest with subject of WPA packhorse library, plot and characters and with some humor and poignant moments, but not impressively written.

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maipenrai
Jul 13, 2020

This is my first JoJo Moyes novel. I had looked at other titles, but thought them to be more of the romance genre. This book grabbed my attention because I had not known about Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library program or the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. It is a little difficult to believe that Alice is quite as naïve as she is portrayed, but I grew to love the characters and the bravery of the women to be different in a very judgmental and insular community. I recommend the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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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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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