The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

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"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 Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job--bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is 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"--
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2019]
ISBN: 9780399562488
0399562486
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moyes Jojo 09/2019
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,24 cm

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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.

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JCLHeatherM Mar 05, 2020

'Giver of Stars' is very well-written in terms of characterization of the six librarian pioneers who tended to to the literary (and often otherwise) needs of the rural folk. There's great instances of female friendship, and two beautiful love stories included to warm the heart. The ending proved ... Read More »

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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, r... Read More »


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Petuniax3
Sep 22, 2020

One of the most satisfying books I have read in a long time! It grabs your attention and won't let go! I thought it would be about the history of Eleanor Roosevelt's Kentucky book ladies program, and it was, but that is the glue that brought the story together and what a story it is!

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sgowens1
Sep 20, 2020

One of the best books that I've read in a long time. As I read it, I was oblivious to all else. I just love her books!

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beaches4evr
Sep 03, 2020

Love this book! "harpreads" review (scroll down to July 9) says it very well. A subject I knew nothing about, strong women friendships, and triumph over adversity are a few reasons why this is a wonderful read!

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ianapoli
Aug 08, 2020

I enjoyed this book BUT. (1) poorly edited. Eucalyptus trees in northern Kentucky? don't think so.... (2) much more seriously, there are some strong indications that this book was heavily plagiarized from another author, less well known and using a publishing company that is related to Pamela Dorman Books - Viking. Look it up on the internet. I am very disappointed in this author. Kinda wondered how a woman from suburban London knew so much about Kentucky history. well.............
READER BEWARE!!!

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Athena48
Aug 07, 2020

Loved this book!
It’s a testament to the power of women, friendship & love in all its forms. Absolutely worth taking the time to read it!

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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. This story focused on the Book Women and cola mining in Kentucky.

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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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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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