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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writermala
Feb 23, 2020

A book about depression era America did not appeal to me but when I saw it was by my favorite author Jo Jo Moyes I decided to give it a try. I really liked it as the women in it were very strong and stood up for themselves.Yet, the reality of the era was that men hit women, making the powerful Margery say, "You know what the worst thing about a man hitting you?" "Ain't the hurt. It's in that instant you realize the truth of what it is to be a woman. That it don't matter how smart you are, how much better at arguing, how much better than them period. It's when you can realize they can always shut you up with a fist. Just like that." That is what Alice had to realize too but the book proceeds with a library giving women a raison d'etre and the ending justified my reading the 387 pages.

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Linyarai
Feb 13, 2020

I read this for the "A Bestseller" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I really enjoyed it, I really felt for Alice and appreciated how strong she was in standing up for herself. The ending felt a bit rushed and incomplete, but the rest of it I couldn't put down.

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wmtlady
Feb 10, 2020

I liked this even more than "Me Before You" because of the real history and relevant details of life in 1930's England and Kentucky.

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readthelibrary
Feb 08, 2020

Very interesting story, based on WPA's Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky program (1935 - 1943) about ladies/girls delivering Library books on horseback in rural Kentucky. Has many story lines and lots of exciting/dangerous plots to keep you hanging on to your "saddle horn"!
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knradach
Feb 07, 2020

Overall, I loved this novel, and appreciate that it has a satisfying ending. I found myself frustrated (to the point of tears) multiple times in the middle of the book, as the main character is trapped in a hopelessly bad relationship. I wanted to just SCREAM at her! But that is what makes a good book, right? One that pulls you in emotionally and makes you feel the highs and the lows. I felt the legal battle in the middle a little unnecessary and reminded my of Where the Crawdads Sing and other recent books. Regardless, great story about women banding together to make up a packhorse library, distributing books into the Kentucky mountains. Quick and easy read!

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curd5223
Jan 30, 2020

Jo Jo Moyes may be my favorite author. I love the way she writes and keeps me turning the pages. This was so interesting and loved every minute of it.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 29, 2020

Nice historical fiction with an empowering feminist message. I wish there had been more/better consideration of the WOC character...but this is, at its core, a lovely homage to the power of reading at all socioeconomic levels. Will appeal to fans of Where the Crawdads Sing...while Giver of Stars isn't as good as Crawdads, it is similar enough in structure that it is an appropriate readalike.

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Jersey_Girl
Jan 25, 2020

May I quote Defiantfox? Love the characters, loved the story! Super great reading well into the early hours of the morning!

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Defiantfox
Jan 24, 2020

Loved the characters. Loved the story. It's not often I give a 5 star rating.

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cfspringer
Jan 22, 2020

recommended by Martha Kell

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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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