I love this book about traveling librarians who deliver books by horseback, traveling up into the mountains to bring books and magazines to people who would otherwise have nothing to read. They travel in all sorts of dangerous conditions, facing scorching sun, fierce winter winds, floods, and disgruntled men with guns. This is a book about women who break boundaries, and go about what they want to do in life, without worrying about getting anyone’s permission. The women become a close-knit group who support each other through their struggles with their love lives and families, as well as the false accusations that threaten to shut down everything they’ve built. They encourage each other to stand strong and let their voices be heard. The story is set in 1937, and is based on a real group of women called The Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky, who delivered books to over a hundred thousand rural inhabitants between 1935 and 1943.
Jennifer (Staff) (Clemens Mill Library)