The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

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

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 them--and to the men they love--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 classic--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.

Title:The Giver of Stars
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399562488
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    The Giver of Stars Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I don’t have to give 5 billion stars to this book! I would donate the full galaxy system to the author if I could. (I already made a phone call and talked to a NASA technician about their star aucti...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    I was so excited to see that Ms. Moyes had chosen to write a historical fiction novel and was fortunate enough to obtain an advanced readers copy. It is different from her previous contemporary women...

  • Paromjit

    A brilliant epic historical drama set in the US Depression era in Kentucky and the Appalachians from Jojo Moyes that draws on real life actual history. Those who have been life long readers will under...

  • Angela M

    This is a wonderful tribute to how books can change people’s lives and to the Kentucky Pack Horse Librarians, so of course I loved this book. I first heard of the Pack Horse Librarians when I read T...

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    I am far in the minority here with this one. For someone who rarely is I am not sure what is wrong with me. Way too much drama here for me and with similarities to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek ...

  • Nick

    5 stars“She just wasn’t sure she had yet been to the place she was homesick for.”okay okay okay so where do I start? Maybe with the fact that this book is freaking awesome and I really really li...

  • Debra

    “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” ― Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt started a travelin...

  • Diane S ?

    4.5 when I first started reading this I thought, wonderful another story about the pack librarians, this set in Kentucky. Wondered how close it would be to the The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Exc...

  • Nick

    5 stars“She just wasn’t sure she had yet been to the place she was homesick for.”okay okay okay so where do I start? Maybe with the fact that this book is freaking awesome and I really really li...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN*

    4.5 Stars rounded up to 5This was a wonderful work of historical fiction based on the WPA project "Pack Horse" librarians. It was the FDR Administration's order to create a travelling library in the A...