The Giver of Stars (Signed Book)

The Giver of Stars (Signed Book)

by Jojo Moyes

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525686996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 51
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Still Me, After You, Me Before You, The Peacock Emporium, The Horse Dancer, Paris for One and Other Stories, One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides.

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The Giver of Stars 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
I graduated from Tusculum College earning a teaching degree. I did my practice teaching in the school across the street from the college. Most of the students were children who lived in the Smokie Mountains. Many wore the same clothes every day. This book reminded me of the youngsters I had taught. Life was a challenge for my students in Tennessee as it was for those living in the Kentucky mountains. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 16 hours ago
wonderful read. couldn't put it down once started to read. liked the way the ending was written.
LibMom 2 days ago
Horses! Librarians! The Great Depression! Any one of these three aspects would make me favorably disposed to pick up a book. When all three are present, I'm definitely going to read the book. Readers who enjoy historically based fiction with strong female characters will enjoy The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. The Giver of Stars focuses on two main characters, Alice and Margery, who are polar opposites in upbringing and background. Alice grew up in England and ended up in the hills and hollers of eastern Kentucky while Margery hales from the area. The daughter of a scalawag, Margery continuously battles against her upbringing and the baggage associated with her last name. Alice battles quite different situations while trying to find her place in her new community. These two disparate characters and several others bond as pack horse librarians. Although Alice and Margery are the main characters, each of the women overcomes a variety of circumstances as well. Moyes does a good job of depicting the conflict between the various elements of community the librarians serve. The conflict between the well-to-do and downtrodden and the powerful and powerless are highlighted. The powerful and well-to-do attempt to be seen as the keepers of morality and Christianity when in reality they are preserving their power and way of life. Moyes effectively shows how life and attitudes were changing in this time period and how access to books and resources was a key aspect of these changes. Being a librarian and enjoying history and horses, The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes completely caught my attention from the description. Particularly as I had recently enjoyed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek I wanted to read more about this period of time. While there are some similarities between the books, they are definitely unique stories. The similarities are unavoidable simply because of the similar setting and the need to retain some historical accuracy. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received The Giver of Stars via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
rcahill 5 days ago
Alice is a fish out of water in rural Kentucky in the 1930s. She thought a quick marriage to a well-off American would save her from her cold British family, but she trades one cage for another. In Kentucky, Alice will come to find meaning through her friendship with Margery and their work with the WPA Baileyville Packhorse Library. This was an actual New Deal program that employed women to distribute books to families throughout the rough landscape. Both women, and the other librarians, deal with hardships and limitations on the choices available to women. This book hits the historical fiction genre right in its sweet spot! You will walk away with new information, characters you enjoyed, and new insights you can’t wait to discuss. This would be a great book club read.
Anonymous 6 days ago
The Giver Of Stars by Jojo Moyes is set in Kentucky during the 1930's and Alice a new English bride finds herself living in a little town called Baileyville. Alice Wright jumps at the chance to leave her boring life in England behind and quickly marries American Bennett Van Cleve. She assumes life as a married women will be far more interesting, she has no idea her husband lives in such a remote area and shares a house with his father. When she arrives in Kentucky she discovers they will be living in Van Cleve family home, they have very little privacy and she has nothing in common with her new husband! Bennett’s father owns the local mine, he's rich, overbearing, ruthless and a bully. Alice is soon bored sitting around the house all day, she has no friends, one Sunday in church she hears of a plan to start delivering books to remote mountain people and she's very keen to help. Margery O’Hare is in charge of setting up the new mobile library, she's a strong independent woman, she has no plans on settling down, having babies and getting married. Alice like most ladies in England, had horse riding lessons as a young girl, she decided to become a packhorse librarian and she can escape her father in laws house during the day. Eleanor Roosevelt had a idea to share the joy of reading with people living in poverty in the remote areas of Kentucky during the great depression, by supplying people with reading material, it gave them a vital link to the outside world and a glimmer of hope during such hard times. Women known as packhorse librarians delivered books to families living in very remote areas, where people have little education and no access to books. Alice's fellow librarians are a real mixed bunch, Margery, Izzy, Beth, Kathleen and Sophia. They deliver books packed in saddle bags, in all kinds of weather, winding their way through dark forests and along remote mountain trails. The women soon discover the power of independence, they share the joy of reading with the children attending the tiny local school, they become best friends and end up fighting against injustice. I loved The Giver Of Stars, one of the best books I have read this year and I gave it 5 big stars.
RMeckley 7 days ago
This book could make a good companion to THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK, in that they both focus on the Horseback Librarian program that existed in the United States in the 1930s. Here we follow some very brave women as they live their lives in a small Kentucky town during an era when women had very few rights. Alice, an English woman, has just married Bennett, a wealthy mine owner in the town. She is so bored with her new life that she volunteers to join the traveling library, during which she rides a horse through the mountains to distribute books and other reading materials to people living in the hills. Margery, who runs the library, is a smart, fiercely independent woman who doesn’t care what people think of her, an attitude that gets her, the library, and the other librarians, in a lot of trouble. The author skillfully depicts the very restricted lives of women in 1930s Kentucky, the power of friendship, and the magic that books can bring to anyone. I loved reading about this little-known piece of American history. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC.
MicheleReader 7 days ago
What a lovely book and a nice surprise coming from Jojo Moyes, a wonderful author who is normally associated with contemporary women’s fiction. This is a work of historical fiction that takes us to depression era Kentucky. Alice Wright escapes her restrictive life in England by marrying the well-to-do, good looking Bennett Van Cleve. She soon joins forces with a group of local women to bring books to its poor and they become the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. The group is led by Margery who is a self-reliant, independent woman who has overcome an abusive childhood. The women become a family providing encouragement and support. Alice soon learns that her marriage is not what she had envisioned and her hateful father-in-law makes her life unbearable. This book was very powerful and touches on some important topics. The fact that this is based on a traveling library service championed by Eleanor Roosevelt makes it even more interesting. Thank you to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books/Penguin Publishing Group and Ms. Moyes for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.