The “One Book, One Community” project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney), LIVINGSTON READS encourages residents of Livingston County, Michigan to read for pleasure, creates community through reading, and promotes the exploration of ideas, knowledge, and a love of Michigan!

2021 Book Selection

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Book Cover

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, is a powerful message about how the written word affects people — a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage, and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman’s chances beyond the darkly hollows.
Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a first in traditionally published literary novels — a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians — a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home.

About the Author

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Kim Michele Richardson

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today bestselling author, Kim Michele Richardson, has written four works of historical fiction, and a bestselling memoir, The Unbreakable Child. Her latest multi-award winning novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, has earned a 2019 LibraryReads Best Book, Indie Next, SIBA, Forbes Best Historical Novel, 2020 PBS Readers Choice Book-A-Million Best Fiction, and is an Oprah’s Buzziest Books pick and a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. It was inspired by the real life, remarkable “blue people” of Kentucky, and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librarians who used the power of literacy to overcome bigotry, and fear during the Great Depression. Kim Michele lives with her family in Kentucky and is the founder of Shy Rabbit.

Libraries and Events

Check back often for updates about this year’s Livingston Reads events!

Brighton District Library

100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. 48116

Fowlerville District Library

130 S. Grand Ave., Fowlerville, MI. 48836

Hamburg Township Library

10411 Merril Road, Hamburg, MI. 48139

Hartland's Cromaine Library

3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI. 48353

Howell Carnegie District Library

314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI. 48843

Pinckney Community Public Library

125 Putnam Street, Pinckney, MI. 48169

Past Livingston Reads Books

(2020) The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
(2019) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
(2018) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
(2017) Jaws by Peter Benchley
(2016) The Martian by Andy Weir
(2015) Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
(2014) The Butler by Wil Haygood
(2013) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(2012) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(2011) A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
(2010) Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
(2009) The Final Season by Tom Stanton
(2008) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
(2007) Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
(2006) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
(2005) Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde