The Giver of StarsJojo Moyes

The Giver of Stars

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes Book Summary

“A great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” —Reese Witherspoon
From the author of the forthcoming Someone Else’s Shoes, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond in Depression-era America

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.

The Giver of Stars (Jojo Moyes) Book Reviews

MesmerizingThis mesmerizing story accurately reflects the 1930s in Appalachia country, especially in the areas of religion, poverty, women’s rights, domestic abuse, the mistreatment of African Americans, and the coal industry. The story of female friendship was heartwarming. I was saddened when I finished this story because I didn’t want it to end!.Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenI enjoyed every minute of it and didn’t want it to end..Score: 5/5

A book about booksI love books about women, nature, love, tragedy, and books. This was a perfectly written story..Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsWe’ve come a long ways ladies. The oppressiveness our “foremothers” endured was disgraceful. This book reminds us all of everyone’s equal rights and our right to be treated with human decencies. The characters were beautifully developed, unique and strong in their own right. I want all my grand daughters to read this book and appreciate their own strengths and know there is nothing they cannot do. Sit back, relax and enter Kentucky in the late 1930’s as an observer. You will not be sorry..Score: 5/5

Stingy With My StarsI very rarely give a 5 star rating, but this book hit most of my favorite highs: history, romance, suspense, and strong female characters. I had never heard of the WPA’s Packhorse Librarians, and the story was wonderful!.Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsAmazing read..Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsThis is an interesting well written book. It will make a good movie..Score: 4/5

Interesting but too sad for meI cried way more than I laughed..Score: 3/5

Rural Kentucky, Feisty Women, Traveling Libraries - Fascinating!A well crafted story of rural Kentucky built around a little known government program in the 1930s that used small traveling libraries to promote literacy. But that hardly does this novel justice. Because it’s about so much more. Alice Van Cleve is a young, English woman who marries the son of a wealthy American coal mine tycoon, to escape her too-proper life and critical parents. Alice and Bennett settle into her father-in-law’s home in rural Kentucky. Although her home life turns our disappointing, Alice soon volunteers for the fledgling library program where she meets a small group of disparate women who slowly become a tight circle of friends. One is Margery O’Hare - a gutsy mid-thirties single woman who speaks her mind, flaunts the conventions of society, and is even more interesting a character than Alice. There’s also a young woman whose polio disability and overprotective mother have closed down her life. A tomboy eager for time away from an all-male household. And a quiet, dignified black woman who knows much more about libraries than all the others put together. But the story is less about the library program itself than about the lives of women in rural America in the 1930s. The deeply ingrained expectations that shape their lives, the limitations imposed by a conservative society, and the consequences — both good and bad — when women begin to behave more independently. The story is also set against the growing labor movement in America. The Van Cleve mines — with their sub-standard housing, over-priced company store, and unsafe mining conditions — are relentless in their efforts to resist unionization. And like many men with money and power, Mr. Van Cleve expects (demands!) to get his way in all areas of his life. Especially dangerous in someone who so fiercely holds grudges. It’s a suspenseful read, with unexpected twists and turns. And yet, there is also a central love story that is tender and lovely. A well-executed historical novel that will show you a slice of historical America you've probably never seen..Score: 4/5

I’m a fan.Jojo Moyes is a fantastic writer. It was a pleasure reading this story. I want to read some of her other books..Score: 5/5

Slow start. Great read after.The beginning was very slow. Once the story line really picked up, it was great. I loved learning about the packhorse librarians during the depression. I wasn’t aware of them until this book. Amazing women..Score: 4/5

The Giver of StarsReads like an old romance novel, if you like that type of literature. Characters are one dimensional. Can't finish it..Score: 1/5

A must read!Excellent character growth and historical Lu significant for today !.Score: 5/5

WonderfulFrom opening page to the words on the final page, the book captures and holds one’s attention. The characters are genuine and colored with personality. I didn’t want the book to end, Always a good sign!.Score: 5/5

Page Turner!!I loved the pace, setting & detailed descriptions of the challenges that faced each character & watching their evolutions but most of all, I just fell in love with the main characters in this wonderful novel. I enjoyed being sent back in time and to a place where life was slower and nature was fully appreciated but it also made me thankful of the rights I enjoy as a “modern woman” in present time! This was chosen as a Book Club book and I enthusiastically give up 2 thumbs up!!! What an enjoyable read!!.Score: 5/5

BeautifulThis book changed my life!.Score: 5/5

Book nerds will love this !Excellent, entertaining and a quick read..Score: 5/5

Really great storyRead this for good feelings.Score: 5/5

HorribleThis may be the worst book I ever read..Score: 1/5

FascinatingThis book opened up a subject that I didn’t know existed. I live across the Ohio River in Cincinnati and it gave a whole new meaning to the mountains of Kentucky. These brave women did a noble deed of trying to bring books and knowledge to people who might otherwise be forgotten..Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsAn authentic telling of life in a small Kentucky town! The protagonists were all women and each had an unforgettable journey of living each day in this environment! They had romances, trials & trails to deal with their buddies supporting them! This is also the telling of how the town dealt with it’s first library & it’s female custodians!.Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsBeautifully written about a slice of little known American history. The decription of eastern rural Kentucky mountains in the 1930’s made you feel like you were right there with the characters and their pack animals as these women delivered their library books to the rural inhabitants. I couldn’t put it down. An excellent pick for our bookclub!.Score: 5/5

Best book I’ve read this yearThis was one I was sad when it was over. I absolutely loved the characters and everything about it. I had a busy week and still somehow managed to read this in a few day’s because I couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Great ReadLoved this story of friendship and family. Fast read hard to put down!.Score: 5/5

The giver of starsExcellent read!.Score: 5/5

Mesmerizing book!I COULD NOT PUT DOWN this delightful book. I loved the characters, the setting, the creation of friendships and loyalty, the sheer bravery, and the growth of love. For anyone who enjoys a good story told by a skillful storyteller, READ THIS IMMEDIATELY!.Score: 5/5

Great Read!I could not put this book down. Beautifully written, lavish imagery, and a satisfying ending. One of the best books I have read in a long time!.Score: 5/5

Giving StarsGreat read.Score: 5/5

ExcellentVery unique characters and story line. Beautifully written and moving..Score: 5/5

Pls help!I wanted this to be read to me (I.e. audiobook) but it requires me to read it. How do I ‘return’ this purchase?.Score: 1/5

Excellent book!Great story! I loved learning about the packhorse librarians..Score: 5/5

LovelyLovely book. Thanks.Score: 5/5

Great readExcellent story based in history.Score: 5/5

Not for meI found this book extremely boring Stopped reading it and deleted from my iPad. It had such great reviews. Very disappointing..Score: 1/5

Loved it!Great book that had me hooked very quickly..Score: 5/5

Highly recommendGreat book with lots of dynamic characters and plot twists. Love the women of this book and the men that support them. The ending does a nice job of wrapping everything up for the reader too! Similar writing style in a way to JoJo Moyes’ Ship of Brides to me. Great read!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic Book and Writing StyleFabulous- I could not put the book down. A wonderful read that I was able to highlight my vacation with..Score: 5/5

Excellent!A great book..Score: 5/5

The giver of stars.So well written. A page turner. Interesting and informative. Based on a true story..Score: 5/5

Giver of StarsA page turner for sure!.Score: 5/5

PowerfulWhat a beautifully written book. It has love, friendship, murder, etc. I never knew of the Kentucky library system and the work that was done to spread literacy into the harder to reach and more rural areas. So beautifully written and so glad Reese witherspoon book club suggested it!.Score: 4/5

Enjoyable and informativeI appreciated knowing about this important program begun by Eleanor Roosevelt. The author used that background to create a fascinating and touching story..Score: 5/5

The Giver of StarsJojo Moyes’s characters always ring true. The Giver of Stars is a beautiful story and all who read it will recognize the gift of books as one of the most important gifts to humans everywhere..Score: 5/5

Giver of StarsExcellent book. Wonderful character development..Score: 5/5

Great book!Floods, trials, and despair all wrapped up in an entertaining story. I enjoyed the characters. Tears shed..Score: 5/5

Absolutely loved this novel!What a truly beautiful story of the bonds women share and the strength and courage they lend to one another. The characters of this story stay with you long after the story is finished..Score: 5/5

Giver of starsThis book is plagiarized from a book published a few months before this one was published - the blue woman of troublesome creek. Shame on you Jojo..Score: 1/5

Historical fiction that tugs at your emotionsLoved the way this book brought out so many different feelings and emotions. It was an easy read and very enjoyable book. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

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