The Giver of Stars



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I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” –Reese Witherspoon

From the author of Me Before You, set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

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 Summary

The Giver of Stars is a 2019 historical fiction book by Jojo Moyes about packhorse librarians in a remote area of Kentucky...

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Best book I’ve read this year5 star

This 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. 55


Excellent5 star

Very unique characters and story line. Beautifully written and moving. 55


Great Read!5 star

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! 55

Stewards of the Land

Wonderful5 star

From 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! 55


Horrible1 star

This may be the worst book I ever read. 15


The Giver of Stars4 star

This is an interesting well written book. It will make a good movie. 45


Excellent!5 star

A great book. 55

Carole Z

The Giver of Stars5 star

Beautifully 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! 55


Powerful4 star

What 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! 45

1st t1mer

Pls help!1 star

I wanted this to be read to me (I.e. audiobook) but it requires me to read it. How do I ‘return’ this purchase? 15

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