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Publication Order of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Books

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Woman's Daughter (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Unbreakable Child (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Liar's Bench (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
GodPretty in the Tobacco Field (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sisters of Glass Ferry (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Children's Books

Junia, The Book Mule of Troublesome Creek (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Kim Michele Richardson is a best-selling author of fiction and nonfiction.

The author resides in Kentucky but also spends time in the western region of North Carolina. She is known for her books in the historical fiction genre as well as the best-selling memoir, The Unbreakable Child.

Kim has won many awards for her work, including for her novel The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. The book won her recognition and multiple awards such as a Forbes pick for best historical novel, the PBS Readers Choice for 2020 “Book-A-Million” best fiction, SIBA, Indie Next, Best Book from Library Reads in 2019, a “Buzziest Books” selection by Oprah, and a Great Group Reads pick from the Women’s National Book Association. The story is based on the real people of Kentucky as well as the Packhorse Librarians, who chose to use literacy to fight fear and bigotry as the Great Depression raged on.

The author founded Shy Rabbit, a residency for artists and writers. She also volunteers, helping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity and advocating to prevent domestic violence and child abuse. Kim has partnered up with the United States Navy to try and bring awareness about preventing domestic violence and educating others on the subject. She also is a book critic.

Kim loves to explore the place she was born when she writes, Kentucky. It is a place that is mysterious, beautiful, and tough. She has been to all parts of Kentucky and says that she is constantly seeking out a new area of it to discover. She loves to infuse her love of Kentucky, the history, land, songs, and its people into all of her novels whenever possible. Along the way, she makes a point to contend with the state’s historical and social events, traditions, legends, and myths. She likes to write stories about people that are set in a landscape different from any other part of the world, and one she knows well. She believes that her familiarity and knowledge of this small part of the world helps to relate to people and understand herself better.

The author has continuously chosen to feature areas of western Kentucky in her works, and this is prominently done in her novel Liar’s Bench. There, Richardson explores the not-often-featured rural areas and the backwoods of the state in a story featuring the town’s bench, crafted from a female slave’s gallows from a century ago. She also featured Appalachia and the mountains and people of the eastern part of Kentucky in GodPretty in the Tobacco Field, another fictional novel. Rural Kentucky was featured yet again in her haunting novel The Sisters of Glass Ferry, a story that is told from the thirties through to the modern age, about two teenagers that disappear in that area on prom night in 1952.

Kim Michele Richardson is the author of the memoir The Unbreakable Child. It is the telling of her life and all about growing up in Kentucky. The book was first made available to readers on April 1, 2009. The third edition was released on Kindle on October 18, 2012.

The author has been through a lot, as readers will see when they pick up this stunning memoir. It is the tale of a journey from childhood to adulthood and learning how to forgive and move on from things that are difficult, if not impossible, to forgive. It is the story of the St. Thomas/Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum, a building that has many secrets.

The book is remarkable for being the first ever in the United States to actively take on the emotional and physical abuse and trespasses that were endured by many orphans on an institutional level by the Catholic clergy. The abuse went on for decades. The book works to document the lawsuit and the settlement, the first of its kind, that Roman Catholic nuns paid in America to compensate victims for the decades of horrible institutional abuse that Richardson, Richardson’s sisters, and a total of 42 additional children went through.

Pick up a copy of this unique memoir and get a glimpse into the unfolding of what happens with the Asylum and how the clergy was held responsible for their crimes against their victims in this incredible telling of a true story like none other.

Liar’s Bench is a fictional novel from author Kim Michele Richardson. It was first published by Kensington on April 28, 2015. If you love fictional stories that are set in the South or you are just looking for something interesting and new to read, check this novel out!

The year is 1972, and it is Mudas Summers’ birthday. She is about to turn 17 years old, but never sees the calamity that would strike this day coming when her mama, Ella, is discovered dead in the home’s rafters.

They live in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, and the majority of the people that live there jump to their own conclusions. Most of them speculate that it was her husband that did it and made it look like a suicide. Other citizens gossip that she had finally had enough of being treated wrongly and took her own life.

One thing is for certain, and that is that her daughter Muddy is going to discover the truth. She starts her own investigation and quickly finds a possible clue in papers that have been stuck in among all of the possessions her mother had. But in a town full of secrets, she’s going to have to get creative if she wants to solve this mystery.

Her friend Bobby Marshall could potentially help her out. Bobby has slave ancestry and is related to the hanged slave Frannie Crow. The town square has a bench there made out of her gallows, a relic and a nod to what happened, as well as a cautionary tale. It’s called the Liar’s Bench, and it may be tied to all of the answers that Muddy is seeking.

Can she confront a town’s dark history and the reality of what happened with her mother if she finds it? Read this book to find out!

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8 Responses to “Kim Michele Richardson”

  1. Rosie: 1 year ago

    April 2023. I just read (The Book Woman’s Daughter). First time reading a book by Kim Michele Richardson I will be reading a lot more of her books. I could not seem to put this book down. So very goood!!!

  2. Margot Byrnes: 2 years ago

    I have read both Book Woman books. They were hard to
    put down.

    Miss Richardson is an awesome author
    I want to read all of her books. I cannot wait to get them. Keep writing! Thabk you for sharing your gift with us readers

  3. Penny Schild: 2 years ago

    I have read both books about the book women and thoroughly enjoyed them. You have made a fan of me and I intend to order and read the other books you have written. Please continue with more books

  4. Jane Neigh: 2 years ago

    I am beating this summer’s unbearable heat by reading.A week ago I read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I couldn’t put it down and quickly downloaded my Kindle with The Book Woman’s Daughter, Liar’s Bench, The Sister’s of Glass Ferry, & GodPretty in the Tobacco Feild and devoured them. Today (a week later) I downloaded An Unbearable Child oh how my heart is aching for Kim and her sister’s and through tears I will finish it before dinner. I am a registered Republican and not happy with the candidate for Governor of our state, but thanks to Kim and her early life has lead me to want to vote for Josh Shapiro instead. Mr.Shapiro was instrumental in PA for bringing the abuse of the clergy of the Catholic Church to light and helping it’s victims. God Be with You Kim.

    • Elena Luz Gomez: 1 year ago

      Thank you for your review, I am currently in Gatlinburg TN, and will be starting Cold Mountain, then Kim Michele Richardson was recommended by one of my travel companions. My son went to school at UK, so I have lots of love for Kentucky!
      Take good care,

  5. Anne: 2 years ago

    Just finished”The Bookwoman’s Daughter” and we did “The Bookwoman” for the book club I do at the library I work at and thoroughly enjoyed them both. Will there be a third?

  6. Cathie: 3 years ago

    I finished Godpretty and The bookwomen.What eye openers. Wonderful and sad stories. I had no idea.Thank you.

  7. Jerry Hannaford: 3 years ago

    I just finished reading “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”. I LOVED it!! I haven’t read any of your books before this but plan to get more. I love historical books and never knew about the blue people. Great story!!


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