Book Reviews

"The Giver of Stars" by JoJo Moyes

My daughter, my friend Jaclyn, and I were lucky enough to meet JoJo Moyes back in October at the Cuyahoga Public Library. We got to listen to her discuss the months of research she put into her latest novel “The Giver of Stars” and she also did some Q&A’s with the audience.

Things I got to hear JoJo Moyes say in person:
•The “F” word twice when she was telling us a story from her time in KY doing research.
•She slipped that “Giver of Stars was already optioned for movie.
•This is also her favorite of all of her books thus far.
•Her dad didn’t think her book “Me Before You” would do very well. (It’s one of my all time faves!)
•Author friend, Sophia Kinsella was the one that convinced her to publish “Me Before You”.
•Her novel “The Last Letter from Her Lover” is being made into a movie.

Me Before Her

She also complimented my blouse and practically choked on her water when I introduced my daughter…
JM: “THAT’S your daughter? (said in her adorable accent) How old is she? You don’t look old enough to be her mother. I thought you were sisters.” (we DO look a lot alike!)
ME:”She’s 22. And thank you..I’m actually 3 mos older than you, also born in the summer of 69.”
(insert gasping while drinking water)
JM:”What?? Oh my goodness! (Big smile!) You look so young! Yay, Generation X!”(then she shook my hand firmly)

JoJo autographing my “The Giver of Stars”

She is just the cutest, sweetest person and quite funny! I would have loved to have taken a posed picture with her, but this event didn’t allow for that due to the time allotment and the amount of people there. So my daughter snapped the quick pics while I was talking to her. It was a lovely event and I am so glad I was able to go.

I took the book photo above back in Oct also, when the sky was so beautiful and tried to line it up just right with the book (nailed it!) I loved this book and learned a lot of cool things from it. It’s fiction, but loosely based on real people. It’s just a really interesting book! Atmospheric, heartfelt, inspiring and just wonderful! I hope to see her in person again someday and I will buy every book she ever writes!

I really want that blouse she is wearing!

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Book synopsis:

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.