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The Personal Librarian - By Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray (Hardcover)


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Book Synopsis The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian--who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams c…
Book Synopsis The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian--who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle bes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white--her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths to which she must go--for the protection of her family and her legacy--to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives. Review Quotes "An extraordinary tale that is both brilliant historical fiction and an important and timely commentary on racism. By holding up an unflinching mirror and illuminating this little-known chapter in American history, these two gifted authors have penned a work that is a must-read." --Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star "A marvel of a story. This unflinching look at one woman's meteoric rise through New York's high society is enthralling, lyrical, and rife with danger. Belle's painful secret and her inspiring courage will capture - and break - your heart. Serious kudos to Benedict and Murray for bringing this true story to life." --Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue "The Personal Librarian illuminates the extraordinary life of an exceptional, intelligent woman who had to make the impossible choice to live as an imposter or sacrifice everything she'd achieved and deserved. That Belle denied her true identity in order to protect herself and her family from racial persecution speaks not only to her times but also to ours, a hundred years later. All that glitters is not gold. This is a compelling and important story." --Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Neighborhood "As richly depicted as the lush world of art and literature Belle da Costa Greene presided over...an immersive, sweeping delight as well as an intimate, moving, and powerful portrait of Belle's personal and professional life. An unforgettable, captivating read!" --Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba Meticulously researched, heartbreaking, and inspiring...a fascinating look at a very public figure fighting a deep private battle, whose story still resonates with surprising power and immediacy today. --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names An untold story that is simply amazing. It's timely and impactful. --Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Follow Your Heart A stunning and timely novel about a woman who, in forging a path for herself, had to battle constantly against the limitations society tried to place upon her due to her gender - and who also had to hide her true identity from a racist world...both a triumph and a fitting tribute to Belle's courage, her fierce desire to protect her family and her personal struggle to be both the woman she was, and the woman she was not allowed to be. --Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret "An intimate and extraordinary conversation with the past. As Belle da Costa Greene achieves her dreams by forsaking an identity, we wonder if we would or could do the same to irrevocably alter the literary world and our family. A novel abundant with culture, art, literature, and romance--the beauty and recklessness of love are revealed with astonishing clarity." --Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Surviving Savannah "From the moment I picked up The Personal Librarian, I was in awe of Belle da Costa Greene. My heart went out as she navigated the life she lived and the one she hid.... Belle's story couldn't come at a more fitting time as our country faces a united path forward." --ReShonda Tate Billingsley, National bestselling author of A Little Bit of Karma "Upon starting this novel, be prepared to do nothing else until you've reached its poignant, reflective end. Through brilliant pacing and with painstaking care, Benedict and Murray paint a
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** My plan is to turn the Pierpont Morgan Library from a private library into a public institution so that thousands and thousands of people will see the beauty and significance of the early written … Full review by walmart.com
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