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The Personal Librarian

(2021)
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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 becomes 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.

Genre: Historical

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June 2021 : USA Hardback
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ISBN: 0-593-10153-7 / 978-0-593-10153-7 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

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Title: The Personal Librarian (Random House Large Print)
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ISBN: 0-593-41424-1 / 978-0-593-41424-8 (USA edition)
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June 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Personal Librarian
Author(s): Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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June 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Personal Librarian
Author(s): Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Personal Librarian
Author(s): Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
Publisher: Berkley
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