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The personal librarian

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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. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built 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 well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as whiteher 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 she must gofor the protection of her family and her legacyto preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.
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subject_facetAfrican American women -- Fiction
African American women librarians -- Biography -- Fiction
Audiobooks
BIPOC
Biographical fiction
Biographies
Black people
Greene, Belle da Costa -- Fiction
Historical fiction
Large type books
Minority groups
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951 -- Fiction
Passing (Identity) -- Fiction
Pierpont Morgan Library -- Fiction
Racism -- United States -- Fiction
Sound recordings
Women librarians -- Fiction
title_displayThe personal librarian
title_fullThe Personal Librarian
The personal librarian / Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
title_shortThe personal librarian
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African American women
African American women librarians
BIPOC
Black people
Fiction
Greene, Belle da Costa
Historical Fiction
History
Literature
Minority groups
Passing (Identity)
Racism
Women librarians