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The personal librarian / Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Available copies

  • 6 of 19 copies available at Sage Library System. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Harney County Public Libraries. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Harney County Library.

Current holds

1 current hold with 19 total copies.

Summary:

"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. 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 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 she must go to--for the protection of her family and her legacy--to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives." -- Provided by publisher.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Harney County Library FIC BENED (Text) 37720000619072 New Adult Display Book Branch_Only_3months 09/03/2021 Checked out 10/25/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593101537
  • ISBN: 0593101537
  • Physical Description: 341 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"the Good Morning America Book Club -- A GMA Book Club Pick!" -- from front cover.
Summary, etc.:
"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. 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 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 she must go to--for the protection of her family and her legacy--to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Greene, Belle da Costa > Fiction.
African American women > Fiction.
Women librarians > Fiction.
Passing (Identity) > Fiction.
Pierpont Morgan Library > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > History > 1898-1951 > Fiction.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Novels.

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