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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 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-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives"--

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  • 5 of 68 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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106 current holds with 68 total copies.

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Ardsley Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31000151270017
Checked out
10/09/2021
Bedford Free Library FIC BEN (Text)
New Book
31002150817780
Checked out
10/09/2021
Bedford Hills Free Library BENEDICT (Text)
New Book
31003151577811
Checked out
09/30/2021
Briarcliff Manor Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31036150951603
Checked out
10/02/2021
Bronxville Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31004151780736
Checked out
10/06/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31005153448719
Checked out
09/17/2021
Chappaqua Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Express Item
31005153449097
Checked out
10/06/2021
Croton Free Library FICTION/BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31006151829306
On holds shelf
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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31008152473340
Checked out
09/27/2021
Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Express Item
31008152473431
Checked out
09/30/2021
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