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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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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152473431
Checked out
01/29/2022
Greenburgh Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31009154804763
Checked out
01/23/2022
Greenburgh Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Express Item
31009154804771
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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31009154812527
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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Fiction
31009154812535
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Harrison Public Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010300255132
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Harrison Public Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010300256395
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Harrison West Harrison Branch Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010400116127
Checked out
02/01/2022
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library EXPRESS FICTION BENEDICT B&T (Text)
Express Item
31011151411402
Checked out
01/28/2022
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Book
31011151411337
Checked out
01/20/2022
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