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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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  • 41 of 87 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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4 current holds with 87 total copies.

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Dobbs Ferry Public Library BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31007151411921
Available
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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152446114
Checked out
03/22/2024
Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152446205
Checked out
03/18/2024
Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152446213
Available
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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152473340
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Eastchester Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31008152473431
Available
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Greenburgh Public Library BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31009154804763
Checked out
02/18/2024
Greenburgh Public Library BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31009154804771
Checked out
03/21/2024
Greenburgh Public Library BENEDICT (Text)
Available In Storage
31009154812527
Available
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Greenburgh Public Library BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31009154812535
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593101537
  • ISBN: 0593101537
  • ISBN: 9780593101544
  • ISBN: 0593101545
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2021]

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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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