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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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Harrison Public Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
Fiction
31010300255132
Checked out
02/28/2023
Harrison Public Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010300256395
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Harrison Public Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010300292143
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Harrison West Harrison Branch Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010400116127
Checked out
01/28/2023
Harrison West Harrison Branch Library BENEDICT, M. (Text)
New Fiction
31010400124436
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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Book
31011151411337
Checked out
05/01/2023
Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
Fiction
31011151411402
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Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library FICTION BENEDICT (Text)
New Book
31011151427507
Checked out
01/31/2023
Hendrick Hudson Free Library BENEDICT, MARIE (Text)
Fiction
31016151749131
Checked out
02/07/2023
Hendrick Hudson Free Library BENEDICT, MARIE (Text)
Fiction
31016151752150
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02/16/2023
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  • 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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