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The personal librarian

Summary: "In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J.P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society 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 create 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 a 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 Black. 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" --

Record details

  • ISBN: 0593101537
  • ISBN: 9780593101537
  • ISBN: 0593101545
  • ISBN: 9780593101544
  • Physical Description: print
    338 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Berkley trade paperback edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes readers guide.
Subject: Greene, Belle da Costa Fiction
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont) 1837-1913 Fiction
Pierpont Morgan Library Fiction
African American women librarians Fiction
Women librarians Fiction
Librarians Fiction
Passing (Identity) Fiction
Secrecy Fiction
Racism Fiction
Racism against Black people United States Fiction
New York (N.Y.) History 1898-1951 Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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  • 123 of 188 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 4 of 4 copies available at Rockingham County Public Library.


  • 25 current holds with 188 total copies.
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