The Personal Librarian by Victoria Christopher Murray audiobook

The Personal Librarian

By Marie Benedict  and Victoria Christopher Murray
Read by Robin Miles

Penguin Audio 9780593101537
12.39 Hours 1
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The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick! “Historical fiction at its best!”*   A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, 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. 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 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 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.

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A New York Times bestseller

A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

A June 2021 LibraryReads Pick

The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick! “Historical fiction at its best!”*   A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, 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. 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 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Historical fiction at its best…The Personal Librarian spins a complex tale of deceit and allegiance as told through books.” Good Morning America
An excellent piece of historical fiction that many readers will find hard to put down.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Every element of this blockbuster historical novel is compelling and revelatory…Benedict, who is white and…Murray, who is Black, joined forces to create a novel of enthralling drama, humor, sensuality, and insight…in this captivating and profoundly enlightening portrayal.” Booklist (starred review)
“An untold story that is simply amazing. It’s timely and impactful.” Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author
“Both brilliant historical fiction and an important and timely commentary.” Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Victoria Christopher Murray

Author Bio: Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of more than twenty novels including Stand Your Ground, which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She has won nine African American Literary Awards for Fiction, was named Female Author of the Year, and is a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. Visit her website at VictoriaChristopherMurray.com.

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Author Bio: Marie Benedict

Author Bio: Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict is an author and former New York City lawyer. She has written a historical novel The Other Einstein to unravel the possible truths lurking in history through fiction. She has also written young-adult novels under the name Heather Terrell. She is a graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English