The Personal Librarian Audiobook

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Audio Length

12.50 hours

Release Date

June 2021


MP3, Unabridged Audiobook


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Publisher Description

The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgans personal librarianwho 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. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont 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 a well-known advocate for equality. Belles complexion isnt dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as whiteher 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 to which she must gofor the protection of her family and her legacyto preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives. Download and start listening now!


An untold story that is simply amazing. Its timely and impactful. – Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author An extraordinary tale that is both brilliant historical fiction and an important and timely commentary. – Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author Every element of this blockbuster historical novel is compelling and revelatoryBenedict, who is white andMurray, who is Black, joined forces to create a novel of enthralling drama, humor, sensuality, and insightin this captivating and profoundly enlightening portrayal. – Booklist (starred review)