The Personal Librarian: A Remarkable Story of an Extraordinary Woman
Are you ready to dive into the world of historical fiction? Hold on tight because Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray’s latest work, The Personal Librarian, is the best ride you’ll have all summer.
This book transports you to early 20th century New York City, where young 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. With her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating skills, Belle quickly becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world.
But Belle has a secret that she must protect at all costs – she is African American, born as Belle Marion Greener. In a racist world that views people of color as inferior, Belle is forced to hide her true identity and pass as white. As she helps create a world-class collection, Belle must also protect her carefully crafted white identity, with potentially devastating consequences for her career and her family.
The Personal Librarian tells Belle’s remarkable story, full of intrigue, adventure, and daring. Benedict and Murray have crafted a fast-paced, engaging narrative that keeps you hooked until the very end. The book’s historical detail is impressive, transporting you to the sights and sounds of early 20th century New York City, and capturing the vivid personalities of Belle’s contemporaries.
What sets The Personal Librarian apart, though, is the emotional depth that it brings to Belle’s story. As she struggles to balance her career and her personal life, hiding parts of herself from the world, you can’t help but feel for her as a person, not just a character in a book. Her perseverance in the face of adversity is both inspiring and heart-wrenching.
Overall, The Personal Librarian is historical fiction at its best – a gripping story that entertains, educates, and moves you. It’s no wonder that it’s an instant New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. If you’re looking for a book that will transport you to another time and place, while also raising important questions about race, identity, and power, then The Personal Librarian is the perfect summer read. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
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