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The Personal Librarian por Marie Benedict
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The Personal Librarian (edição 2021)

por Marie Benedict (Autor)

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Título:The Personal Librarian
Autores:Marie Benedict (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2021), 352 pages
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Historical Fiction, based loosely, on the life of Belle da Costa Greene. In 1905 Belle was working in the library of Princeton University where she met Junius Morgan, a nephew to J.P. Morgan. At the time J.P. Morgan was building his library and Junius recommended Belle to his uncle when he was looking to help him with his growing collection. The two met, and Morgan was taken by her knowledge and hired her. However, Belle had a secret: She was a woman of color, living her life as white woman.

I knew nothing at all about Belle before picking up this book. It also intrigued me that Benedict partnered with another author, [a:Victoria Christopher Murray|56575|Victoria Christopher Murray|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1464572129p2/56575.jpg], to write this book. They did a fine job together telling the story of a woman shrouded in secrecy. Their research, although well done, left holes in Greene's story and so a lot of liberties were taken. Still, well written, well worth the read. If you should pick it up, be sure to read both of the author's notes at the end. Also, here is a great interview with them from the Washington Post:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/personal-librarian-marie-bene... ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
At the turn of the 20th century, Belle de Costa Greene emerges into New York City society and art world thanks to her new career as the librarian of J.P. Morgan's personal library. She quickly becomes known for her distinguishing good taste in acquisitions. This unexpected fame leaves Belle feeling frightened that her long-buried secret will be discovered and she will be revealed as a fraud. Can Bella keep her secret from the art world and those closest to her?
Benedict and Murray have painted a realistic and plausible fiction of a real-life library and arts icon. I would like to thank the authors for bringing this amazing woman to light. I was not aware of Belle de Costa Greene before reading The Personal Librarian. The pain and fear she must have endured just so she could not only live her dream, but thrive in a racist world; I am in awe. What further greatness could she have achieved had she been able to be her true self? ( )
  Bibliophilly | Sep 22, 2021 |
A highly researched biographical fiction account of the life of Belle deCosta Greene, J.P. Morgan's personal librarian. It was absolutely fascinating to see how a young black woman, who passed for white, landed the position she was truly perfectly prepared for and went about doing a most difficult job, for a demanding man, who expected perfection while at the same time keeping her private life secret. Absolutely wonderful, and filled to the brim with information about life among the very wealthy and intellectual in the early part of the twentieth century. The audio was astoundingly well done. ( )
  brenzi | Sep 15, 2021 |
2/3rds of this are sort of plodding, will they find out I'm passing tension during which very interesting activities are going on in the background and the last 1/3 is a series of staccato encounters in which our heroine is validated. I didn't feel the authors created a believable avatar of their subject and I certainly felt the people surrounding her lacked dimension and flavor. ( )
  quondame | Sep 12, 2021 |
A wonderful, dramatic and moving story of Belle de Costa Greene's career as J.P. Morgan's personal librarian. Benedict and Christopher Murray capture and present both Greene's professional and personal life with sensitivity and insight. Solid, satisfying, and well-researched and written. Definitely one of the best books I've read this year and in a long time.

The Personal Librarian reminds me how much our country has lost when The Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1870 were declared unconstitutional in 1883. Thousands of black lives lost due to Jim Crow laws; thousands of African-Americans not provided with substantial opportunities in education, employment and housing. No one benefits when any one is not given basic human kindness, respect, and acknowledgement. Prejudice, hate, greed, and racism took from all of us the benefits of the potential of great minds, of justice, equality, prosperity and love.

We need to seriously demand more of our leaders and politicians. They work for us; and need to get it right by providing justice, equality, opportunities to all of us without exception.
  Bookish59 | Sep 11, 2021 |
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