In conversation with Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Recording available through August 3
The Personal Librarian tells the remarkable story of 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 in the Morgan Library. Author Fiona Davis calls this fictionalized account of Greene’s life “enthralling, lyrical, and rife with danger.”
In her 20s, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City Gilded Age 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. While she is an extraordinary woman, famously stylish and witty, she must go to great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.
Marie Benedict is a lawyer and the bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, The Other Einstein, Carnegie’s Maid, Lady Clementine, and others. Victoria Christopher Murray, an NAACP Image Award Winner, has penned 20 novels.
“Upon starting this novel, be prepared to do nothing else until you’ve reached its poignant, reflective end . . . a timely, provocative read perfect for book clubs.” —Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday
Watch as Good Morning America explains how its July Book Club Pick, The Personal Librarian, "is a cross between 'Bridgerton' and 'Succession.'"
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Please note that books will ship starting June 29, when the novel is published.