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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Last: The Ice Swan 😍

Current: The Personal Librarian (#botm) & The Hellion

Next: The Holly and the Ivy

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Cinfhen
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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While the writing isn‘t overly polished the sheer brightness and magnitude of Belle da Costa Greene is spectacular. Based on the true account of Belle Marion Greener, a black woman passing as white, who was the personal librarian for JP Morgan & in charge of acquiring & purchasing rare manuscripts and art for the NY scion. Her position was unheard of for a woman in the early 1900‘s let alone one who had to hide her color & true identity.

Lynnsoprano I‘ve been meaning to add this to my TBR. Stacked! 4w
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squirrelbrain Great review! I loved this one too. ❤️📚 4w
SamAnne I was introduced to Belle in Timothy Egan‘s Short Night of the Shadow Catcher, about the photographer Edward Curtis (highly recommend). I‘ve wanted to read more about Belle ever since. Have this on my shelf but haven‘t started yet. 4w
Cinfhen Thanks for the rec @SamAnne 🤩I definitely will check it out. I really think you‘re gonna like this book @Lynnsoprano it was very good @squirrelbrain 4w
Librarybelle Belle Green had a very interesting story 4w
KarenUK Stacking this one 💕 4w
Verity I think I have this on one of my lists - but I wasn‘t impressed with her book about Hedy Lamar - is this better? 4w
Cinfhen @Verity I haven‘t read that one ( I do own it) but I‘ve read two others and enjoyed them both, it‘s not so much her writing that‘s great but Marie Benedict chooses fascinating women to write about!! I liked this one 4w
Verity @Cinfhen thank you! Have you read the Christie Affair? It came out last year and is another take on the same thing. There‘s a lot of Christie out there atm- I have the Lucy Worsley biography to read too! 3w
Cinfhen I have read the Christie Affair @Verity I liked it even though others did not and I recently bought the bio too…it was an Audible deal which I‘m looking forward to 🥰 3w
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CocoReads
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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My rooms still a mess, and the tension headache I‘ve had most of the week is back, but I‘m done with the book! On some level I knew these types of positions exist, but I had no idea what they really were about. But there‘s so many layers to Belle‘s life, I couldn‘t possibly get into all my thoughts here. Just a great read and my second book of 2023.

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CocoReads
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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My rooms a mess and I don‘t feel real great this morning but book group is tomorrow and I still have half the book to read. So I‘m going to have my breakfast, read, and try to motivate myself to get some housework done. Happy Saturday Littens!

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Cinfhen
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I‘m really enjoying this #HF based on JPMorgan‘s personal librarian, Belle Costa de Green, a black woman passing for white in the early years of the twentieth century. Robin Miles is one of my favorite narrators. #52Books #BooksOnTheCover

squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 4w
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dabbe LOVED this book; I was sad to let go of the fantastic Ms. Belle. 😊 4w
KarenUK This sounds lovely…. 4w
Librarybelle I really liked this one! 4w
azulaco I‘m so-so on Marie Benedict‘s writing, but she chooses great subjects! 4w
Cinfhen I hear you @azulaco agree her writing is pretty simple but it‘s her subjects that SHINE!! Belle is a fascinating woman @Librarybelle @KarenUK @dabbe @squirrelbrain - I think it was your review Jess that put this book on my #ReadersRadar 😄 4w
Librarybelle Haha…wonderful!!! 4w
Bluebird I stacked this book the first time I saw it. So happy to see all the love! I need to push it up my TBR pile. 4w
Cinfhen Just finished the audio @Bluebird I really enjoyed - I recommend giving it a try ♥️ 4w
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Cinfhen
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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#UpNext Love Robin Miles 🙌🏻🎧♥️#52Books #BooksOnTheCover #Libby

BarbaraBB I think my parcel actually made it to Israel, unbelievable. My T&T says they delivered yesterday but you weren't at home. I hope they'll try again or that they left a pick-up point 🤞🏽😘 1mo
Cinfhen Look what I JUST posted @BarbaraBB #KISMIT XXXXX 1mo
Cinfhen Now hopefully your package arrives @BarbaraBB 1mo
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BarbaraBB 🤞🏽🤞🏽 it‘s been almost two months right? Unbelievable… 1mo
Cinfhen I shipped your gift on November 7 @BarbaraBB 😫 1mo
Megabooks She is fantastic!!! 1mo
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melissajayne
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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#12booksof2022 Another month in which I read one book. And I was ho-hum about the book.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 One of my favorite reads of 2022 1mo
Andrew65 A popular choice and on my TBR. 1mo
Andrew65 A popular choice and on my TBR. 1mo
Andrew65 A popular choice and on my TBR. 1mo
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Eggs
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Day 5 May 2022 #12BooksOf2022

J. P. Morgan‘s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene was a Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white. Her father was the first Black graduate of Harvard.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 This is sitting waiting for me on my TBR. 1mo
RowReads1 Is this one fictional? I‘ve always been fascinated with her. 1mo
Eggs @Andrew65 Maybe this is the year!! 1mo
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Eggs @RowReads1 it‘s historical fiction 1mo
Andrew65 @Eggs 🤞🤞🤞 1mo
dabbe Oh, how I loved this book! Fascinating, heartfelt, well-imagined. I fell in love with Ms. Belle da Costa Greene and did not want this book to end! 1mo
Eggs Agreed!! @dabbe 1mo
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CocoReads
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Happy New Year Littens! Here are my first 2 books of 2023! I‘m bouncing back and forth between them. The Personal librarian is for my IRL book group and I need to have it finished by next Sunday. Midnight Caller is just for fun. I‘m off today and tomorrow so I‘m hoping to make good progress.

AnneCecilie Happy New Year 🎆 1mo
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