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Author: Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: June 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593409701

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The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian—who 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. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her 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 go—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

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  • “An untold story that is simply amazing. It’s 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 revelatory…Benedict, who is white and…Murray, who is Black, joined forces to create a novel of enthralling drama, humor, sensuality, and insight…in this captivating and profoundly enlightening portrayal.”

    - Booklist (starred review)

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About the Author

Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of more than twenty novels including Stand Your Ground, which was named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She has won nine African American Literary Awards for Fiction, was named Female Author of the Year, and is a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction. Visit her website at VictoriaChristopherMurray.com.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.