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The Personal Librarian de Marie Benedict

The Personal Librarian (edição: 2021)

de Marie Benedict (Autor), Victoria Christopher Murray (Autor)

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Título:The Personal Librarian
Autores:Marie Benedict (Autor)
Outros autores:Victoria Christopher Murray (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2021), 352 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca

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The Personal Librarian de Marie Benedict


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DNF. Borrowed this one from my local library. It started out OK but quickly bored me. Bad writing and the characters are all stereotype (the ambitious mother, the obedient daughter, the quirky mogul, etc.) I put it aside to move on to something more engaging, and my loan expired. Not worth renewing or borrowing again. ( )
  Cariola | Oct 10, 2021 |
All I can say is wow! Although fictionalized, the life, times and struggles of Belle have open my eyes to new things; I'd never heard of the Pierpont Morgan Library before. Thank you for broadening my horizons! Also, thank you Marie and Victoria for adding to my list of nonfiction books to read. ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Oct 10, 2021 |
A lot to love about this book. Belle's career is fascinating. Lots of great historical details from a time period I don't know a ton about. And of course a lot to think about regarding our country's messy history with racism. I had never heard of Belle de Costa Greene before reading this book, but I'm really grateful I know about her now. What an incredible female historical figure. ( )
  AngelClaw | Oct 3, 2021 |
I bought this book for my own educational benefit, and I have been driven to read by my friends praise for it. I was not let down at all and urge everyone to read it too. Belle de Costa Greene was an extraordinary black woman.

Highly intelligent, she started Princeton in 1905 and was hired as personal librarian for J. P. Morgan the most important man in New York. Her family was broken by a very deep conflict. Her father fought constantly for racial equality, while her mother had her children change their names and fabricated a relative who was Portuguese. Her parents separated, and her mother put on the census form that the family was white. In a way, Belle was the sacrificial lamb of the family.. Her mother forced her t0 deny her slave roots and act white to get the best education and her unusual, esteemed career. Belle had to know more than any person she instructed, sparred with, and she had to think on her feet. Belle ranked high in the social circuits, worrying her whole life that she would be found out. Her contribution to the J.P, Morgan library and collection cannot not be overestimated. Belle made them great. This tale is fictionalized but extremely well researched. I can well understand why working on and writing this book was a life-changing experience for the author. ( )
  Carolee888 | Oct 2, 2021 |
Historical fiction closely based on the real life of Belle da Costa Greene, the personal librarian to J. P. Morgan in the early 1900s.

Greene story is about her and part of her family passing for white in N.Y.C., of the inner turmoil of not being able to interact with some family (those who remained on the other side of the color line), and of the constant fear of her secret being discovered. But it is also a story of failed promises after Reconstruction, the fight for civil rights and also of art, books, fashion and culture during the early 1900s.

The Epilogue and Authors notes at the end are very interesting. ( )
  deslivres5 | Sep 28, 2021 |
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