The Personal Librarian

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Product Details

Price
$27.00  $24.84
Publisher
Berkley Books
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780593101537

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About the Author

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator. A graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, Carnegie's Maid, The Other Einstein, and Lady Clementine. All have been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.

Victoria Christopher Murray is an acclaimed author with more than one million books in print. She has written more than twenty novels, including Stand Your Ground, an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Reviews

"An extraordinary tale that is both brilliant historical fiction and an important and timely commentary on racism. By holding up an unflinching mirror and illuminating this little-known chapter in American history, these two gifted authors have penned a work that is a must-read."
--Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

"A marvel of a story. This unflinching look at one woman's meteoric rise through New York's high society is enthralling, lyrical, and rife with danger. Belle's painful secret and her inspiring courage will capture - and break - your heart. Serious kudos to Benedict and Murray for bringing this true story to life."
--Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

"The Personal Librarian illuminates the extraordinary life of an exceptional, intelligent woman who had to make the impossible choice to live as an imposter or sacrifice everything she'd achieved and deserved. That Belle denied her true identity in order to protect herself and her family from racial persecution speaks not only to her times but also to ours, a hundred years later. All that glitters is not gold. This is a compelling and important story."
--Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Neighborhood

"As richly depicted as the lush world of art and literature Belle da Costa Greene presided over...an immersive, sweeping delight as well as an intimate, moving, and powerful portrait of Belle's personal and professional life. An unforgettable, captivating read!"
--Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

Meticulously researched, heartbreaking, and inspiring...a fascinating look at a very public figure fighting a deep private battle, whose story still resonates with surprising power and immediacy today.
--Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names

An untold story that is simply amazing. It's timely and impactful.
--Brenda Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Follow Your Heart

A stunning and timely novel about a woman who, in forging a path for herself, had to battle constantly against the limitations society tried to place upon her due to her gender - and who also had to hide her true identity from a racist world...both a triumph and a fitting tribute to Belle's courage, her fierce desire to protect her family and her personal struggle to be both the woman she was, and the woman she was not allowed to be.
--Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret

"An intimate and extraordinary conversation with the past. As Belle da Costa Greene achieves her dreams by forsaking an identity, we wonder if we would or could do the same to irrevocably alter the literary world and our family. A novel abundant with culture, art, literature, and romance--the beauty and recklessness of love are revealed with astonishing clarity."
--Patti Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Surviving Savannah

"From the moment I picked up The Personal Librarian, I was in awe of Belle da Costa Greene. My heart went out as she navigated the life she lived and the one she hid.... Belle's story couldn't come at a more fitting time as our country faces a united path forward."
--ReShonda Tate Billingsley, National bestselling author of A Little Bit of Karma

"Upon starting this novel, be prepared to do nothing else until you've reached its poignant, reflective end. Through brilliant pacing and with painstaking care, Benedict and Murray paint a vibrant portrait of a woman whose accomplishments, relationships, and secretive history were as complex and intriguing as the collections she helped curate...a timely, provocative read perfect for book clubs. I loved it.
--Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday

From the opulent gilded age ballrooms of New York, to the fiercely competitive auction houses of Europe, The Personal Librarian is a poignant story of race, class and one woman's struggle to live authentically."
--Renee Rosen, Author of The Social Graces