THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN
by Marie Benedict
Victoria Christopher Murray
The year is 1905 and Jim Crow is progressively moving north. Belle De Costa Greene is hired away from Princeton University to become the director of American titan financier and industrialist J.P Morgan’s personal library and art collection. It’s not long before she’s charming New York society with her style, personality and intelligence. She’s trusted to attend male-dominated auctions throughout the world to secure the rare books and manuscripts she deems worthy, to complete the prominent collection that will make the Pierpont Morgan Library an unparalleled masterpiece. But Belle has a secret that only her family knows. The revelation of this secret will ruin everything she‘s gained…her career, her reputation and her relationships will all be in jeopardy…and to make it even more ominous, J.P. Morgan was notoriously known as being racist and anti-sematic (not unusual in the early 1900’s.)
THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, was about allegiance and deceit. It was both captivating and fascinating, depicting the life of a courageous, inventive and resourceful woman, who was virtually unknown historically. A very timely novel as well… although women have certainly made strides in the workplace, men still remain dominant…and racism and equality FOR ALL still remains a big problem that must be resolved!
This was an excellent read and is highly recommended.