Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

What an excellent history lesson.

I didn't know of Belle da Costa Greene. 

What an incredible woman in so many ways.

Belle da Costa Greene has to hide her identity of being a black woman as she works as the personal librarian of J.P. Morgan in a high profile job.  Her mother had listed the family's race as white for the census bureau against her husband’s wishes.

Belle’s life wasn't an easy one, but her skills at buying and selling art and archiving and cataloging books earned her respect in this field.

THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN is another extremely well-researched, interesting, brought-to-life book of an unknown-to-me woman.

Historical fiction fans and those who are fans of art will devour this book.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Will you be reading this book?

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. I would if I can track it down! not even been shown in Netgalley.

    1. I hope you find it, Mystica.

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Sounds really good, I did see this book somewhere and wondered. So would certainly read it.

    1. It is very interesting as all of her books are.

      Thank you for your comment, Kathryn.

  4. Thanks - have now ordered it from the library Cheers