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The Personal Librarian
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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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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Scochrane26
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This was suggested to use for my church book club. I enjoyed this HF & am disappointed that I didn‘t know about the Library on my previous trips to NYC. Definitely want to go next time. 4 🌟

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Branwen
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My library is hosting Marie Benedict on the date above and while I'm a bit bummed it's virtual through Zoom and not in person, this means more people are able to come! 😄💕📚 If you like The Personal Librarian or any of her works, please think about signing up for this FREE event at my library! I'm moderating the event, and I'm VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT!

Register here!
https://farmlib.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=33537

Texreader That‘s awesome!! 3w
vivastory That's awesome that you're moderating this! 3w
Branwen @Texreader Thanks so much! I hope to see you there! 😄 💕📚 @vivastory Thanks so much, Scott! I hope you'll be able to tune in, if you have the time! 😄💕📚 3w
vivastory I will definitely tune in 🙂📚👏 2w
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BarkingMadRun
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This finally came in from the library after weeks of waiting! It was supposed to be my august book suggested by a friend, so I‘m a little behind 🤷🏻‍♀️

julieclair Do you do a “book suggested by a friend” each month? 1mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair back in December I posted on Facebook and took the first 12 suggestions my friends commented with. I‘ve only DNF‘d one so far, because it was a running book and I have arthritis in both knees, so I can‘t run 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
julieclair That is such a cool idea! And, unfortunately, we have knee arthritis in common. 😩 1mo
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BarkingMadRun @julieclair ugh I‘m so sorry! I know how rough it is. In the space of a year, I went from running marathons to limping if I walk too much 🙄🙄 1mo
julieclair Oh wow! That‘s really fast. Ugh. 1mo
BarkingMadRun @julieclair looking back, there are definitely signs, which I totally ignored 🤣 1mo
julieclair I think most of us are guilty of that… ignoring what our body is trying to tell us. 🙄 1mo
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Jnnlb
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AmyK1
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I didn‘t have a lot of the #letterP to choose from. The tagged was good though. The Princess Bride is a very close second (though I do love the movie more. Probably because I‘d seen it so many times before I read the book 😂)

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve started this one! Thank you for playing!! 2mo
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Blueberry
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Starting today for my F2F bookclub.

SamAnne I plan to read this month. 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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Wonderful! Brilliant historical fiction that sparkles from page one. The life of Belle da Costa Greene was just as remarkable as she was and I‘m so thankful to have learned her story. The authors careful handling of her life story is so appreciated and I encourage readers to be sure to read the authors‘ notes at the end of the book-they really enhanced my reading experience and understanding. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday! I‘m starting this new beauty here at my favorite beach. The sun should be coming out in the next hour but I‘m loving it here anyways. Keep reading❤️❤️ #thepersonallibrarianbeachreads #nytbestseller

SamAnne This has been on my list for a long time, 3mo
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suvata
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#LMPBC Round 14 - #GroupA
@Jerdencon @smalldogs_bigbooks2419

@suvata has mailed a book to @IndoorDame

Thanks, y‘all. It was a fun round.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 You read that SO fast!! I feel like I‘m way behind. Leaving for a camping trip today. Debating whether I‘m comfortable bringing a book that doesn‘t belong to me. We‘ve all managed to keep each other‘s books in pretty good shape and I‘m nervous something will happen to it. 3mo
suvata @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 The only reason I am able to read so quickly is because I‘m retired. Don‘t worry about camping. As long as the book isn‘t completely trashed every other little mark just gives it character. Happy camping! 🏕 3mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @suvata I did spill a drop of coffee on it a few days ago and still feel really guilty. I don‘t mind so much when things happen to my books, but I feel awful when things happen to other people‘s property because I wasn‘t paying enough attention. 😞 3mo
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suvata @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Believe me, it happens to all of us. 3mo
Jerdencon Think I never got this months book? The Birth of Venus should it have been? Just want to make sure it wasn‘t lost @IndoorDame @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 3mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @Jerdencon uh oh! Not a big deal if my book did get lost. I got it for free. I would have liked to read everyone‘s thoughts though. I‘m also not sure @IndoorDame got a chance to read The Secret Wife. I haven‘t come across any notes from her and I‘m coming up on the half way point in the book. 3mo
Jerdencon @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I don‘t think she had read it 3mo
suvata Well I definitely read it and passed it onto @IndoorDame 3mo
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suvata
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• Read in June 2022 for Litsy Markup Postal Book Club #LMPBC Round 14 - Group A

Interesting historical book about New York City society in the early 1900s and of the lifetime fear of a woman “passing” in a world made up of rich white men. Belle was a remarkable person.

Great book to wrap up #LMPBC Round 14

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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@suvata I just brought the book to the Post Office. Estimated delivery date 6/22. Tracking number 9549 0101 4222 2165 0116 34
@Jerdencon @IndoorDame I can‘t believe we‘re almost done with this swap! It‘s been so fun and I‘m really looking forward to getting our own books back and reading each other‘s comments. 🥰

suvata Great! I‘ve heard this is a really good book so I‘m anxious to start it. 4mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @suvata it‘s definitely been the one I‘ve enjoyed the most so far. My glasses getting damaged definitely threw me off, but I was also just savoring an amazing story and not wanting it to end. 4mo
suvata @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 pretty much everyone that I know, that has read it, loved it. Happy that you did too. 4mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @suvata I might take a little break from historical fiction after we‘re done with this swap, but I want to read more books by Marie Benedict. 4mo
suvata @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Yes, I think she is a wonderful author. And I know what you mean about historical fiction. I am very burned out on World War II books. Lol 4mo
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Lizwarnerpdx
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What a fascinating story! Learning the intimate details of how JP Morgan‘s personal librarian carved a role for a successful women in the world of art & wealth was really interesting. It to learn that age did it while passing as white and all the struggles that come with that really made it intriguing. Very well written & enjoyable.

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TheBookKeepers
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Finally got some shelving for our library we were renovating! I‘m so in love!! How do you guys organize your books?

I went with genre. But if I had multiple shelves of the same genre I grouped them as TBR or Read 😂

Suet624 Beautiful shelves! 4mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 😍 I also (loosely) shelve by genre. 4mo
Amiable Gorgeous! I group by genre (fiction and nonfiction) and then by subject matter within the nonfiction. 4mo
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MaureenMc Love this! My organization is nearly nonexistent- simply divided into “read” and “unread.” 4mo
Kimberlone Fabulous shelves! I wish I had room for that many! 4mo
Soubhiville Very pretty! I group by genre, then shelves alphabetically by author. My TBR has an entire case to itself! Lol. 4mo
Nute Spectacular! I love to see people‘s book spaces!💕 4mo
Oryx Beautiful 4mo
Aims42 I organize by genre. I read an interview with an author who organizes her books by which books/characters could be good friends with other books/characters and I liked that 😊 4mo
Tamra Love it! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Gorgeous! I group into Fiction, Nonfiction, and YA. Within Fiction and YA it‘s alphabetical by author, and Nonfiction is by topic. But then I have the next 10 or so books I want to read in a different location altogether. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
LeahBergen It looks gorgeous! I shelve my genre, too. 4mo
Simona Your library looks perfect❣️I have just two categories on my shelves - fiction and nonfiction. 4mo
TheLudicReader Love your shelves. I organize by author‘s last name and I have an entirely different shelf for my tbr books, and another couple shelves for miscellaneous books including childhood books, university books, travel books etc. 4mo
TheBookKeepers Thank you everyone!!! I love seeing all the different ways everyone organizes their shelves! 🤗 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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I‘m so far behind on writing reviews, it‘s ridiculous—but I was reminded of this one when I finished reading Passing today. Similar themes, but a very different book. I was fascinated to learn more about Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan, but I was disappointed in the book overall. The writing felt too bland & the characterization too gossipy/sensational. That said, I was impressed that Marie Benedict sought out ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Continued) …a Black woman co-author who could speak to Belle‘s experience and understand Belle in ways a white woman could not. I do think I‘m going to seek out a biography of Belle to fill in the history that felt overly sensationalized here! (edited) 5mo
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melissajayne
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3.5⭐️ I read it for a number of reasons, namely because I had heard about the subject of the novel on one of my numerous book podcasts. I thought the book was ok, despite the subject matter. #2022 #bookreview #bookstagram #historicalfiction #fiction #ebook #overbookedclub

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Litsi
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The gist of this book is that JP Morgan‘s librarian was both super successful and passing as white. Here‘s her photo. Honestly, she is obvs not white to me. I think she passed despite her appearance because people couldn‘t believe that a black woman could be so capable and not only out negotiate men but understand and cherish the whitest of things: 12th-17th c European art. Full review https://www.facebook.com/1082882538/posts/10224799137740767/

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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@Jerdencon @suvata @IndoorDame Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work!! This is the one I‘ve really been looking forward to. I can‘t wait to get started! 🤗 #LMPBS #groupA #round14

IndoorDame I hope you enjoy it! 5mo
Jerdencon Enjoy! 5mo
RenePenn Loved this one. 5mo
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LatrelWhite Excellent👏🏽👏🏽 5mo
Jerdencon @IndoorDame just wondering if you mailed my book yet this month - just wanted to make sure it wasn‘t lost somewhere 5mo
IndoorDame @Jerdencon I‘m actually mailing it today. I‘m SO sorry it‘s late. I was ill last month and kept hoping I‘d get to finish it before I sent it out, but it‘s not going to happen and I want the cycle to continue relatively unbroken, so hopefully it‘ll be at yours in a few days. 5mo
Jerdencon No worries - if you want to try to finish it - im a pretty quick reader as long as I have 5 days or so. I hope you are feeling better! 🤗 @IndoorDame (edited) 5mo
IndoorDame @Jerdencon thank you 🙏 that totally makes me feel better about being so late! But I‘m just going to send this one on and concentrate on reading this month‘s. I have so much to catch up on after being sick for so long. Luckily I am on the mend though! 5mo
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BarbaraJean I really appreciated that Marie Benedict saw that she needed to team with a voice who could understand and tell Belle's story in ways she herself could not. I loved their descriptions of the friendship that grew between them during the process of writing this book. 5mo
megnews I really appreciated this as well. The book just wouldn‘t have been the same without Murray‘s voice. 5mo
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sblbooks 6. I think JPMorgan was unaware of her ethnicity. I don't think he would have let that slide. 5mo
sblbooks 10 I have read about passing and other historical fiction novels, it's understandable specially in times of slavery. 5mo
sblbooks 11 Belle sacrificed a relationship with her family, including her father. She was never able to really be honest, or have a true friend. She was able to have an easier life in lot of ways. Belle was able to care for her family monetarily. She was able to travel and live the high life, so to speak. She was able to have a career and prestige and she never would have had otherwise. 5mo
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BarbaraJean 10 - I was somewhat familiar with passing--I have a friend who struggles with this as part of her heritage; she and her family are light-skinned and she was brought up to use passing as a way to navigate the world. But reading this helped me see that passing has very different nuances in different settings and probably looks different for everyone who passes at some point or another. 5mo
BarbaraJean 14 - I think she was satisfied with her choices, but I don't know if she was happy. I also don't think she would have done anything different. Her work was too important to her. @sblbooks I can't imagine having to constantly hide who you really are, never being able to fully confide in anyone, never having a true friend. And the pressure that would have placed on family relationships, as when the family returned for Belle's grandmother's funeral. 5mo
megnews @BarbaraJean I agree. To not be able to share your authentic self. To not be able to have kids. To navigate a racist world around you and not be able to say anything or feel anything. I can‘t imagine 5mo
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sblbooks 2 If Belle's father had not been treated the way he was, then her mother wouldn't have thought it was necessary for them to pass. 5mo
BarbaraJean 2 - To have the position her father held, to see his ideals seemingly becoming realized, and then to have it fall apart was heartbreaking. And the very different reactions by both of Belle's parents made perfect sense, but their separation was equally heartbreaking. 5 - I think Belle must have felt deserted by her father, but I think she also understood why he had to take a different path. I loved that the authors imagined a reunion between them. 5mo
megnews @sblbooks @BarbaraJean I really struggled with the mother‘s willingness to separate in order to pass. I had a few uncomfortable moments about her mother‘s choosing this route. It was interesting how Belle reflected on this throughout the novel. 5mo
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megnews
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Time for #OverBookedClub discussion. Check my page for the other posts with questions marked with spoilers. Questions from readinggroupguides.com

sblbooks Belle was extremely intelligent, she had the opportunity to be educated. The fact that she was encouraged by her father helped her tremendously. Her bold, strong-willed personality was also a factor. 5mo
BarbaraJean @sblbooks I agree that her personality played a huge part in her success--I think it helped open the door for her to be taken seriously. Her boldness and determination, combined with her intelligence, enabled her to make the most of every opportunity she had. 5mo
megnews @sblbooks @BarbaraJean I agree with you both. I am always struck by women who made it during this time period when so few did. They had to have a strong personality and tenacity. While both her parents laid a foundation and provided for her to succeed, she had to have that drive to succeed. 5mo
Readswithcoffee Sorry to be late to the conversation. Her strong personality and her charisma (difficult to define, but you know it when you encounter it) combined with her intelligence and education all contributed to her success. 5mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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As a bibliophile and lover of libraries, I wanted to love this book about J.P. Morgan‘s librarian. Belle de Costa Greene was a remarkable woman who absolutely deserves to be a more well known figure in our history. Her intelligence, wit, style, and tenacity are evident and the novel is well-researched. However, I found the book to be a dull and inadequate vehicle to bring this extraordinary example of Black excellence into the spotlight. 2⭐️

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megnews
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I struggled with the circumstances of Bella‘s family passing for white for the first third of the novel. There was something about it that made me so uncomfortable for them. But I enjoyed her life story more and more as I went on. Very interesting piece of history. #OverBookedClub

sarahbellum Yay! Glad you liked it! ☺️ 5mo
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sblbooks
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Panpan

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I'm sad to say that the #OverbookedClub pick was a major disappointment this time. This was like reading Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and all their indiscretions.
Small Great Things was much more interesting if you want to read about race relations. @megnews
#ThingsInCommon @Clwojick
The Story Collector & The Personal Librarian: Library
The Personal Librarian & Small Great Things: main characters are African American/Black/POC

sarahbellum I was really hoping it was a me thing with The Personal Librarian. Sorry you didn‘t like it either! 5mo
Clwojick 💖💖 5mo
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Readswithcoffee
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This is an interesting novel about Belle de Costa Greene, J.P. Morgan‘s personal librarian. Belle becomes very influential in the art and book world all while hiding a huge secret - she is a Black woman “passing” as white (not a spoiler; info given in the book description).

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sarahbellum
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Here‘s a cute picture of our pup, Gus, to make this review less of a bummer. As a librarian and decent human, I wanted to love this book so much. The story of Belle should be shouted from the rooftops, but her real story, not this dry and gossip-tinted one. I stopped halfway out of sheer boredom and complete disinterest in the romance that was brewing. No story arc in sight. Sigh. Sorry #overbookedclub, I hope I‘m the outlier here!
#dogsoflitsy

LeahBergen Blah! I read a very good biography of her which you might like better? 6mo
TrishB And it is a cute pic ♥️ 6mo
sarahbellum @LeahBergen I‘ve heard great things about that biography! 6mo
sarahbellum @TrishB We tuckered him out at the dog park today 😇 6mo
Megabooks What a cutie!! 💜 6mo
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sarahbellum
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Friends, I‘m a little over 100 pages in and… I am so bored 🥱. I want to love this book, but instead I‘m contemplating bailing. Does anything actually happen or is it just a bunch of stilted writing and name dropping? #overbookedclub

megnews Ugh. I hope something happens! I haven‘t started yet so can‘t help you. 6mo
sblbooks Oh no, I haven't started it yet either. 6mo
sarahbellum @megnews @sblbooks I really hope you both wind up liking it more than I did! 6mo
sblbooks @sarahbellum well, I didn't like it either.😞 5mo
sarahbellum @sblbooks aww bummer! 5mo
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Branwen
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Happy Monday, littens! I have a super exciting bookish thing to share! 💕📚💕 My library is hosting a bestselling author this fall; to do an interview, sign books, and talk to the community. Historical fiction author Marie Benedict is who was chosen! AND I WAS CHOSEN TO BE THE MODERATOR/INTERVIEWER FOR THIS EVENT! 😲 Can you believe it?! I sure can't! Out of everyone that works at both branches THEY CHOSE ME! 🎉 I am so grateful AND SO EXCITED!

KateReadsYA That's amazing. Congrats, I'm happy for you!!!! 🤗 6mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 👏👏👏 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Congratulations! That's awesome! 6mo
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glowyone *someone we hope will be Marie! Cross your fingers! 6mo
squirrelbrain How exciting - congratulations! 🎉 6mo
MaureenMc Fantastic! 👏 6mo
DaveGreen7777 WOO-HOO!!! Congratulations, Becky! 🙌 6mo
Branwen @KateReadsYA @DaveGreen7777 @MaureenMc @squirrelbrain @glowyone @CoffeeNBooks @Ruthiella Thank you so much everyone! 😃💕📚 @glowyone Hee hee! I am keeping all my fingers crossed! And toes too! 😄❤📖 And I'm clinging to that 90% hope you gave me! 😁😂 6mo
glowyone 😁😁😁😁😁 6mo
Branwen @glowyone Also...I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU ON HERE! DOES THIS MEAN YOU'LL BE USING LITSY MORE?! 📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚📚 6mo
Nute That‘s exciting news! Congratulations! 6mo
Branwen @Nute Thank you so much! 6mo
Dragon Congratulations 🎉 what an honour! You‘re a great choice! 💚🐉 6mo
vivastory A big congrats! They def chose the right person! 6mo
Branwen @Dragon @vivastory Thank you so very much! That means a lot! 📚❤ 6mo
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LitsyEvents
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All are welcome to join #OverBookedClub in reading The Personal Librarian in April. Discussion at the end of the month. I‘ve tagged those who expressed interest. If you‘d like to be tagged, please let me know.

Repost for @megnews

megnews Thanks! 6mo
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megnews
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All are welcome to join #OverBookedClub in reading The Personal Librarian in April. Discussion at the end of the month. I‘ve tagged those who expressed interest. If you‘d like to be tagged, please let me know.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m interested! 6mo
megnews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll add you to the list! 6mo
Readswithcoffee Please keep me in the loop. 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah I‘d love to join the discussion. I read the book earlier this year and really enjoyed it. 6mo
megnews @Zuhkeeyah sounds great! I‘ll add you to the list. 6mo
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Jerdencon
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IndoorDame Glad it arrived safely 😊 6mo
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IndoorDame
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Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
LitStephanie I want a personal librarian. 6mo
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IndoorDame
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#LMPBC #Round14 Update

I finished this month‘s books & definitely enjoyed both! I‘ll be sending The Personal Librarian to @Jerdencon & Snapdragon to @LibrarianRyan tomorrow

I got The Secret Wife in the mail today. Thanks @suvata Looking forward to reading that one!

I don‘t think I have The Perfume Thief back from #Round13 yet. @phantomx Do you have that one? If so, can you let me know when you send it out so I know when to be on the lookout?

phantomx @IndoorDame I will definitely let you know when I send The Perfume Thief back to you 6mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 6mo
IndoorDame @phantomx awesome, thx! 6mo
phantomx @IndoorDame Sent out your pick, should arrive to you by Saturday or Monday 6mo
IndoorDame Great! Thanks 6mo
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LitsyEvents
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#OverBookedClub picks for April to June! Looking forward to reading and discussing with you. All welcome!

Visit @megnews for more information

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Purpleness
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A fascinating fictionalised look at a tough, smart, and persevering woman of colour whom I am sad to say I had never heard of before reading this book.

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Jnnlb
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#OverBookedClub picks for April to June! Looking forward to reading and discussing with you. All welcome!

sblbooks I'm looking forward to these!🎉 7mo
SilversReviews Enjoyed THE EXILES. THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN dragged a bit. BAND OF SISTERS - couldn‘t finish. I hope you have better luck with it. I should have kept going, though. A friend said it took a bit, but she got into it. 7mo
TheBookHippie I‘ll see you in June! I had issues with the personal librarian as she wrote real well known history incorrectly several times - but I loved The Exiles I may reread it! 7mo
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Deblovestoread I‘ll probably skip April but will be back for May and June. 7mo
sarahbellum I might join y‘all in April if my other reading plans don‘t become too overwhelming 🙃 7mo
BarbaraJean I‘m going to try to join in for April—I‘ve been wanting to read The Personal Librarian! 7mo
Readswithcoffee I have the first one on hold and am hoping it comes through on time. C‘mon people ahead of me on the wait list, read faster! 😂 7mo
melissajayne I will try to read April‘s selection, but will for sure be there for May and June. 6mo
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IndoorDame
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I started my book for #LMPBC #Round14 #GroupA yesterday. I‘m loving this one so far! It‘s definitely thought provoking, and I‘m finding myself writing more notes that I often do, even in postal markup books. So far it‘s easy reading even though it‘s not really easy subject matter, so we‘ll see how far I get this weekend. @suvata @Jerdencon @smalldogs_bigbooks2419

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JackieGreco
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I really enjoyed this book and the history of the personal librarian to JP morgan. She had to hide her true identity as an African American woman in order to rise to such a successful and influential position. 5/5

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suvata
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crazyspine
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I'm not that big of a fan of Benedict. Not knocking her, just not my cup of tea. I don't know if it's the subject matter, the fact that this has a co-author, but I enjoyed this. Rather than exploring an alternate history, this is storacle fiction follows a true woman whose father was the first African American to graduate from Harvard, but she passed her adulthood as white, I'm broke gender barriers to become J.P. Morgan's personal librarian.

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SaraHasClass
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Historical fiction; this is the fascinating story of Belle da Costa Greene. Her notoriety as a career woman during the Gilded Age, personal librarian to JP Morgan, and partner in creating the Peirpont Morgan Library is an astonishing story, a nod to feminine strength & poise. Belle spent her entire life "passing" as white, hiding in plain sight & setting the art world on fire with her keen mind and sharp wits. This is moving story--one of a kind.

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BookBosomed1
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4 ⭐️ This 📖 is an acct of Belle da Costa Greene, a WOC who passed as white &, thus, was able to serve as J.P. Morgan‘s curator. The 📖 discusses the sacrifices, suffering, & courage it requires to hide the authentic self all bc of racism. This 📖 is a great tool for sparking discussion; also compelling is that the authors are from disparate racial backgrounds. In the 📖 notes & interviews, they share what it was like to work together.

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Ericalambbrown
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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This is a wonderful book! It‘s the second I‘ve read of Ms Benedict‘s and the first I‘ve read of Ms Murray‘s. And it will not be my last for either author, I‘m sure. Of course, it‘s a fictionalization of Belle da Costa Greene‘s life, but the authors take care to call out where artistic license was taken in the historical notes at the end of the book. If you like thought-provoking historical fiction, I absolutely recommend this.

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crazyspine
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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19.The purpose of Power by Garza
20. The Deepest South of all.

Proud I read 6 books in January. If you count audio books, I'm on track to hit yearly goal. Here is my #Bookspin list. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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Johanna414
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I'm getting soooooo much accomplished at work today... if you count listening to an audiobook and #knitting an accomplishment 🤣
I'm almost 100 pages into this book and it really isn't doing much for me. I'm giving it another 50 to grab me or I'm gonna bail...
#audioknitting

BookBabe Pretty knitting! 🧶 8mo
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ahomelibrary
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Highly recommend this historical fiction telling the important story of one of the US‘s most notable librarians, Belle da Costa Greene, who had to hide her racial identity during the early 1900s in order to work in an esteemed position. Her skills and knowledge resulted to a curated collection of amazing rare books + manuscripts. This his fic is a co-written project that tells her story. Excellent writing and genuinely interesting/educational! 💜

ahomelibrary Oh! And it‘s rumored that it may be made into a television series! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo ❤️📚 8mo
ahomelibrary @AlwaysReading thank you :) 8mo
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Shievad
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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Historical fiction novel about Belle Decosta Green, the African-American (who was passing for white) librarian to JP Morgan. Very engaging novel! I usually don‘t like historical fiction but I liked this one. Made me interested in reading her biography.

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BookBosomed1
The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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The weekend forecast looks like a strong chance of books and more books.

SRWCF I will be reading The Laughing Policeman and finishing 9mo
RaeLovesToRead I'm going to be working on my resolution of sticking to book challenges by reading The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver... unless I get distracted by the sequel to Hyperion... orrrr another murder mystery 😁 9mo
BookBosomed1 @SRWCF Those titles are intriguing! 9mo
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BookBosomed1 @RaeLovesToRead 🤣 Distraction by another book is a real struggle. 9mo
tpixie I just finished The Personal Librarian & enjoyed it. I Will be discussed it with my IRL book club #FriendsWithBooks 9mo
BookBosomed1 @tpixie That‘s lovely! I‘m almost 1/2 way through. 9mo
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tpixie
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I‘m really enjoying reading about Belle Marion Greener / Belle da Costa Greene. Such an amazing woman who helped build JP Morgan‘s library, all while passing. There is great collaboration between the authors. Glad my IRL book club picked this book to read!

#FriendsWithBooks

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