The Personal Librarian Audiobook

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The Personal Librarian Marie Benedict Audiobook

From New York Times best-selling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray comes a remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as White in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

Belle da Costa Greene, in her twenties, is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly constructed Pierpont Morgan Library. As she contributes to the creation of a world-class collection, Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works.

But Belle has a secret that she must keep hidden at all costs. She was born Belle Marion Greener, not Belle da Costa Greene. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black Harvard graduate and a well-known equality advocate. Belle’s complexion is dark because she is African American, not because of her alleged Portuguese heritage, which allows her to pass as white.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman known for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to protect her family and legacy while maintaining her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

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Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict was a young woman when a treasured aunt — who also happened to be an English professor — gave her a book that opened her eyes to the hidden world of women’s stories and voices that lurked in the shadows of the past. The epiphany she had while immersed in The Mists of Avalon is one she hopes to share with readers of her own books as she unearths important but unknown historical women from the detritus of the past and brings them into the light of modern day where their very contemporary contributions and issues can be explored.

Marie’s path to authorship was circuitous, involving a decade as a commercial litigator in New York City and failed archaeology aspirations — but now that she’s arrived, she’s wasting no time in writing her narratively connected series of historical novels, which began with The Other Einstein, the story of Einstein’s first wife, a physicist who made important contributions to his theories, and continued with Carnegie’s Maid, the story of an Irish immigrant

Lady Clementine (Jan 2020) is the story of Clementine Churchill, and it was an instant international bestseller. Her next novel, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie, was released in January 2021, and her first co-written book, The Personal Librarian, was released in June 2021 with the talented Victoria Christopher Murray. Her Hidden Genius, her most recent novel, was released in January 2022. The Mitford Affair will premiere in January 2023.

Marie, a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College and a cum laude graduate of Boston University School of Law, lives in Pittsburgh with her family after working as a commercial litigator in New York City for a decade. Marie also wrote the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare under the pen name Heather Terrell.

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Correct myself, most days, charlotte gertrude and i walked together from their large family home on university drive, where i have a room and share meals with charlotte gertrude and the rest of their family. Who live in the house as well from the first charlotte and gertrude, have welcomed me into their home and social circles with warmth and generosity and have provided me with abundant guidance at work? I cannot imagine what my time in princeton would have been like without them. Dell, why are you fussing about what to call aunt charlotte there’s nobody in here, but you and me gertrude mock scolds me. I don’t say what i’m thinking that gertrude doesn’t need to assess every single moment of every single day against societal standards to ensure her behavior passes muster.

She has no need to analyze her words, her walk her manner, but i do even with gertrude. I must act with care, particularly given the heightened scrutiny in this university town, which operates as if it lies in the segregated south, rather than in the supposedly more progressive north. The distinctive clip of miss adams’s shoes sounds in the hallway outside my office door and gertrude’s skirt rustles. As she moves to leave. She has as much fondness for my office mate as i do, and she’ll skedaddle before she can get locked into a conversation before she exits the office altogether.

She turns back to me, whispering. Are you still free for the philosophy lecture tonight since woodrow wilson assumed the presidency of princeton university three years ago and instituted all sorts of scholastic reform? The number of lectures open to staff and members of the community has increased while gertrude and i revel in being included in the academic life of the campus. I loathe certain of wilson’s other decisions, such as maintaining princeton as a whites only university when all the other ivy league schools have admitted colored folks, but i would never voice aloud these views instead, i say: wouldn’t miss it for the world. The quiet of the stacks wraps around me, like a soft, blanket, i relax into the subdued hush of patrons turning pages in the scent of leather bindings.

My long days spent in the company of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, calm and delight me imagining the labors of the first printing press users as they memorialized the english language and broadly disseminated its literature through the meticulous work of placing the type letter by letter. Transforming empty pages into beautiful text to inspire worshipers and readers transports me beyond the limitations of this time and place just as papa always believed to him. The written word could act as an invitation to free thought and the broader world, and nowhere was that more true than in the dawn of the printed word, where, for the first time that invitation could be made to the masses instead of a select few miss green. I hear a soft voice from beyond the stacks two simple words, but my visitors, modulated tone and distinctive accent, give him away, and anyway, i’ve been waiting for him good day. Mr morgan, i reply turning in his direction, even though i’m talking softly miss scott glances.

Up from the circulation desk with a disapproving skull, it isn’t so much the volume of my speech as the pleasantness of my relationship with the fellow librarian and collection benefactor that vexes her. While mr junius morgan is ostensibly a banker, he has generously donated dozens of ancient and medieval manuscripts to the university, which is why he also holds the titular position of associate head librarian. I’M convinced that ms scott thinks any sort of relationship between us, even the cordial professional one we share is beneath him a slight man with wispy brown hair and a kindly expression behind his circular glasses materializes. How are you today miss green? Well, sir, and yourself, my tone is…

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