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The Personal Librarian: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) (2021 original; edición 2022)

por Marie Benedict (Autor)

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Una apasionante novela sobre una de las mujeres más poderosas del mundo del arte y los libros de Nueva York Gracias a su pasión por los libros y gusto exquisito, Belle da Costa Green se ha vuelto, con tan solo veinte años, la bibliotecaria más joven de la prestigiosa universidad de Princeton. Sin embargo, un golpe de suerte mayor está por impulsar su carrera: el famoso millonario J. P. Morgan la quiere para curar una colección de manuscritos raros, libros y obras de arte que compondrán el corazón de su biblioteca personal. Así, muy pronto, Belle se convierte en una de las mujeres más poderosas del Nueva York de inicios del siglo XX, conocida por su astucia en la negociación de obras críticas y la ambición implacable que mostraba con el objetivo de crear una colección privada de clase mundial. Pero Belle debe ocultar un secreto que, de ser descubierto, podría costarle todo por lo que ha luchado: no es descendiente de portugueses ni su verdadero apellido es «da Costa Green», como le ha hecho creer a todo el mundo, sino que es hija de Richard Greener, el primer afroamericano graduado de Harvard. La coleccionista cuenta la historia real de una mujer extraordinaria, famosa por su aguda inteligencia, estilo e ingenio que se vio obligada a mentir para abrirse paso en un mundo que la relegaba por ser mujer y la condenaba por su origen… (más)
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Título:The Personal Librarian: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)
Autores:Marie Benedict (Autor)
Información:Berkley (2022), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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The Personal Librarian por Marie Benedict (2021)

  1. 10
    An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege por Heidi Ardizzone (aprille)
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    Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College por Katherine Reynolds Chaddock (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: This biography of Belle da Costa Greene's father will provide more accurate information about the family dynamic.
  3. 01
    Booked to Die por John Dunning (dara85)
    dara85: Mystery dealing with rare books,
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I loved this book from the first chapter to the last! I couldn’t put it down even though it was a crazy week.

These two authors did a wonderful job finding the truth in the history books and then extrapolating and creating the beautiful in-betweens to create Belle da Costa Greene. She was such a realistic character for me…always a step ahead of any circumstance she was in and proving that anyone can work their way into greatness if they are committed from their toenails to the tips of their ears! J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian who got to carry on his passion until well after his death; changing the family’s personal library to a public library for all and eventually becoming its director…what an honor!

And through this rise to being one of the most prominent women in America, she had to hide who she was by birth. In a time when racism was accepted by high society and lynchings were common, “living white” was a “gift” that only a few colored people had. There is question as to even J.P. Morgan ever knowing her true origins, as she always claimed a Portuguese family line. Always checking yourself, always wondering who might call you out, always worried about the reactions of the people you work for and/or love…exhausting, but worth it? Right or wrong?

Read it! ( )
  snewell2 | Jun 24, 2024 |
The life of Bell da Costa Greene (nee' Belle Greener) is important to the history of our nation. That being said, this book should have been written as a nonfiction biography. Readers will know up front that they are reading to learn something. Yes, the novel can instruct, but as biographical fiction, there were several problems. First of all, there really wasn't a "story" here. The plot was her life. It was BORING in many parts...I love books, but the characters were buying books and art and the conflict was about who could outbid other collectors. (Who cares?!)
Novels can also get into the heart and soul of the characters. I never felt that in this story. She is rather flat as a character. Belle lamented about having to be white in the public, but "colored" when she came home and laid her head down on her pillow. We know this because she states it but, we, as readers, don't get deep enough into her interior life to feel her experience. The romance in the book was slightly more interesting, but her vacillating about her love interest's despicable behavior doesn't seem to be in line with her character's personality- a strong, educated and business savvy career woman who can read a room and use her people skills to out- maneuver social and business competitors.
What really made this book painful to read was that the authors created stilted dialogues between characters written to "instruct" the readers on art, racial issues, history, and feminism. I skimmed most of these lectures/monologues. Overall, I found it a chore to read. I only completed it because it was a selection for my book club. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
An entertaining and unobjectionable fictionalization of the true story of Belle da Costa Greene, the respected and celebrated librarian responsible for helping JP Morgan assemble his formidable library in turn-of-the-century New York - who was, in fact, Belle Greener, a black woman passing as white.

I'm always intrigued by the choices that authors make when fictionalizing historical personages. Authors Benedict and Murray have chosen perhaps the safest path, characterizing Greener as bold but not too bold (she's saucy but knows better than to offend her mentor), passionate but not too passionate, paranoid about being discovered but not so paranoid that she takes drastic precautions, such as disowning her family. Not that I'm dinging their choices. There's nothing here that feels offputtingly anachronistic, and Greene's struggle to reconcile the radical ideals of her father with the conservative rationalizations of her mother authentically represents both sides of the issue. Just saying that other authors might have crafted this into quite a different story ... something more nuanced and complex, but probably also harder to market.

And there's more here to enjoy than Greene's story. The authors have incorporated an exploration of the considerations involved in assembling & curating a large collection, insights into the history of rare manuscripts, and an opportunity to gape at the excesses of the uber-wealthy (the "red party" that Greene attends is particularly outrageous). All this was enough for me to forgive the relatively pedestrian writing style, shallow characterizations, and lackluster dialog.

While Benedict and Murray may have chosen a relatively safe and conservative interpretation of the historical facts, at least they've shaped them into an entertaining and informative read. ( )
  Dorritt | Apr 4, 2024 |
This biographical novel was about the little-known Belle da Costa Greene, the "personal librarian" of wealthy financier J. P. Morgan and curator of his originally-private library/museum.  Greene was born Belle Marion Greener in 1879 to African-American parents, but changed her name to aid in passing as white.  The "da Costa" was to indicate a Portuguese heritage as an explanation for a darker complexion.  Her mother and all her siblings also changed their surname to Greene, to separate themselves from their estranged husband/father, Richard Greener, a racial justice advocate, so they could all pass as white.

As I've noted in other reviews of her work, I'm not particularly fond of Marie Benedict's writing style, and this book (like the others of hers I've read) was overly long and detailed.  And yet, I continue to read her books, because she chooses interesting, little-known women to write about.  She did have a co-author for this one,  African-American Victoria Christopher Murray, which was a plus.  I also appreciate their sharing of the sources they used in the post-novel historical note. ( )
1 vota riofriotex | Mar 31, 2024 |
Two authors wrote this historical novel, and it feels like it. Chapters vary wildly from one to the next and all too many of them have historical facts awkwardly shoved in, as if to prove that they did their research. Although there was a compelling figure behind this novel, the book itself is not compelling. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Mar 13, 2024 |
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Both a stunning tribute to an amazingly courageous woman and a searingly timely exploration of race relations in America, The Personal Librarian is an extraordinary novel that will have you frantically googling the key figures to learn more. I won’t be ready to part with Belle and her contemporaries for a long time after finishing this one.
añadido por Dariah | editarBookreporter.com
 
Kept me intrigued, fascinated, and mesmerized throughout….Everyone should know about the woman who took risks, carved her own path, silenced the naysayers, and forged ahead to becoming one of America’s most prominent librarians in history. Definitely a must-read.
añadido por Dariah | editarThe Nerd Daily
 
Every element of this blockbuster historical novel is compelling and revelatory, beginning with the bedazzling protagonist based with awestruck care on Belle da Costa Greene… a novel of enthralling drama, humor, sensuality, and insight. … [a] resounding tale of a brilliant and resilient woman defying sexism, classism, and racism during the brutality of Jim Crow. Benedict and Murray do splendidly right by Belle in this captivating and profoundly enlightening portrayal.
añadido por Dariah | editarBooklist (starred review)
 
A powerful take on the accomplishments of J.P. Morgan’s librarian…. Benedict and Murray do a great job capturing Belle’s passion and tenacity as she carves a place for herself in a racist male-dominated society. This does fine justice to a remarkable historical figure.
añadido por Dariah | editarPublishers Weekly
 
This fictional account of Greene’s life feels authentic; the authors bring to life not only Belle but all those around her. An excellent piece of historical fiction that many readers will find hard to put down.
añadido por Dariah | editarLibrary Journal (starred review)
 

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Una apasionante novela sobre una de las mujeres más poderosas del mundo del arte y los libros de Nueva York Gracias a su pasión por los libros y gusto exquisito, Belle da Costa Green se ha vuelto, con tan solo veinte años, la bibliotecaria más joven de la prestigiosa universidad de Princeton. Sin embargo, un golpe de suerte mayor está por impulsar su carrera: el famoso millonario J. P. Morgan la quiere para curar una colección de manuscritos raros, libros y obras de arte que compondrán el corazón de su biblioteca personal. Así, muy pronto, Belle se convierte en una de las mujeres más poderosas del Nueva York de inicios del siglo XX, conocida por su astucia en la negociación de obras críticas y la ambición implacable que mostraba con el objetivo de crear una colección privada de clase mundial. Pero Belle debe ocultar un secreto que, de ser descubierto, podría costarle todo por lo que ha luchado: no es descendiente de portugueses ni su verdadero apellido es «da Costa Green», como le ha hecho creer a todo el mundo, sino que es hija de Richard Greener, el primer afroamericano graduado de Harvard. La coleccionista cuenta la historia real de una mujer extraordinaria, famosa por su aguda inteligencia, estilo e ingenio que se vio obligada a mentir para abrirse paso en un mundo que la relegaba por ser mujer y la condenaba por su origen

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