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Book Nook: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

This historical fiction novel focuses on Belle da Costa Greene, an actual person, and her choice as a light-skinned, black woman to “pass” as white so she can work as JP Morgan’s personal librarian. This decision, although it opens up this amazing career path for her, leaves her ostracized from her family. She becomes stuck in a very precarious balance and is always afraid of someone finding out her secret. Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray do a phenomenal job weaving the historical facts that are known about her life and educated guesses to fill in the gaps, creating a wonderful and relevant story. This is a great book to try if you are interested in non-World War II historical fiction and a character-driven novel. 

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