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Daytime Discussion: “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict

October 23, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In October, we’ll be reading “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict. We’ll meet on Monday, October 23 at 10:30am in the Fiction Room of the Library. After September 25, you can pick up a copy of the book selection from the Circulation Desk or call the Library at 860-582-3121 to make arrangements for curbside pickup. Large type and audiobook on CD are also available for this title. This title is not available on hoopla.
You may register for this program by e-mailing gdelcegno@biblio.org. New members are always welcome!
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.

Details

Date:
October 23, 2023
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Category:

Venue

Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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Phone
8605823121

Organizer

Gretchen DelCegno
Phone
860-582-3121
Email
gdelcegno@biblio.org