book cover of The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

When Belle da Costa Greene is in her 20s, she is hired by J.P. Morgan to curate a collection for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. Belle helps build a world-class collection but she has a secret – she is a light-skinned Black passing off as Portuguese. This fictional tale is heavily researched and based on the real-life Belle. A fascinating story that is sure to be a book club favorite.