by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Reviewed by Janet:
As this fictionalized story of her life opens, Belle da Costa Greene applies for the position of personal librarian to financier J.P. Morgan. Using her training and sharp mind, she proceeds to build his collection to one of great renown. The hidden truth was that she was born Belle Marion Greener and her father was the first Black graduate of Harvard. Exploring issues of race, passing, class, and equality, the novel tells the story of this incredible woman and reflects on many of the issues that still plague our country today.