Christina Baker Kline
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Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of instant New York Times bestseller A Piece of the World (2017), about the relationship between the artist Andrew Wyeth and the subject of his best-known painting, Christina's World. Kline has written six other novels -- Orphan Train, Orphan Train Girl, The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines -- and written or edited five works of nonfiction. Her 2013 novel Orphan Train spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and was published in 40 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a "One Book, One Read" selection. Her adaptation of Orphan Train for young readers is Orphan Train Girl.

In addition to her novels, Kline has commissioned and edited two widely praised collections of original essays on the first year of parenthood and raising young children, Child of Mine and Room to Grow, and edited a book on grieving, Always Too Soon. She is coeditor, with Anne Burt, of a collection of personal essays called About Face: Women Write About What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and is co-author, with her mother, Christina Looper Baker, of a book on feminist mothers and daughters, The Conversation Begins. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Money, More, and Psychology Today, among other places. 

Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is a graduate of Yale, Cambridge, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, English literature, literary theory, and women's studies at Yale, NYU, and Drew University, and served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University for four years. She is a recipient of several Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowships and Writer-in-Residence Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is on the advisory board of Roots & Wings, a foster-care organization in NJ; The Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, ME; and the Montclair Animal Shelter, and supports a number of libraries and other associations.

Kline lives in an old house in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, David Kline, and three sons, Hayden, Will, and Eli.  She spends as much time as possible in an even older house in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

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Best Sellers

    • Orphan Train

    • A Novel
    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,187

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

    • By Kathi on 04-03-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Orphan Train Girl

    • The Young Readers' Edition of Orphan Train
    • By: Christina Baker Kline, Sarah Thompson
    • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
    • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it's her attitude that's the problem....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • overall good

    • By Grace on 08-24-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • A Piece of the World

    • A Novel
    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Polly Stone
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 892
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 806
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 801

    Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wyeth's Vision Comes to Life

    • By Poppy on 03-04-17

    Regular price: $27.37

    • Sweet Water

    • A Novel
    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Amy Rubinate
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 151

    Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Story ok. But.

    • By Rockysmom on 06-11-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Way Life Should Be

    • A Novel
    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 76

    Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn't want and a life that seems to have somehow just happened....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Simple story

    • By Dianna Bogart on 06-09-15

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Bird in Hand

    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 51

    Four people, two marriages, one lifelong friendship: everything is about to change....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Wordy, Contemplative, Sad

    • By Debbie on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Desire Lines

    • A Novel
    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Amanda Troop
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    On the night of her high school graduation, Kathryn Campbell sits around a bonfire with her four closest friends, including the beautiful but erratic Jennifer....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Promising beginning, fizzled out at the end

    • By AGR on 06-23-16

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Always Too Soon

    • Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Their Parents
    • By: Allison Gilbert
    • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Allison Gilbert
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    While the death of a parent is always painful, losing both is life-altering....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Literary Support Group

    • By Susie on 10-16-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Der Zug der Waisen

    • By: Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated by: Beate Himmelstoß, Susanne Schroeder
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    New York, 1929: Mit neun Jahren verliert Vivian Daly, Tochter irischer Einwanderer, bei einem Wohnungsbrand ihre gesamte Familie...

    Regular price: $12.49

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