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Christina Baker Kline

The Baker Kline List

from Christina Baker Kline, author of A Piece of the World


Girl with a Pearl Earring

by Tracy Chevalier

In this novel, Tracy Chevalier imagines the life of the anonymous girl who posed for one of Vermeer's best-known works. Griet, who has been farmed out as a maid to help support her family, is quiet and hardworking but also bright and inquisitive. Her interest in art catches the painter's attention, and when he asks her to mix his paint and model for him, it alarms not only her pious family but his jealous wife. I appreciate that Chevalier clearly did her research, but it never threatened to overwhelm the story. Beautifully observed.

An Object of Beauty

by Steve Martin

This delightfully quirky story is about a young, ambitious woman who works her way up through the art world from the lowest rung at Sotheby's to a perch at the top. Steve Martin--a serious collector himself--imbues the story with all kinds of insider knowledge about the rough and tumble world of art collecting how and why people have the impulse to collect expensive and even priceless art. With cool, sharp prose, he punctures all kinds of pretenses.

The Art Forger

by B. A. Shapiro

This literary thriller begins with the true story of one of the most audacious art thefts in history. Thirteen works of art worth more than $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, and were never recovered. B. A. Shapiro weaves a gripping story of deceit, intrigue, and betrayal that I found almost impossible to put down.

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

The story begins with an explosion at the New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art that kills 13-year-old Theo Decker's mother and leaves him in possession of a renowned Dutch painting titled The Goldfinch. As the novel unspools over the next 700+ pages, we come to see how this painting affects Theo's life in profound and fascinating ways.

Stolen Beauty

by Laurie Lico Albanese

This sensual and mesmerizing novel brings to vivid life Gustav Klimt and his lover and eventual muse, Adele Bloch-Bauer. A married Jewish beauty in 1900s Vienna, Adele persuades Klimt to paint her portrait. Forty years later, her niece, Maria, is forced to turn over her home and property to the Gestapo, including the family's art collection.

Christina Baker Kline

About Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of the new novel 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 five other novels--Orphan Train, 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 (2017). She lives near New York City and on the coast of Maine.

Latest Book from the author

A Piece of the World

by Christina Baker Kline

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting Christina's World.

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