Greene Book Recommendations
By: Christina Baker Kline
Christina Baker Kline, author of the bestselling Orphan Train, returns to the page with this biographical novel. Christina Olson was born in the late 19th century in rural Cushing, Maine. An illness as a toddler, possibly polio, gradually robbed her of her mobility. Refusing to ever use a wheel chair, she literally dragged herself from location to location. Jilted by her intended as a young woman, Christina resigned herself to a life of domestic toil in a house without running water or electricity. In the 1930's, the young artist Andrew Wyeth begins to use part of the Olson farmhouse as a studio. Christina and Andrew become firm friends, and she reluctantly becomes his model. Andrew's painting Christina's World is one of the best known pieces of American art of the 20th century. Readers who enjoy biographical fiction and fans of the author will enjoy this novel.
By: Daisy Goodwin
Author Daisy Goodwin brings young Queen Victoria to life in this excellent piece of biographical fiction. Kept isolated from society by her mother and her mother's confidante Lord Conroy, Victoria chafes at this lifestyle. She knows that Conroy only wants to gain power and wealth for himself through her. When Victoria's uncle dies, she becomes queen and begins to assert herself, much to Conroy's dismay. An effort by another uncle to be named regent is unsuccessful as Victoria begins to bloom and find the confidence to make her own decisions. Readers who enjoy this book will undoubtedly feast upon the PBS production of Victoria.