Between the Lines Book Club: Orphan Train

between the lines book club logoThis month we are reading Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. We will be meeting to discuss this book in person on March 25, 2017 at 10:30AM at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento, California.

The paperback edition of Orphan Train (2013 edition) contains many resources including an interview with the author and an Acknowledgements section that includes several references about the historical orphan trains. Here’s something completely different, just for fun: the Disney made-for-TV movie Orphan Train, from 1979!



I recall seeing this movie, or at least the end of it, when I just little and I always remembered the heartwarming and utterly ridiculous ending.  This movie is so impressively historically inaccurate and cheesy that it could ONLY have been made by Disney in 1979! If you can bear to sit through it, watch for a short role by a young Glenn Close.

Between The Lines Book Club: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline

between the lines book club logoWe are back with a new book for March – Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. I found this book to be a delightful read, but also a very quick and easy one – something of a vacation after a run of nonfiction. We will be meeting to discuss this book in person on March 25, 2017 at 10:30AM at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento, California.

Orphan Train tells the stories of two teenage girls in different times. Molly is a modern-day teen in foster care who is sentenced to community service for stealing a copy of Jane Eyre. She works off her service by helping an elderly woman, Vivian, clean out her attic. In the process, Vivian relates the story of her own pre-teen and teenage years, when she travelled from New york City to Minnesota on one of the Orphan Trains that transported city orphans to midwest towns in hopes of finding adoptive homes.

For more about the real Orphan Trains, try these links:

Orphan Train Rider Stories

This is lovely collection of people’s recollections of the experience and how it worked out for them. The webpage also has more general information about the program.

One of the “American Experience” films put together by PBS was about The Orphan Trains. At this site, you can find a full transcript of the program, with pictures.





And We’re Back

IMG_0142I haven’t blogged (not even for Between the Lines Book Club, sorry!) for a few weeks because I just had a medication switch that has turned me into a zombie. I am starting to feel more like a very tired person and less like a person who is very heavily sedated. I would like to thank The Great British Bake Off for playing an instrumental role in my recovery and I’d like to ask if the movie Interstellar makes sense to viewers who aren’t extremely medicated, because I did not understand a single thing about that movie but then again I also had trouble remembering my own name.


Bear with me as the synapses do their thing, and in the meantime, love and support to others who have chronic mental and/or physical health problems! I hope that, like me, you have people who encourage you to press on for solutions and who remind you to eat, drink, and shower. I’m in your corner! Check in on Friday for a Between the Lines Book Club post!