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Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky,  Nancy Horan, book reviewFanny Osbourne is running away from America with her three children. She’s had enough of her husband’s cheating ways; surely Antwerp is far enough away. But when her youngest son falls ill and then dies, she’s encouraged to recuperate in provincial France. There she meets Robert Louis Stevenson, who immediately falls in love with her. As he’s several years her junior, she doesn’t initially return his affections. But soon she’s under his spell, and thus begins the whirlwind lifetime of land and sea, from frozen mountains to tropical rainforests, in sickness and health, for richer and poorer and until death did them part. This is Nancy Horan’s Under the Wide and Starry Sky.


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Loving Frank

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Loving Frank, Nancy Horan, book reviewNancy Horan’s book “Loving Frank” is a fictional biography of Mamah Borthwick Cheney. I can already hear you saying “who?” and certainly any British audience would be expected to think that. Those interested in early 20th century architecture might recognize this name as being the woman who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s lover – the woman he left his wife and family for which caused a scandal that rocked not only Chicago’s society, but also the world of architecture. For those who don’t know of Wright, he was of the Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more” school of architecture (although he was quoted as saying “less is only more when more is bad”), to which he added his own organic elements in trying to make buildings blend in and feel like they belonged to the natural surroundings where they were placed. If that still doesn’t help you, Wright designed the famous and stunningly spiraled Guggenheim Museum in New York.


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