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New Selection - Today Show Book Club

underthewideandstarryUnder the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

Recently the Today Show Book Club announced its third reading selection, Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, whose first book, Loving Frank, about Frank Lloyd Wright and his star-crossed relationship with Mamah Cheney, became a popular book club choice after its publication in 2007. Horan's new book features another famous man and the woman who loved him. It tells the tale of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, and his wife and muse, Fanny Van de Grift, who left her husband in 1875 to travel the world with Stevenson. Her opinions were said to have had a profound impact on his writings - she was known to be his toughest critic. Horan drew heavily from the couple's letters and Stevenson’s writings to paint a realistic portrait of their relationship, based on both fact and fiction. "What I did with this book and also with the previous book is take the journey with these couples,” she said.