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TODAY   |  January 23, 2014

TODAY Book Club: ‘Under the Wide and Starry Sky’

A compelling read and mix of fact and fiction, author Nancy Horan takes readers on a journey into the dramatic relationship between “Treasure Island” author Robert Lewis Stevenson and his wife Fanny Van de Grift, detailing how she helped Stevenson find his voice.

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>>> we're back now at 8:50 with "today's book club ."

>> so far our book club has bit a hit with viewers and authors. our next big reveal is "under the wide and starry sky." it's a compelling read, a mix of fact and fiction and i recently caught up with its author, nancy horan. think downton abbey with a twist, a young mother of three running from a fiphilandering husband, an unexpected love, scandalous at the time but genuine to the corp.

>> a feel a responsibility to the people.

>> it's easy to lose yourself deep in the past.

>> what i did with this book and also with the previous book was take the journey with these couples.

>> that previous book, best seller "loving frank," a blend of fact and fiction.

>> when i bumped into that story and learned about that story about frank lloyd wright , it took me by the shoulders and shook me.

>> a little known story about frank lloyd wright and one of his clients. and the man in question in her latest book, the author known for " treasure island ."

>> the book details how fanny helped him find his boys. fanny was perhaps his best and worst critic.

>> he rebelled against that.

>> absolute lip he did.

>> fanny is a force, a strong woman in a romantic era .

>> she was very inventive.

>> reporter: horan's prolific pen enlight imagination with relevance.

>> i love this quote "everybody sooner or later sits down to a banquet of consequences."

>> you're looking at the choices people have made and the consequences that follow those choices.

>> "under the wide and starry sky" is out now. just head to today.com to sign up for a google.

>> you read a lot of books. i don't know where you found the time.

>> a lot of flights. traveling. it's where i catch up.