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Ellie Carlson as Mamah at the time of her death in 1914

This Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 7:00 pm the Lisle Library will host presenter Ellie Carlson as Mamah Borthwick Cheney; whom Book For The Day read about in our very first book discussion on the book “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. Come see history come alive as “Mamah” visits the Lisle Library this Thursday October 4th.


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Gathering  information on Loving Frank author Nancy Horan can be tricky, but this is what is out there:

Her bio on GoodReads says: Nancy Horan is a writer and a journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband and two sons. Loving Frank is her first novel.

Her official website is: http://www.nancyhoran.com/ (but as of 3/20/2012 the site is currently under construction).

Loving Frank’s official website is : http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/lovingfrank/

If you are interested in a tour of Frank Lloyd Write architecture in Oak Park (where he built a home for Mamah & Edwin Cheney) check out this site http://www.gowright.org/, or in Wisconsin (where he built a home for himself & Mamah) – http://www.wrightinwisconsin.org/.

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On March 5th Booked For The Day met to discuss Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. The novel is based on the true-life love affair between Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright; and while the book took place over 100 years ago; we were surprised at how shocking and relevant the themes and events were today.

Almost the entire book is from Mamah’s point of view; and many of us questioned her choices; from beginning and continuing her affair with Frank, to leaving her husband and children, to her travels abroad. Some thought of her as selfish, others thought she was naive;  and everyone agreed that she could have thought through her decisions more.

At the turn of the last century reporters for newspapers may not have been known as paparazzi; but we did find there was a lot of cross-over between the reporters of the 1900’s and their contemporaries today. They staked themselves outside of Mamah & Frank’s home on Christmas morning!

While we may have found some of the character’s choices to be questionable; the book provided for a very lively discussion!

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