Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Loving Frank – by Nancy Horan

Loving Frank – by Nancy Horan

If you are at all familiar with the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, you will enjoy the parts of Loving Frank that describe not only his buildings, but also what he was thinking about when he designed them.  You can almost see the buildings taking shape.

This is a work of fiction, based on actual events (mostly derived from newspapers of the time, and a few letters that survived). The book is about the affair that Wright had with Mamah (pronounced May-mah) Cherry, something that was a huge scandal at the time. The entire affair is told to the reader through Mamah’s eyes, leaving Frank to be somewhat of a mystery. Which he kind of was.

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Nineteen Minutes – by Jodi Picoult

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about Nineteen Minutes. I suspect I am supposed to, so maybe that is ok. Nineteen minutes is about a school shooting, a subject that makes both scares me and interests me at the same time. The title comes from how long it took for the whole shooting incident to occur, from start to end.

The topic itself freaks me out. Columbine wasn’t that long ago, and Virginia Tech feels like it was yesterday. Back when I was still working as a substitute teacher, I had more than a few nightmares about what might happen if a student decided to bring a gun into a classroom I was in charge of, or into a school I was randomly assigned to one day.

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