Introducing the NOBC’s July 2014 pick, “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” by Nancy Horan.

By Real Simple
Updated June 24, 2014

Hi, Bookies:

I’m Didi Gluck, the beauty director of Real Simple. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m one of the three people who hasn’t read Nancy Horan’s wildly successful first novel, Loving Frank, which examines in great depth Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal life. Rather than dwell on it, I figure I’ll cut straight to Horan’s second novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky—this month’s book club selection. The novel is about the courtship and, later, marriage of the American Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne and the Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson (author of Treasure Island—my favorite book as a young adult, by the way). Both were writers, both had tempestuous personalities, and both, it seems, were alternately very much in and out of love with each other. Isn’t it romantic? I think so. Oh, and did I mention that they met in Paris?

The novel is 475 pages long. Let’s read about 120 pages a week. Deal? So:

For Thursday, July 3: Chapter 1 through Chapter 22.

For Friday, July 11: Chapter 23 through Chapter 41.

For Friday, July 18: Chapter 42 through Chapter 64.

For Friday, July 25: Chapter 65 through the end.

Happy reading!