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Nancy's notes March 24

Under the Wide and Starry Sky: A Novel by Nancy Horan Been There, Done That: Family Wisdom For Modern Times by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts How Far Can You Go?: My 25-Year Quest to Walk Again by John Maclean and Mark Tabb

   I am currently reading, “Under the Wide, and Starry Sky”, by Nancy Horan. We have the book in our large print collection, however I downloaded the e-book from Bridges, which is available on our web site. It is a fictionalized account of the life of Robert Lewis Stevenson. At the age of thirty-five, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne has left her cheating husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium, with her three children and nanny, to study art. Not long after her arrival tragedy strikes when one of her young sons dies. Fanny and her children then move to a quiet artists’ colony in France where she can recuperate from her loss. While in France she meets a young Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson, ten years her junior, who falls instantly in love with the opinionated American. Fanny does not immediately take to the young lawyer who wishes to devote his life to writing, and who would eventually write such classics as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In time, she returns Mr. Stevenson’s feelings and the two begin a fierce love affair that spans decades and the globe.
    Al Rocker, who is featured on the Today Show, and his wife, Deborah Roberts, ABC News Journalist, have joined together to write, “been there, done that: Family Wisdom for Modern Times”.  It is funny, heartfelt collection of life lessons.  The two share childhood obstacles, such as obesity and growing up in the segregated South, as well as the challenges and blessings that come from parenting. 
“How Far Can You Go?” is the autobiographical story by John Maclean.  Maclean was struck by an eight-ton truck while training for a triathlon at the age of 22.  The accident left him a paraplegic.  Maclean insisted he would walk again, but after two years of intense therapy, his father’s words: “How far can you go?” needed to be taken to heart.  He eventually became one of the most accomplished wheelchair athletes in the world.  Despite his success, Maclean still longed to walk
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