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Every night, I try to read for at least 10 minutes in bed. I am pretty sure that it drives DH crazy. You know, since he has to get up and go to work and all. But, I just need to read. Do you ever feel that way? Anyway, this week I am reading “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan.
I have admired Frank Lloyd Wright ever since 10th grade, when I took an Urban Studies class while attending a school in the Chicago suburbs. We took a field trip to see his Studio and to see the Unity Temple. I was mesmerized to say the least. About 5 years ago, my Dad even gave me a monstrous coffee table book, “The Vision of Frank Lloyd Wright” because he knew of my love. This is a fabulous book that chronicles his career and provides as many pictures as possible. I love pictures.
So, while reading about the homes & buildings that FLW is designing in “Loving Frank”, I had to haul out the big book. So that I could put names with faces, so to speak. It was a nice evening of flipping through the book while enjoying a glass of Merlot. Yes, I have become a Merlot drinker. And Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. No more plain old White Zin for me.
My take on “Loving Frank”? So far, it is pretty good. The characters are complex and interesting. I am at the part where Frank and Mamah are leaving Germany for Paris. I am having a hard time at this point with continuing. I am struggling with the fact that these people left their spouses and their children behind. As a mother, I can’t understand it. I mean, I always knew the story, but now that I think about it from a motherly perspective, I just can’t fathom it. And no, I do not take delight in the way that the story ends. Just sad all around. But, I shall continue and see where it takes me. I hope that I can come to understand how Mamah especially, could abandon her children.
(The house on the left hand side in the above picture is the actual house that FLW designed and built for Mamah and Edwin Cheney.)