Finding Dorothy

Finding Dorothy

Elizabeth Letts / Aug 17, 2019

Finding Dorothy A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the book that inspired the iconic film through the eyes of author L Frank Baum s intrepid wife Maud from the f

  • Title: Finding Dorothy
  • Author: Elizabeth Letts
  • ISBN: 0525622101
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L Frank Baum s intrepid wife, Maud from the family s hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of A richly imagined novel that tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L Frank Baum s intrepid wife, Maud from the family s hardscrabble days in South Dakota to the Hollywood film set where she first meets Judy Garland Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, met Judy Garland, the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939 At the time, Maud was seventy eight and Judy was sixteen In spite of their age difference, Maud immediately connected to Judy especially when Maud heard her sing Over the Rainbow, a song whose yearning brought to mind the tough years in South Dakota when Maud and her husband struggled to make a living until Frank Baum s book became a national sensation.This wonderfully evocative two stranded story recreates Maud s youth as the rebellious daughter of a leading suffragette, and the prairie years of Maud and Frank s early days when they lived among the people especially young Dorothy who would inspire Frank s masterpiece Woven into this past story is one set in 1939, describing the high pressured days on The Wizard of Oz film set where Judy is being badgered by the director, producer, and her ambitious stage mother to lose weight, bind her breasts, and laugh, cry, and act terrified on command As Maud had promised to protect the original Dorothy back in Aberdeen, she now takes on the job of protecting young Judy Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 368 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Ballantine Books More Details ISBN 0525622101 ISBN13 9780525622109 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Finding Dorothy, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 30, 2019 Angela M rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley reviews 3.5 stars rounded up The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favorite movies for years than I m willing to admit I ve seen it so many times that I can recite a lot of the dialogue by heart I have to admit, though, that I have never read the book and having read this novel makes me want to read it If I had read the book, I would have known that the ruby slippers weren t red and that Oz is not emerald green, among other things I just knew that this book would evoke nostalgic feelings and 3.5 stars rounded up The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favorite movies for years than I m willing to admit I ve seen it so many times that I can recite a lot of the dialogue by heart I have to admit, though, that I have never read the book and having read this novel makes me want to read it If I had read the book, I would have known that the ruby slippers weren t red and that Oz is not emerald green, among other things I just knew that this book would evoke nostalgic feelings and it did It also brings to light some of things that happened behind the scenes during the filming of the movie and brings us the back story of L Frank Baum But this really in so many ways is the story of his wife Maud Gage Baum Through Maud s story, we come to know the origin of the book, and the personal lives of the Baums in a dual time line narrative from Maud s early life starting in 1871 to the Hollywood of 1939 It was so interesting to see the behind the scenes story of the movie, but so sad to see the workings of the Hollywood machine and how Judy Garland was treated at age 15 She was given pills to help her lose weight, pills to help her sleep, 80 cigarettes a day to help with her diet, slapped in the face when she couldn t stop giggling during a scene with the Cowardly Lion So sad, as we know what eventually happens with Judy Garland with addiction The manipulation and abuse of a young girl, illustrates the lengths that the studio executives would go to insure success Though Maud s role here may be the most fictionalized part, I loved her tenacity and perseverance in trying to insure that the movie reflected her husband s vision and her desire to take care of Judy Garland I have to say that the part of the book that I found most engaging was the making of the movie, although Maud s earlier life lays the groundwork for the toughness she exhibits in 1939 I always enjoy knowing the seed for a story, what prompted the author to write a particular story Loved reading in the afterward, how seeing the movie for the first time at 4 years old ignited her love and connection to Dorothy and then reading it to her son made her wonder about Baum Seeing a photograph of Maud Baum and Judy Garland taken in 1939 is when she says I realized I had found a story This appears to be very well researched, and while Letts says she altered some dates and names, she says most of my story is based on known historical fact , consulting biographies and diaries, letters and photographs Recommended to others who loved the book or movie as I still do I received an advanced copy of this book from Ballantine Books through NetGalley flag 132 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Angela M TQ, thanks I have those very same memories 14 hours, 18 min ago Angela M Thanks, Anna 14 hours, 18 min ago Nov 23, 2018 Cheri rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley, 2018, 1930s, nebraska, new york, 1880s When Maud Gage began her first year of Cornell University, her focus was only on higher learning, and certainly not the boys of Cornell Her roommate is Josie, Josie Baum, and it is through Josie that Maud meets the man that was foretold by a somewhat silly group of young women, Josie s brother L Frank Baum A man who, one day, will write one of those beloved childhood books The Wizard of Oz This is the story that is behind the making of both the book, and the now classic film, a film that When Maud Gage began her first year of Cornell University, her focus was only on higher learning, and certainly not the boys of Cornell Her roommate is Josie, Josie Baum, and it is through Josie that Maud meets the man that was foretold by a somewhat silly group of young women, Josie s brother L Frank Baum A man who, one day, will write one of those beloved childhood books The Wizard of Oz This is the story that is behind the making of both the book, and the now classic film, a film that made its young star into a bona fide Hollywood icon This story is told in two different time frames, one in which Maud is still a relatively young girl, daughter of a suffragette, to her days at Cornell, how she meets the man who will become her husband, his gifts as an actor, their marriage and their life together, which wasn t always easy Although Frank was a man with many talents, they weren t always helpful to them financially.The alternate, 1938, timeline begins with Maud, now a 77 year old widow, visiting the MGM studio following her discovery that they are making a movie of the book her husband wrote, and she is determined to ensure that they stay true to the story he wrote It is there that she meets the young girl cast as Dorothy, Judy Garland, and begins to take her under her wing This timeline is amusing and interesting in the sense that it discloses some of the things that supposedly went on behind the screens What I loved were the little peeks at the stories that went into what would become The Wizard of Oz, even the choice of that title came from an originally innocent comment Little snippets of conversations that led to other choices, some felt authentic, and some perhaps speculated on, but make for a good story Facts that were behind the scenes decisions during the making of this movie really do give this a charming view on the making of this movie.A poignant story that also maintains an optimistic outlook worthy of L Frank Baum, a reminder to hold onto your faith for a better day on those days when life seems unrecognizable Elizabeth Letts is also the author of The Eighty Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, and two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning In her writer s biography she wrote If you want to know why I m a writer, you d have to thank Mrs Barclay, the children s librarian in the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes, California, and my mother who has read books than anyone else I know, and who carted me to the library from the time I could barely walk At the age of thirty, she determined to try her hand at writing, and I doubt she s turned back since but still states that reading remains her favourite hobby But this mini bio was what made me want to read this one a movie I loved when I was a young girl.Pub Date 12 FEB 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books flag 87 likesLike see review View all 70 comments Jan 23, 2019 Liz rated it liked it Shelves netgalley This is a sweet story of the widow of L Frank Baum, the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz It s told both during the making of the movie years after Mr Baum has passed on and the years of their lives together Mrs Maud Baum, the daughter of a suffragette, is one of the first women to go to Cornell as a coed There, she is introduced to her future husband, the cousin of her roommate She defies her mother to marry this theatre man This isn t a deep tale or an overly impressive story But This is a sweet story of the widow of L Frank Baum, the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz It s told both during the making of the movie years after Mr Baum has passed on and the years of their lives together Mrs Maud Baum, the daughter of a suffragette, is one of the first women to go to Cornell as a coed There, she is introduced to her future husband, the cousin of her roommate She defies her mother to marry this theatre man This isn t a deep tale or an overly impressive story But it is entertaining We hear everything from Maud s perspective and it s definitely her story, not Frank s The movie is so well known, it s easy to picture Judy Garland and the scenes from the movie as they are created You do learn interesting stories involving the origination of different ideas within the story, how the movie differed from the book and about the actors I was pleased to learn that most of the inspiration for the book discussed in the novel is based on fact, as is a lot of the information concerning the movie s production I never felt a connection with Maud I never felt like she came across as a three dimensional character Frank reminded me in some ways of P T Barnum, a fantastic imagination coupled with horrible business instinct So, this will appeal to those who are eager to learn something about the story than those who like an in depth character driven novel My thanks to netgalley and Random House Ballantine Books for an advance copy of this novel flag 61 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 12, 2019 Selena rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley giveaway I received a free e copy of Finding Dorothy A Novel by Elizabeth Letts from NetGalley for my honest review.Who didn t love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz A fascinating and adventurous classic MGM movie starring Judy Garland Now years later,Elizabeth Letts introduces us to the author L Frank Baum behind the book and movie We also get to learn about his wife, Maud This story is told through Maud s voice It is a story of her life.Maud Baum, f k a Maud Gage, was the daughter of a shopkeeper, I received a free e copy of Finding Dorothy A Novel by Elizabeth Letts from NetGalley for my honest review.Who didn t love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz A fascinating and adventurous classic MGM movie starring Judy Garland Now years later,Elizabeth Letts introduces us to the author L Frank Baum behind the book and movie We also get to learn about his wife, Maud This story is told through Maud s voice It is a story of her life.Maud Baum, f k a Maud Gage, was the daughter of a shopkeeper, Maud s mother, Matilda, taught her daughter to treasure education and independent thinking Maud, later meets Frank, an traveling theater man Maud marries Frank, and they spent many years living poorly It wasn t until Frank wrote The Wizard of Oz, that their lives changed Maud later moved to Hollywood and when the book was turning into a film, she met Judy Garland Maud befriended Judy, and fought with the producers, trying to keep her husbands book true to his story This book is beautifully written with lots of detail and emotion I highly recommend this book to anyone especially for those who love The Wizard Of Oz flag 43 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 09, 2019 Marjorie rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley L Frank Baum wrote a book that would prove to be one of the most beloved books of all times, The Wizard of Oz What child doesn t know this magical story This new book by Dorothy Letts tells the story behind the story of the Land of Oz The book centers on Maud Gage Baum, Frank s wife, and fluctuates between the childhood and life of Maud starting when she was 10 years old in 1871 and the time period when the movie with Judy Garland was filmed and released.Not only was Maud the daughter of a L Frank Baum wrote a book that would prove to be one of the most beloved books of all times, The Wizard of Oz What child doesn t know this magical story This new book by Dorothy Letts tells the story behind the story of the Land of Oz The book centers on Maud Gage Baum, Frank s wife, and fluctuates between the childhood and life of Maud starting when she was 10 years old in 1871 and the time period when the movie with Judy Garland was filmed and released.Not only was Maud the daughter of a well known suffragette, she was also one of the first few women admitted to Cornell University When she met Frank Baum and fell in love, her degree no longer mattered and off she went with him as the wife of a traveling actor Frank was a wonderful husband and proved to be just as wonderful a father to their four sons What he wasn t too successful at was making money Though their life was lived frugally, Maud and Frank and their sons were happy and content Frank always was able to enrich their lives by his entertaining antics He was a dreamer and always dreamed of a better life for them.The section of Maud s involvement with the filming of the famous movie and her protective feelings for Judy Garland was very entertaining, though I m not sure how factually accurate it was Regardless, I found this part of the book fascinating, filled with little tidbits about the actors and Hollywood.The best part of the book is seeing how bits and pieces of Maud and Frank s lives ended up in his book I thought that was very clever of the author and apparently is based on historical fact I ve gotten away from historical fiction but knew I wanted to read this one since I love the movie so much I m glad I requested it as it was very enjoyable and in the telling of the background of a magical story, it was quite magical itself.Recommended.This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review flag 22 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 31, 2019 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 netgalley challenge, netgalley books, takes place in the midwest Review to follow, loved this book flag 31 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Kathleen I can t wait to read this one, Dorie 23 hours, 27 min ago Dorie Traveling Sister Kathleen wrote I can t wait to read this one, Dorie I really liked it hope you do also 22 hours, 52 min ago Sep 05, 2018 Renee Rosen rated it it was amazing Full review coming but in the meantime, add this to your shelf It s just amazing Fans of The Wizard of Oz will be blown away flag 18 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Now, almost twenty years after her husband s death, many people didn t recognize his name, but was there anyone, big or small, who didn t know Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the tin man and the Lion Who hasn t seen the Wizard of Oz Anyone I know that I still watch it at least once a year Finding Dorothy tells the story of the making of The Wizard of Oz and the story of Maud Gage Baum the widow of the Author and her life with her husband, Frank Baum L Frank Baum The Struggles they faced du Now, almost twenty years after her husband s death, many people didn t recognize his name, but was there anyone, big or small, who didn t know Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the tin man and the Lion Who hasn t seen the Wizard of Oz Anyone I know that I still watch it at least once a year Finding Dorothy tells the story of the making of The Wizard of Oz and the story of Maud Gage Baum the widow of the Author and her life with her husband, Frank Baum L Frank Baum The Struggles they faced during their marriage, their love, and Frank s writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.This book is told in two time lines Maud and Frank s life together and later when Maud goes to Hollywood and is on set and strikes up a relationship with Judy Garland during the filming of The Wizard of Oz I learned many interesting facts while reading this book the ruby red shoes I coveted as a child, were not meant to be red, Emerald City was not green, they almost cut Somewhere over the Rainbow out of the movie and that Judy Garland was slapped, forced to go every other day without food, had to smoke 80 cigarettes a day and took pills to suppress her appetite and then those to help her sleep Judy won an Academy Award for her performance and walked away with a drug problem.Maud was a formidable woman and stood up for Garland and became friends with her Through the course of the filming, when not sticking up for Garland, she was fighting with producers to keep true to her husband s work She was spunky and not afraid to speak her mind and speak up when she saw something which wasn t right She was, after all, the daughter of a famous women s suffrage and feminist activist.This started a little slow for me and I found myself picking up other books, but then it hooked me I appreciated the dual timelines and learning about Maud s earlier life It is a shame that L Frank Baum never lived to see his work made into a movie A former actor and theater man, I imagine he would have been proud of the movie and of his wife for becoming involved and being there during the filming I am finding that I am enjoying reading the Afterword of books and and this book was no exception The Author tells how as a young girl she wanted to be like Dorothy one who could stare down a lion, melt a witch, tame a wizard She also shares history on Frank and Maud Baum and her quest to learn about the movie and her motivation to write this book This is an enjoyable book that I am sure fans of the movie and the book will enjoy I learned a lot and it was fun to see place I know, and have been to, talked about in this book I appreciated how the Author took real people and used real events and facts from their lives to write this book This is a book that has heart and is a lovely tribute to an iconic and well loved movie and the story behind the movie The Story of how the book came to be, the story of a man who dreamed of a better place, full of interesting characters This is the story of dreamers, of actors, of writers, of couples, of family and of Oz.Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions are my own flag 79 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Debra JV wrote Fantastic review, Debra Thank you JV 4 hours, 1 min ago Debra Jennifer TarHeelReader wrote Wonderful review, Debra I m super excited about this book Thank you Jennifer I hope you enjoy it 4 hours, 0 min ago Nov 24, 2018 Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it 3.5 starsFinding Dorothy is an entertaining read that reimagines the creation of the book The Wizard of Oz and subsequently the filming of the movie By the time the movie was being made in 1938, L Frank Baum had passed away, and his wife Maud Gage Baum wanted to ensure that the director and others involved in the film stayed true to the book She offered her services and spent some time on the set The story is a dual timeline tale, alternating between Maud s younger years and the period durin 3.5 starsFinding Dorothy is an entertaining read that reimagines the creation of the book The Wizard of Oz and subsequently the filming of the movie By the time the movie was being made in 1938, L Frank Baum had passed away, and his wife Maud Gage Baum wanted to ensure that the director and others involved in the film stayed true to the book She offered her services and spent some time on the set The story is a dual timeline tale, alternating between Maud s younger years and the period during which the movie was made.The first three quarters of the book was fascinating and well paced The last quarter really bogged down and too much time was spent on one particular time period in Maud s life My favorite parts of the book by far were those related to the filming of the movie, and Letts imagining of the relationship between Judy Garland and Maud Baum I also enjoyed learning about L Frank Baum s inspiration for the tin man and the scarecrow, but was disappointed to learn that some other important aspects of the book were much fiction than fact.Finding Dorothy is a glimpse into another era that will appeal to fans of The Wizard of Oz and those who are fascinated by Golden Age Hollywood flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 14, 2018 Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves novel I received an ARC copy of this book I felt very lucky to get a chance to read this well done book Although it is a novel, it is based on real life people and events Maude Baum was married to L.Frank Baum the writer of The Wizard of Oz this book follows Maude from her childhood, college, her marriage to Frank Baum and the years they spent together up until Frank Baum wrote the famous series of Wizard of Oz Books The other part of the novel takes place in 1939 and the filming of The Wizard o I received an ARC copy of this book I felt very lucky to get a chance to read this well done book Although it is a novel, it is based on real life people and events Maude Baum was married to L.Frank Baum the writer of The Wizard of Oz this book follows Maude from her childhood, college, her marriage to Frank Baum and the years they spent together up until Frank Baum wrote the famous series of Wizard of Oz Books The other part of the novel takes place in 1939 and the filming of The Wizard of Oz here Maude finds her chance to be on the set of the filming of Wizard of Oz Maude wants to make sure the movie is true to the book Of course there are problems she sees One being the way young Judy Garland is treated at first Maude objects to Judy Garland being hired to play Dorothy since she feels she is too old but day by day she grows fond and even protective of the young actress this book is a fiction of events that really did happen the author Elizabeth Letts does a very good job taking real people and events and turning it into a novel flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Debi Hawkes rated it really liked it The Wizard of Oz holds a treasured place, not only in my memories, but most of Americas Who can resist a historical fiction of the back story of the movie, book and the author L Frank Baum and his family Not me I so enjoyed this novel, thank you author Elizabeth Letts for the experience, and knowledge you have shared.I received an ARC from Netgalley and publisher Ballantine Books in exchange for my honest opinion flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2019 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc random house b, blogged, fiction adult, historical fiction, net galley, to review arc feb, 2019 ng challenge, 2019 ng group challenge, feminist fiction, review to write now Sweet and soothing I loved this one Review will be up at publication or just prior, per Ballantine flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Susan Johnson rated it liked it I will probably be alone on this rating because it s a perfectly sweet and interesting story It tells the tale of Maud Gage Baum, the wife of author of The Wizard of Oz , L Frank Baum It alternates between her life growing up, marrying, having kids, etc and the filming of the movie based on her husband s book when she is 78 She was the daughter of a famed suffragette who called Susan B Anthony, Auntie She attended college before marrying Baum, a struggling theater company owner and actor I will probably be alone on this rating because it s a perfectly sweet and interesting story It tells the tale of Maud Gage Baum, the wife of author of The Wizard of Oz , L Frank Baum It alternates between her life growing up, marrying, having kids, etc and the filming of the movie based on her husband s book when she is 78 She was the daughter of a famed suffragette who called Susan B Anthony, Auntie She attended college before marrying Baum, a struggling theater company owner and actor.As his famed book is being made into a movie in 1939 by Louis B Mayer, she takes it upon herself to go to the set to offer advice and background information She meets Judy Garland and several movie executives who must have been Harvey Weinstein s role models 80 years later and life hasn t changed much for female actresses, still being starved and subject to sexual harassment The back story to the book is interesting but I am not certain how much is factual although the author has done a great deal of research.So my problem I didn t like Maud I never warmed up to her I didn t like the opportunities she had that she carelessly didn t pursue I didn t like the promises she made to people and didn t keep I didn t like how little she encouraged her husband I didn t like her rigidity She just wasn t someone I liked spending time with So the book was a struggle for me The story was interesting The main character wasn t flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Pam Jenoff rated it it was amazing The story begins in 1938 when Maud, the widow of The Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum, goes to the set where the movie is being made in order to make sure it stays true to the book It then flashes back to Maud s own life She was the daughter of a suffragette and one of the first women to attend an Ivy League school But the most compelling part of the story is the difficult years Frank and Maud spent on the prairie and the real life girl Maud tried to protect who inspired Dorothy But can Maud p The story begins in 1938 when Maud, the widow of The Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum, goes to the set where the movie is being made in order to make sure it stays true to the book It then flashes back to Maud s own life She was the daughter of a suffragette and one of the first women to attend an Ivy League school But the most compelling part of the story is the difficult years Frank and Maud spent on the prairie and the real life girl Maud tried to protect who inspired Dorothy But can Maud protect Judy Garland, the actress playing Dorothy, in a way that she couldn t help that girl A beautiful and intricately woven tribute to the story we all love, out February 12 flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Nancy rated it it was amazing FINDING DOROTHY is one of the most itteresting pieces of historical fiction that I have read in years Centered around MGMs s filming of The Wizard of Oz, the book s heart is the story of Maud and Frank Baum As the creator of Oz, Baum built the story of the Emerald City from his dreams for a magical life a counter balance to the constant struggle he and his wife faced in the late 1900 s and early 20th Century.Maud Baum was the daughter of an early woman s rights pioneer Reared in a hou FINDING DOROTHY is one of the most itteresting pieces of historical fiction that I have read in years Centered around MGMs s filming of The Wizard of Oz, the book s heart is the story of Maud and Frank Baum As the creator of Oz, Baum built the story of the Emerald City from his dreams for a magical life a counter balance to the constant struggle he and his wife faced in the late 1900 s and early 20th Century.Maud Baum was the daughter of an early woman s rights pioneer Reared in a household that valued education and self reliance, Maud dropped out of the University to marry for love The book is a testament to the strength of the Baum s relationship, but it is also a social history of the women s right s movement in its early days It also pays homage to the sacrifice and strength it takes to stay true to yourself in a marriage, and in life.The novel is really Maud Baum s story, but her husband comes alive in the pages as a vivacious, forward thinking dreamer And, he is totally captivating Maud is grounded and less lovable , but the chapters where she terrorizes the MGM executive suite in an effort to protect Judy Garland are wonderful.There is a lot to like in this book the back story of Oz is interesting the biographical information on the Baum s is worth reading the insight into Judy Garland s star turn is fun to read about but the best part of the book is its heart, and its optimism.Netgalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a candid review flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Tami rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, kindle, net galley, netgalley 2019 I have no idea how many times I have watched The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so when hearing about Elizabeth Letts new book, I knew it was one not to pass up There were two timelines going on in the book One was about Maud Baum s life and her marriage to Frank The other was about the making of the movie and Maud s determination to see that the movie stayed true to Frank s book It was interesting to learn the story behind the story What a pleasure it was to learn that L Frank Baum, the author o I have no idea how many times I have watched The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, so when hearing about Elizabeth Letts new book, I knew it was one not to pass up There were two timelines going on in the book One was about Maud Baum s life and her marriage to Frank The other was about the making of the movie and Maud s determination to see that the movie stayed true to Frank s book It was interesting to learn the story behind the story What a pleasure it was to learn that L Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was such a positive and creative soul Throughout the book there are several stories that are the background to how Frank came to create the characters in the book.I was a bit taken aback at how Maud was portrayed during the making of the movie, but I can also see how that might have been the way it was on the set She was an outsider among the movie people and an elderly woman as well, so often as I read, it seemed that the people involved with the movie were just placating her to keep her out of their way.I enjoyed the book and I feel like anyone who has grown up loving The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will also enjoy reading Finding Dorothy.Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for providing an advance copy of which I am happy to give an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Karen Kay rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc netgalley, united states, longmire challenge, baking challenge, 2019 countdown, twd challenge, netgalley read 2019 I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review Maud Gage Baum, widow of the author of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, met Judy Garland, the young actress playing the role of Dorothy on the set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939 With flash backs to Maud s youth and subsequent marriage to Frank, we discover his inspiration for The Wizard of Oz.An okay story.3 flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 28, 2018 Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing This Historical novel took my breath away Elizabeth Letts has given us a glimpse into the world behind The Wizard of Oz by learning about Maud Gage Baum Maud was a little girl living with her older sister, her dad, who died while Maud was a child, and her famous Suffragette mother, Matilda Gage Her life was comfortable She was accepted to Cornell University It was there that she met Frank Baum He was her roommate s cousin From the moment in time, her life would change She would becom This Historical novel took my breath away Elizabeth Letts has given us a glimpse into the world behind The Wizard of Oz by learning about Maud Gage Baum Maud was a little girl living with her older sister, her dad, who died while Maud was a child, and her famous Suffragette mother, Matilda Gage Her life was comfortable She was accepted to Cornell University It was there that she met Frank Baum He was her roommate s cousin From the moment in time, her life would change She would become Mrs L Frank Baum flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 19, 2018 KC rated it liked it Shelves family, love story, nostalgic, historic fiction, edelweiss, girl power, depression, civil rights 3.5 stars Hollywood 1939 When seventy eight year old Maud Gage Baum, the wife of the late L Frank Baum, first stepped onto the movie set of The Wizard of Oz, she was awestruck Soon after, she met sixteen year old Judy Garland and instantly a bond was formed The narration travels between two points in Maud s life, meeting Frank, how the story came to be and ending with the beautiful and poetic cinematic homage to her late husband This well crafted bit of historic fiction is a wonderful book 3.5 stars Hollywood 1939 When seventy eight year old Maud Gage Baum, the wife of the late L Frank Baum, first stepped onto the movie set of The Wizard of Oz, she was awestruck Soon after, she met sixteen year old Judy Garland and instantly a bond was formed The narration travels between two points in Maud s life, meeting Frank, how the story came to be and ending with the beautiful and poetic cinematic homage to her late husband This well crafted bit of historic fiction is a wonderful book club choice flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a book about a woman behind the man behind the wizard behind the curtain behind one of the greatest stories ever told and one of the greatest movies of all time Which is to say this is a book about Maud Baum, the wife of L Frank Baum, the man who gave us Oz and all adventures therein, forever commemorated in print and cinema Who doesn t love the Wizard of Oz But, like the author of this book herself, I admit to not knowing much about Baums prior to reading this Well, this book chang This is a book about a woman behind the man behind the wizard behind the curtain behind one of the greatest stories ever told and one of the greatest movies of all time Which is to say this is a book about Maud Baum, the wife of L Frank Baum, the man who gave us Oz and all adventures therein, forever commemorated in print and cinema Who doesn t love the Wizard of Oz But, like the author of this book herself, I admit to not knowing much about Baums prior to reading this Well, this book changed all that and it s a fascinating account Unlike the disappointment of finding out there s no actual wizard behind the curtain, Baum very much lives up to one s idea of what a man with such a striking imagination must have been like But the novel s main protagonist is his beloved wife, Maud A character in her own right, a daughter of a famous women right s activist, Maud left college back when just attending one was pretty revolutionary for a young woman in defiance of her mother to marry the man she loved, a theater producer, writer and actor, a man with grand dreams and a spectacular mustache The book follows the couple over the two decades and all their challenges and tribulations until finally Frank, after trying his best at so many different careers to provide for his family, writes a story that changes their lives Years later, Maud finds out about the movie of Oz being made and is determined to get involved to see that the adaptation stays loyal to Frank s ideas So it s a historical novel that spans years, decades, lifetimes really and it s a fascinating making of feature for the movie too, where behind the scenes ugliness somehow never affected the onscreen beauty The biographical narrative ends with Wizard of Oz being published, there s not much on the later years of Frank Baum The book stays with Maud throughout, even as she attends the movie premiere So the reader does get a satisfactory well rounded biographical account and, although the author made some adjustments to the details, majority of the account is factual For historical fiction it works very well, the s and tones of the bygone days are presented accurately The characters are lively, engaging, charismatic, all the interesting for being real And I loved the way it describes and imagines the various inspirations behind the beloved story The writing was probably the weakest link, too women s fiction or something, too Lifetimey, with all the plainness, simplicity and quaintness of language associated with that So I just told myself it wasn t a modern choice so much as a desire to stay authentic to the innocent at least narratively times Which pretty much worked, because I found myself completely engaged with the story and read it almost straight through in two long sittings It s possible it was pure proximity that animated this book so much, just by being so closely associated with such a magical story Somewhere Over the Rainbow remains one of the best songs ever recorded, according to sources considerably legit that personal opinions It conveys longing for a brighter world perfectly It speaks to a desire so basic, so innate as to be positively universal My fianc s favorite, first one I learned to play and just a lovely, lovely song And did you know it was almost cut from the movie Well, now you do and if you read the book you ll find out so much For fans of Oz this book is pure delight Maybe not in execution per se, but definitely as a narrative I enjoyed it tremendously Recommended Thanks Netgalley flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Lois R Gross rated it it was amazing ith all that s going on in the world, I have picked up and put down books than I can count This one was the exception, I caught from page one Of course, the fact that the Land of OZ is a special interest of mine has a lot to do with it, but I would recommend this book even if I had never heard of Wonderland If this has not been purchased as a movie property, someone is missing the boat I think I want Dianne Wiest as Maud Baum, the wife of the writer of OZ, L Frank Baum I m not sure ab ith all that s going on in the world, I have picked up and put down books than I can count This one was the exception, I caught from page one Of course, the fact that the Land of OZ is a special interest of mine has a lot to do with it, but I would recommend this book even if I had never heard of Wonderland If this has not been purchased as a movie property, someone is missing the boat I think I want Dianne Wiest as Maud Baum, the wife of the writer of OZ, L Frank Baum I m not sure about Garland I do hope they go for someone short, though I m tired of tall people playing the 4 11 star.But to the book this is the slightly Ozified for Wicked fans telling of the true story of the lives of L.Frank Baum and his Suffragist female relatives, especially his devoted and long suffering wife, Maud Maud was the daughter of Matilda Baum, a compatriot of Susan B Anthony who worked and wrote actively for women s rights ad the right to vote in the late 19th century Her daughter, Maud, was raised to assume the mantel but chose, instead, to run off with a dreamer, a theatre man, and a futurist, the least steady combination that she could chose.It is widely documented that Baum was a failure in business, crashing one start up after another and grudgingly working as a salesman while Maud struggled to make ends meet while raising their four boys However, despite this disappointing life, thee two had a devoted marriage and Frank, unable to give up his dreams and fancies, wrote the first original American fairy tale for American children in the Oz books.The book picks up when Maud, now keeper of the Oz legacy following her husband s death, takes on the lions of MGM who are altering the much loved story for the screen, abusing Judy Garland in the worst possible ways, and horror or horrors trying to cut Somewhere Over the Rainbow which preview audiences thought too long and too serious.Maud, against her own nature, becomes an avenging angel for the story, the song, and the young vulnerable star There is much in the story that is similar to the movie, Saving Mr Banks , the story of the making of Mary Poppins against the wishes of PL Travers But this book is kinder to the principle characters and the back stories of the Baum family s hard times, is a testimony to America s pioneers who opened the unforgiving Dakota territory taking with it the sanity and fortunes of many pioneers.If I would dispute anything in the book, it is the treatment of Lahr and Haley, in particular, toward Judy Garland Other accounts say that the two ego driven actors were unkind and unhappy with the young girl stealing the show Unfortunately, her sexual abuse and drug abuse at the hands of her mother and the studio are too well documented to be denied.But there is humor in this book and there is pathos and, above all, there are two wonderful stories intertwined into one wonderful book If you are an Oz fan, this is a must read If you are a movie fan, you should not miss it If you are simply looking for a good book to distract you from the issues of the day, buy the book It s worthy of Wonderland flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 20, 2018 Stephanie Crowe rated it it was amazing Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth LettsElizabeth is known for her wonderful horse stories and this new historical fiction is a brand new endeavor I ll admit I wasn t sure how I would feel about a totally different direction and was even hesitant to begin Well, not to fear A good storyteller can weave many kinds of tales and Ms Lett s is a master I was totally immersed in this wonderful story of Maude Blaum, the wife of Frank Baum who wrote The Wizard of Oz There are some new things to learn and Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth LettsElizabeth is known for her wonderful horse stories and this new historical fiction is a brand new endeavor I ll admit I wasn t sure how I would feel about a totally different direction and was even hesitant to begin Well, not to fear A good storyteller can weave many kinds of tales and Ms Lett s is a master I was totally immersed in this wonderful story of Maude Blaum, the wife of Frank Baum who wrote The Wizard of Oz There are some new things to learn and Lett s shares it all Not only do we come to know Frank and Maude and their lives together but we learn details about the making of the movie and the role of Judy Garland What s not to love A fabulous read Don t miss it flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Kimberly Mussell rated it it was amazing I was so excited when my wish was granted on NetGalley and was able to receive a copy of Finding Dorothy Who doesn t love The Wonderful Wizard Oz I loved this story and how it was written with true stories and actual events Putting facts alongside the original story was a great learning experience Finishing this story put me in a moment of ahhs 5 stars for Maud, Frank, Matilda and the entire cast of characters flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Carol Kean rated it it was amazing I love Elizabeth Letts for her love of history and her offbeat choices with The Perfect Horse, she takes us into the point of view of a relatively obscure soldier, equestrian, and dressage champion, Alois Podhajsky, and with exhaustively researched historical details, she brings to life extraordinary people who did great things unsung heroes, most of them although names like General Patton are familiar for other reasons as they launched Operation Rescue to save the fabulous horses of Worl I love Elizabeth Letts for her love of history and her offbeat choices with The Perfect Horse, she takes us into the point of view of a relatively obscure soldier, equestrian, and dressage champion, Alois Podhajsky, and with exhaustively researched historical details, she brings to life extraordinary people who did great things unsung heroes, most of them although names like General Patton are familiar for other reasons as they launched Operation Rescue to save the fabulous horses of World War II The Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous, iconic, and beloved movies in all of cinematic history It was one of the first movies in color, in 1939, and it competed with Gone with the Wind that year at the Oscars, or it might have won first place in every category The story is so familiar to so many of us, our culture is filled with references to ruby slippers, We re not in Kansas any, cries of Toto when a strong wind blows, the courage of the cowardly lion, The Tin Man rock group America sings that Oz never did give nothin to the Tin Man that he didn t already have , Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh my , I do believe in spooks, poppies Now they ll sleep , and pretty much every line in the movie is well known and oft quoted.Less well known is the name Frank Baum, author of the beloved Oz series of books.If kids today are reading those books, I haven t heard or seen evidence of it not like the Harry Potter series , but one man s imaginary world is still very much a part of our world.And this, to me, stands out the most in reading Finding Dorothy Elizabeth Letts focuses on Baumm s wife, the daughter of a famed suffragette, and her interest in the 16 year old actress who plays Dorothy in the movie We get an inside look at the movie set, the cast, and the Hollywood sleazebags who exploit girls and women sexually because there will always be where those actresses came from millions of women and girls would trade sexual favors for a shot at stardom Long before the MeToo movement and Harvey Weinstein becoming a household name, directors, producers, and casting agents were taking advantage of women This book alternates between the widow at age 78 visiting the movie set and the little girl named Maude who grew up, married an idealistic dreamer, suffered poverty and despair when bad luck hit time and time again, and ultimately saw her husband s rich imagination vindicated It was a long time coming With excruciating detail, Letts describes the squalor of a cramped apartment in Chicago, a lonely home in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the incredible bazaar and emporium Frank Baum built there and the sinking ship that literally sunk his business Frank suffered so much bad luck It seemed Maud was crazy to give up college to marry this actor, playwright and producer whose ventures kept tanking with the economy.What really hit home for me in reading this is the importance of people like Frank As a society, we value the husband who gets a good job and buys the house with the white picket fence and provides for his wife and children Maud has to take up sewing to meet household expenses, and Frank takes various odd jobs as a salesman to pay the rent and feed a growing family Years pass before he finally strings together some of the details from their life, including Maud s niece as a role model for Dorothy and the aaahs of his sons over a fantastical toy scape Frank created one Christmas, which ultimately inpsired the name Oz, to the first book that got published and launched Frank as an author Sadly, Frank Baum was dead before he ever saw his story brought to life in the cinema, but a memorable scene at a fair shows him excited as a child over one of the first gadgets to show moving pictures inside a box Our culture seems to show no respect for the dreamy idealist who d rather write stories or music for a living, or paint, or act on stage, because that s not real life, that s just play acting and having fun while shirking the hard work of the daily grind at the office But after a long day at work, what do people enjoying doing when they get home Watching a movie or TV show Where do the suppose these shows come from Guys and gals who go to a desk job at an office Monday through Friday No That is not how it works.Almost anyone can work at a desk job, but hardly anyone can write a story as memorable as The Wizard of Oz Frank Baum wrote other stories, and poems, but Oz is the one with all the staying power.And the people who write epic adventures like Oz are not likely to write while working that soul killing desk job.As a young wife and mother, Maud is often frustrated to tears or to a weary numbness as Frank fails at one venture after another, and moves them from town to town, and Frank pleads with her to believe in him It is a small thing, and yet it is huge It s what drew her to him in the first place when they met in their foolish, romantic youth Frank s imagination, his sense of wonder, his presence on stage, his utterly unconventional and sensational outlook on life For him to marry and support a wife and child, then children, is the kind of challenge that can grind down an artist s imagination and stifle productivity in the arts.And who are we, what are we, without the arts I love this novel, even though I don t have a love of historical fiction that tries to get into the mind of a real life person and present inner thoughts, dialogue, and specific details that did not come straight from journal entries Conjecture it brings a story to life, but when it s Historical Fiction about a Real Person , I find it distracting and would rather not see it in the prose.That said, this is still a 5 star story, and I would love to have everyone take home the message that we need dreamers and idealists like Frank Baum just as we need plumbers, electricians, carpenters, farmers, truckers, and all those people who keep civilization safe and civilized flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it via my blog Oh, Maud said I don t know the first thing about theater How does one go about becoming a theatrical man Well, I wasn t fit for anything else, Frank answered, his eyes crinkling up into a smile Not a whit of business sense, I m afraid unless that business is magic Maud Gage understood that she has been anointed she must not let her mother down Matilda, her mother, had fought for women to be seen as equals to men, for women to ha via my blog Oh, Maud said I don t know the first thing about theater How does one go about becoming a theatrical man Well, I wasn t fit for anything else, Frank answered, his eyes crinkling up into a smile Not a whit of business sense, I m afraid unless that business is magic Maud Gage understood that she has been anointed she must not let her mother down Matilda, her mother, had fought for women to be seen as equals to men, for women to have the right to earn college degrees the only hope for a better future something she herself was denied When Maud s older sister Julia cannot fulfill her progressive mother s expectations due to health difficulties, Maud must take her place At Sage Sage Hall was built to house females at Cornell back in 1875 she befriends Josie Baum, and realizes that her eccentricities that at home were encouraged make her feel like a complete misfit at Cornell Women may have doors open to them than her mother ever did, but aren t meant to be engaging, are expected to fade into the wallpaper For all the talk of equal rights, women are still expected to be like a houseplant for pretty decoration, to be less engaging, to bend to a man s will and be a rapt audience who fawns over the male pontificating in the classroom rather than voicing their views If they don t land a husband their only other option, educated or not, is to return back home to their parents, where they are managed instead by their father or mother It is through her friend Josie Baum that she meets her future husband, when Josie invites her over to her to a party at her house over Christmas break Josie s cousin Frank, a man of the theater actor, director, stage manager of the small traveling Baum Theater Company who will go on to write the much loved children s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Frank, whose name starts with F F, the letter that during a seance with her group of friends at the college appeared on the board, whose name her future husband begins with, if you believe that sort of thing and of course of course she doesn t Does she The joy of this novel is how Maud and others served as Frank s inspiration, from a fear of scarecrows to a sad, lonely niece, her special doll and the dress that inspired Dorothy s iconic gingham one Anyone who has ever watched Dorothy will warm while reading about the birth of Oz It wasn t all success for Maud, whom watches her own sister s poor choice of the heart and every sorrow and hardship that follows Her own path now tied to Frank Baum s, she must bust free from the confines of her mother s plans, marrying a man whose life is spent on the road with his theater When she has a child, he must find a career to support Maud and their infant son, working as a salesman and trying to ignore his flights of fancy They experience loss, Maud s severe illness during her second pregnancy, changes in career for Frank, family strain and deep grief between she and her sister Julia while living in the vastness of Dakota territory.Future Maud is a widow, nearing 80 and on the set of the film The Wizard of Oz Here she meets and befriends Judy Garland, developing tender feelings for the lonely, young woman whose overbearing stage manager mother doesn t seem to protect enough Bullied by everyone from the director to her co stars, spies watching her diet like a hawk, young Judy Garland spends a lot of time on the verge of a breakdown, her insecurities fueled by on set cruelties but finds a nurturing presence in Maud, as well as insider information on the part she wants to play to perfection Who understands Dorothy better than Baum s own wife, inspiration behind the beloved characters Too, Maud will fight to keep one of the now most famous songs Somewhere Over the Rainbow from being cut from the film, as much as fight to see young Judy isn t smacked around, literally This old woman will not be pushed aside, she has made a promise to her husband s memory and herself that this film must do justice to Frank s tale, not diminish it Having been raised by a mother who was quite the suffragette, it seems like destiny that Maud witnesses the binding of Judy s developed body, to make her appear younger, after all Dorothy was a little girl in the book and the attempts to deny her proper nutrition of course Maud sneaks tasty snacks to feed Judy herself Such control a far cry from the rights her mother demanded, so far into the future and women still being handled, unrealistic expectations forced upon them Maud, despite giving up her degree for marriage wasn t one to retreat, her marriage to Frank dealt her many hardships that even the most educated, progressive woman would break under They always had love and respect, and she is due credit as much as Frank s own diligence, for his success Maud was a woman who managed their family finances, raised their two sons while Frank s career often pulled him away, who pushed her husband to realize his dreams.While the relationship between Maud and Judy Garland is tender, the past is the heartbeat of this novel I don t think I will ever watch the film without thinking of all the sorrows that touched the Baum s There is a lot of heartbreak, the story isn t all rainbows and good witches but that s not to say there isn t a lot of happiness too Beautiful, I didn t expect to like this novel as much as I did It s a very rich story Publication Date February 12, 2019Random House PublishingBallantine Books flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts is a charming imagining of the life of Mrs Frank L Baum In 1938 a seventy seven year old Maud Baum pushes her way into MGM studios to fulfill her promise to her husband to always protect Dorothy She isn t taken seriously, but nonplussed, continues to show up during the production of The Wizard of Oz to protect her husband s creation, so believed by children She notices the appalling treatment endured by teenage actress Judy Garland and befriends the girl Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts is a charming imagining of the life of Mrs Frank L Baum In 1938 a seventy seven year old Maud Baum pushes her way into MGM studios to fulfill her promise to her husband to always protect Dorothy She isn t taken seriously, but nonplussed, continues to show up during the production of The Wizard of Oz to protect her husband s creation, so believed by children She notices the appalling treatment endured by teenage actress Judy Garland and befriends the girl Maud Gage was the daughter of a well connected suffragette who expected her to earn a college degree Being a coed was hard enough in 1880 being the daughter of a notorious activist brought further harassment Visiting her college roommate s family she meets L Frank Baum He wins her heart and her parent s approval, even though he was self educated and ran a traveling troupe that performed his plays across the country Their life is filled with hardship and challenges, love and loss, taking them from New York State to touring the country, to the upper plains to Chicago, until Frank finally sets down on paper the stories he loves to tell.Letts story is based on actual events and persons Some of the most amazing events in the novel actually happened.As a girl in the 1950s, I was always so excited when The Wizard of Oz movie was aired on television I was an adult before I saw it in color I discovered very old copies of the Oz series in my elementary school library and read most of the books.I enjoyed Finding Dorothy and I think you will, too It was wonderful to learn about the man behind the curtain who imagined the Oz stories, and the strong woman he married Judy Garland s experience of abuse mirror stories we still hear today I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 23, 2018 Mara rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, feminism, books about books When The Wizard of Oz was being made into a movie, L Frank Baum s widow Maud took it upon herself to make sure that the movie honored her late husband s vision in the book that the heart of Oz was present in the movie I think most of us who have grown up watching the movie would agree that her efforts were successful In writing about Maud Baum, Elizabeth Letts allows us to find the magic of Oz anew.In writing about Frank and Maud s life together, Letts let s us see the magic that they, pa When The Wizard of Oz was being made into a movie, L Frank Baum s widow Maud took it upon herself to make sure that the movie honored her late husband s vision in the book that the heart of Oz was present in the movie I think most of us who have grown up watching the movie would agree that her efforts were successful In writing about Maud Baum, Elizabeth Letts allows us to find the magic of Oz anew.In writing about Frank and Maud s life together, Letts let s us see the magic that they, particularly Frank saw in their every day life, and shows us the many inspirations that came together to become Oz In her Author s Note, Letts explains that many of the origins of Oz are well documented, and her skill as a writer brings those scenes alive and allows her readers to experience the magic that Frank felt.This backstory is told as Maud finagles her way onto the set of The Wizard of Oz at MGM studios She s particularly concerned with the character of Dorothy, and her time with Judy Garland reassures her that the singer can bring the right blend of innocence and longing to the part She must also confront the rampant sexism on the movie set, as Judy and other actresses are subject to sexual harassment Here Letts allows Maud to recall her early life as the daughter of a prominent sufragette and her lifelong committment to women s equality, of which Frank was an ardent supporter Feminism, suffrage, and Maud s inherent practicality married to Frank s sense of wonder all went into making Oz the magical place that it is in books, on stage and screen, and in our hearts In bringing that alive, Letts has given fans of Oz a great gift flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Pamela Sewell rated it it was amazing Shelves giveaways Giveaway Although a lifelong Oz fan, I knew nothing of the creator or the wife who anchored him Maud Gage was the youngest daughter of Matilda Gage, a sufferate who wrote The Declaration of Women s Rights and presented it to the Senate The tomboy grew up under the wings of aunties Susan B, Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton One of the first female coeds at Cornell, she left short of matriculating to wed thespian L Frank Braun It was a good union and she was a stabilizer for her wh Giveaway Although a lifelong Oz fan, I knew nothing of the creator or the wife who anchored him Maud Gage was the youngest daughter of Matilda Gage, a sufferate who wrote The Declaration of Women s Rights and presented it to the Senate The tomboy grew up under the wings of aunties Susan B, Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton One of the first female coeds at Cornell, she left short of matriculating to wed thespian L Frank Braun It was a good union and she was a stabilizer for her whimsical husband Their enterprises took them in a life of highs and lows from the Dakotas to Chicago Interestingly, the seed of inspiration for Oz was rooted in a heart wrenching interlude.They were the parents of sons, but there was a Dorothy with pigtails and a gingham dress A lonely, neglected child who needed the hope of Somewhere Over the Rainbow Sadly, circumstances forced Aunte Em to leave the child behind During the 1939 filming, Maud was at MGM often to persevere her husband s vision Awed at the talent of Judy Garland she befriended the teen and warned her of Hollywood s pitfalls An engaging book that draws back the wizard s curtain for a glimpse of the story behind the classic we know and love Very good read flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Candace rated it it was amazing You couldn t make this stuff up Author Elizabeth Letts say a photo of Judy Garland on the set of The Wizard of Oz with Maud Baum, the widow of Oz author L Frank Baum What was that about she must have wondered, and the result is a fascinating novel that readers will love.Maud Gage was born during the Civil War and raised by her progressive family to value education for women and be headstrong Her parents her mother was the suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage sent her to a boy s school and the You couldn t make this stuff up Author Elizabeth Letts say a photo of Judy Garland on the set of The Wizard of Oz with Maud Baum, the widow of Oz author L Frank Baum What was that about she must have wondered, and the result is a fascinating novel that readers will love.Maud Gage was born during the Civil War and raised by her progressive family to value education for women and be headstrong Her parents her mother was the suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage sent her to a boy s school and then to Cornell, one of the first women to attend but Maude left college before graduating when she met Frank Baum, who had his own theater company and traveled the country Frank was not a terribly practical man, but he had a kindness and whimsy that won everyone over Having heeded her mother and making sure she had her own money, widowed Maud is living in Hollywood when she hears that Frank s first Oz book is being made into a movie The Oz stories were hugely popular and she feels an obligation to make sure the story is true to Frank s vision, especially the character of Dorothy Maud may be elderly but she has lost none of her determination to see things done right She befriends Judy Garland who she feels is much to old to play Dorothy, who s about six in the books but for whom she feels a great affinity Was Maud s influence felt in the final version And who was the inspiration for Dorothy Although the Hollywood scenes are wonderful and filled with peaks into a movie nearly everyone knows and loves, the scenes of the Baum s life in a Dakota boom town are some of the best in the book Her characterization of Frank Baum captures his joyful humor and work ethic How wonderful that he was able to strike the happy mean where he could express his delight in the world and support his large family.Letts first two books were non fiction and with Finding Dorothy she proves herself to be as equally skilled in weaving stories around people as she was around horses This book is a treat ENjoy flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Kyra Leseberg Roots Reads rated it really liked it Shelves arc 3.5 stars Perhaps, Maud thought, in order to make a truly great story, you ve got to put an entire life into it all the heartbreak, all the glory When I think of enduring books and films, The Wizard of Oz is one of the first to come to mind It s a classic both on the page and screen for people of all ages thanks to the wildly imaginative story.In Finding Dorothy, author Elizabeth Letts tells the story of author L Frank Baum s wife Maud, from her unusual childhood surrounded by the leadin 3.5 stars Perhaps, Maud thought, in order to make a truly great story, you ve got to put an entire life into it all the heartbreak, all the glory When I think of enduring books and films, The Wizard of Oz is one of the first to come to mind It s a classic both on the page and screen for people of all ages thanks to the wildly imaginative story.In Finding Dorothy, author Elizabeth Letts tells the story of author L Frank Baum s wife Maud, from her unusual childhood surrounded by the leading suffragettes of the time including her own mother Matilda Gage , her time as one of the first female students at Cornell University, and her personal life as a wife and mother struggling to make ends meet while Frank finds his passion Along the way we learn the real life inspiration behind the beloved characters readers have come to know and love in Oz.We also follow the story of Maud in 1939 on the set of The Wizard of Oz where she meets Judy Garland Maud wants to make sure that the movie will stay true to her late husband s imagination When Maud hears Judy sing Over the Rainbow for the first time, she is certain Judy is meant to play the role of Dorothy Judy and Dorothy Dorothy and Judy She now understood that they were one and the same You couldn t love the character and look past the girl who was pinned into that gingham dress Maud feels real affection for Judy and when she notices the pressure placed on the young girl by her own mother and the studio, she becomes fiercely protective of Judy, as both the character of Dorothy and the actress on the brink of becoming a Hollywood sensation.Many books have been written about the life of L Frank Baum but Letts has given us the story behind his masterpiece his life with and enduring love for Maud, told from her point of view.As a fan of historical fiction, I loved the voice of Maud She was level headed and practical but in love with a dreamer While their life wasn t always easy, she loved watching Frank pursue his passions and was supportive of his vision In Finding Dorothy, Maud finds out that magic may exist after all, albeit in a practical way Magic is when a lot of people all believe in the same thing at the same time, and somehow we all escape ourselves a little bit and we meet up somewhere, and just for a moment, we taste the sublime Fans of The Wizard of Oz and historical fiction written from fresh perspectives will enjoy reading about the lives of Frank and Maud Baum, the real life inspiration for Oz and its characters, and secrets behind the scenes of the making of the film.Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review Finding Dorothy is scheduled 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      • Elizabeth Letts

        ELIZABETH LETTS is an award winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non fiction The Perfect Horse was the winner of the 2017 PEN USA Award for Research Non fiction and a 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion was a 1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation She is a ELIZABETH LETTS is an award winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non fiction The Perfect Horse was the winner of the 2017 PEN USA Award for Research Non fiction and a 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Eighty Dollar Champion was a 1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award winning children s book, The Butter Man She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan


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    1. 3.5 stars rounded up The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favorite movies for years than I m willing to admit I ve seen it so many times that I can recite a lot of the dialogue by heart I have to admit, though, that I have never read the book and having read this novel makes me want to read it If I had read the book, I would have known that the ruby slippers weren t red and that Oz is not emerald green, among other things I just knew that this book would evoke nostalgic feelings and 3.5 stars ro [...]


    2. When Maud Gage began her first year of Cornell University, her focus was only on higher learning, and certainly not the boys of Cornell Her roommate is Josie, Josie Baum, and it is through Josie that Maud meets the man that was foretold by a somewhat silly group of young women, Josie s brother L Frank Baum A man who, one day, will write one of those beloved childhood books The Wizard of Oz This is the story that is behind the making of both the book, and the now classic film, a film that [...]


    3. This is a sweet story of the widow of L Frank Baum, the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz It s told both during the making of the movie years after Mr Baum has passed on and the years of their lives together Mrs Maud Baum, the daughter of a suffragette, is one of the first women to go to Cornell as a coed There, she is introduced to her future husband, the cousin of her roommate She defies her mother to marry this theatre man This isn t a deep tale or an overly impressive story But This is a [...]


    4. I received a free e copy of Finding Dorothy A Novel by Elizabeth Letts from NetGalley for my honest review.Who didn t love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz A fascinating and adventurous classic MGM movie starring Judy Garland Now years later,Elizabeth Letts introduces us to the author L Frank Baum behind the book and movie We also get to learn about his wife, Maud This story is told through Maud s voice It is a story of her life.Maud Baum, f k a Maud Gage, was the daughter of a shopkeeper, I received [...]


    5. L Frank Baum wrote a book that would prove to be one of the most beloved books of all times, The Wizard of Oz What child doesn t know this magical story This new book by Dorothy Letts tells the story behind the story of the Land of Oz The book centers on Maud Gage Baum, Frank s wife, and fluctuates between the childhood and life of Maud starting when she was 10 years old in 1871 and the time period when the movie with Judy Garland was filmed and released.Not only was Maud the daughter of a L Fra [...]



    6. Full review coming but in the meantime, add this to your shelf It s just amazing Fans of The Wizard of Oz will be blown away


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