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Finding Dorothy
Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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.
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marleed
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This was a bookclub reread. I gave it 5* when it was released, but have more mixed feelings now. I‘ve read piles historical fiction since then and have become critical of the naïveté authors sometimes write into historical figures. Maud Gage had a fascinating upbringing with her suffragette mother and subsequent marriage to L Frank and I believe her to be more sophisticated than she was portrayed here. ↓

marleed That said I‘m really glad I gave this a reread because I took the time to google the Gage men and Baum women this time. My bookclub was surprised they were so intrigued by Maud‘s story. One person thought L Frank was a narcissist and Maud a terrible mother but no one else (including me) felt that way at all. 3w
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megzieboo
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Very wholesome, it inspired me to read the original Wizard of Oz book and have an Oz movie marathon with my son. Hoping to go see wicked too as a finale to the Oz adventure. 💕

Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 5mo
ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
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JMEdwards
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This was a most interesting read. You not only learn about the behind the scenes filming of the Wizard of Oz, but also the life and times of the author of the Oz books as seen through the eyes of his wife, Maud, daughter of the famous suffragist, Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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GinaKButler
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Up next! My #doublespin from February. I‘ve heard all good things! #bookspinbingi

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 9mo
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SueLovesBooks
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Just finished this book. Dual storyline, the life of Maud Baum(L. Frank Baum‘s wife) and time on the set of the Wizard of Oz movie.

megnews I really liked this one 10mo
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LeslieO
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What a gem! Loved the two timelines. Always love an old Hollywood story. I must confess that I‘ve never read the book The Wizard of Oz.

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LeslieO
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Looking forward to these two. #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

EvieBee So different, lol! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 13mo
bookishdawg I really enjoyed both… hope you do too 👍🏻😊 13mo
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withateee
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Nice mix of author life (Baum/ author of OZ. made me want to find out more about him) and some behinds the scenes of making of The Wizard of Oz (not to much though). Flashes between turn of century life struggle in the midwest and late 1930s Hollywood. I‘m not going to rave but i‘m not going to complain either.

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Judybskt
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This was an amazing read.

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Jaimelire
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The whole time I was reading this book, I felt like I had already read parts of it. Maybe I had read some of the historical facts at some other time (?) I enjoyed the details about the author of The Wizard of Oz, as told from the point of view of his wife. I did find some of it dragged on a bit, but overall, it‘s a good read.

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Ncostell
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I loved this historical fiction with two timelines, one of the earlier life and marriage of Maud Baum to L. Frank Baum and the other detailing her involvement behind the scenes of the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. Maud was the daughter of Matilda Gage, a leader in the fight for women‘s suffrage and their backstory was fascinating as well. It was really interesting to find tidbits from Maud and Frank‘s lives that influenced The Wizard of Oz.

robinb I enjoyed this as well, but it had some unbearably sad moments. 2y
Ncostell @robinb Agreed, there were definitely some heart wrenching parts too. 2y
marleed I‘m reading Sold on a Monday set in the 1930s. When I think of Judy Garland in the same era, she in another sort of way, was also sold by her mother. 2y
Ncostell @marleed Yes, that‘s true. The treatment of Judy Garland by those with power surrounding her was really atrocious and her mother seemed to turn a blind eye to it unfortunately. 2y
robinb @Ncostell Yes, those were such hard parts to read (and the diet issues). Made me angry/sad. 2y
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Judybskt
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🦋 I can‘t think of any. I do like the friendships in Elin Hildebrand‘s books.

🦋 1 at a time

🦋 Tagged - NY and Hollywood and Oz

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🦋 2y
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Judybskt
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This looks good!

Come-read-with-me The flowers are beautiful! Tulips are my favourite! 2y
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teainthelibrary
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Another rainy morning here in England ☔️ I don‘t mind because it‘s giving me PNW vibes and I. LOVE. IT.

I just started Finding Dorothy last night and am thoroughly intrigued by it. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies, so I‘m looking forward to diving into it further! 🌀💚

megnews I loved this one 💚 2y
teainthelibrary @megnews so good to hear! I‘m only about 100 pages in, but enjoying it so far. 2y
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bookishdawg
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The Oz books were some of my favorites growing up and I still have many of the original hardcover editions passed on from my grandma. This gentle and uplifting story not only brought back many memories, but was exactly the read I needed right now. ❤️

ozma.of.oz My mother raised me on the Oz books. I‘ll have to check this out. ❤️ 3y
megnews @ozma.of.oz I loved it so much!! 3y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Finding Dorothy, a novel account telling the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's wife Maude. I loved the book, both the facts & fictionalized side of it. Having grown up in Holland Michigan, near the Macatawa cottage community where Baum summered as a child, I was somewhat disappointed not to find any mention of the account that the area played into his writing of the story including the castle.

TheHeartlandBookFairy My book is photographed with a bronze statue of Dorothy and Toto. This brand statue is part of the Oz exhibit at our local library and connecting park, all built as a tribute to Baums connections to the Holland and Macatawa area. Dorothy is also joined buy a host of other bronze characters from the book and a living book sculpture made out of plants that adorns the park across the Street joined by a yellow brick road ❤️📖 3y
Aims42 I loved this book so much 💛 His home in Chicago was just recently honored; https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/11/04/yellow-brick-road-built-where-l-frank-ba... 3y
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Aims42 I love that, thank you for sharing! I'd love to visit it someday if that would be possible ☺️ 3y
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Special_K
Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts

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.

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"Oh, Kansas isn't the state of Kansas," Maud said. "Kansas is just the place you're stuck in, wherever that might be. "

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IrishColleen
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A very nice story of how The Wizard of Oz came to be written. Good imagery and character development. Seemed a bit slow to me so I wasn‘t driven to spend hours at a time with it as I do with other books, but still a good read. I feel sorry for the treatment of Judy Garland in the movie‘s making (also, I just watched that movie about her and this book reiterates). 4/5 stars

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Sharpeipup
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Never read here by the lake before...so why not now, right? #whereiread #coronavirus #quarantine

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Sharpeipup
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There‘s no place like home.
#newyearwhodis @megnews @monalyisha

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Biblionut
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❤️❤️❤️❤️ This book makes me want to go and read all the Oz books. Reading them now after I know the backstory and more about the author and his extraordinary wife would make it so much sweeter.

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Jen2
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Just ok. I wish I have liked it more.

j.rye I think you have to be in the right mood for it. I loved it when I read it, but I don‘t think I‘d love it as much today. 3y
Jen2 I think you are right. 3y
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MaggieCarr
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Wow wow wow! The details truly make this story read like a memoir, diary, or biography but instead based on many, many historical facts, instances, articles and research is fiction but feels so real. If you have ever read or watched The Wizard Of Oz be sure to get this on your list to read.

megnews I loved this! 3y
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bookishbitch
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Saw this at my local bookshop and had to have it.

Aims42 I loved this book so much!! But, my mom couldn‘t get into it. I hope you enjoy it!! 3y
marleed It‘s a wonderful book! 3y
megnews I loved it! 3y
bookishbitch @Aims42 @marleed @megnews Glad to hear all the positive reviews! Thank you! 3y
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this book too!! 3y
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robinb
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I simply fell in love with this passage from Maud Baum to Judy Garland. 💙

“Magic isn‘t things materializing out of nowhere. 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.”

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robinb
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My last historical fiction book from Round 6 of #LMPBC...and it is a winner! Loved this part fiction/part nonfiction tale of how and why L. Frank Baum wrote his enduring masterpiece, told from his wife Maud‘s perspective as she watches the 1939 film being made. There‘s Hollywood history here as well, some surprises, some heartbreaks. I found this very interesting, moving and informative. Definitely recommend. 4.5/5⭐️

robinb Will probably get it in the mail to you today or tomorrow @Kdgordon88 .😊 @Crazeedi @megnews @suvata 3y
megnews It was really good wasn‘t it?! 3y
robinb @megnews loved it! 👍😊 3y
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robinb @Kdgordon88 Your book went out today. Should reach you by next Friday. 😊 3y
Deblovestoread Thanks, Robin! I am so glad you liked the book. @Crazeedi I have started Moloka‘i and hope to have it finished by the end of the month. I received some devastating news about my boss this week and have been unable to concentrate on reading. I thank you all for the great book choices! I really enjoyed this experience. @megnews @suvata 3y
robinb So sorry for the bad news about your boss @Kdgordon88 . 🙏 I feel so lucky to have been a part of this wonderful group! You ALL picked amazing reads that I might not have otherwise gotten to, and I‘m thankful to have read them. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 not to worry, so sorry to hear your bad news. Thinking of you 3y
Deblovestoread @robinb Finding Dorothy arrived. I look forward to reading everyone‘s comments. @megnews @Crazeedi Thanks again for the great experience! 3y
megnews @Kdgordon88 Sorry for your bad news. I recall a time that left me unable to concentrate to read for quite awhile. I agree. Can not wait to read everyone‘s comments. I am almost done with The Other Alcott and should have it mailed to @robinb Friday. @crazeedi 3y
robinb @megnews No rush! 😊👍 3y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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The wife of frank Baum remembers her past while trying to look out for Judy garland as the wizard of oz is made into a movie.

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robinb
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Excited to start my final book in Round 6 of #LMPBC (historical fiction). Have read some really great books with this group! Great pics everyone!! 👏👏👏👏👏

@Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 @megnews @suvata

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robinb
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@megnews It‘s here! 😊👍 Thanks!

@Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 @suvata

#LMPBC

megnews Glad it made it! 3y
Aims42 Hope you enjoy it! One of my favorites this year 🥰 3y
robinb @Aims42 Looking forward to reading it! Thanks! 😊 3y
Aims42 @robinb 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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megnews
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I loved Finding Dorothy. Great pick Debra! I knew nothing of Baum‘s life and it was so interesting to learn how he wove their lives into Oz. The making of the movie was also interesting. Judy was amazing but also sad knowing how that ended.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LMPBC

Book 262/265 9/20/19

Deblovestoread I am glad you liked it! 3y
Crazeedi It was a great story!! 3y
megnews @robinb Finding Dorothy is on its way to you! Estimated to be there 10/2. 3y
robinb @megnews YAY! Thanks, I‘ll be on the lookout! 👍 3y
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Quirkybookworm
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JenniferP I got this through the LT early reviewers program months ago and haven‘t gotten to it yet. 3y
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OutsmartYourShelf I really enjoyed this book. 3y
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RockLibn
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Finally reading this from my TBR - book cart. Yes, I said cart. 😁🌈❤️

megnews I‘m almost done with it. It‘s really good. 3y
marleed Perfect slippers for the occasion! 3y
RockLibn @marleed Indeed! A gift from my sister who knows how much I love The Wizard of Oz! 3y
RockLibn @megnews I am enjoying it so far. 3y
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megnews
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@Crazeedi If you like audio check out Colonial Radio Theatre‘s version of The Wizard of Oz. It was great.

#lmpbc

Crazeedi Thanks for info! I'm definitely going to listen to it! 3y
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megnews
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100 pages left in Moloka‘i then I‘m off to see the Wizard. 🧙‍♂️ Got my next #LMPBC book in the mail today! Can‘t wait for this read.

Aims42 I hope you enjoy ‘Finding Dorothy‘, that was a favorite of mine this year 💖 3y
Crazeedi So glad it arrived safely! Enjoy!! 3y
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Crazeedi
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#LMPBC round 6 @suvata
@robinb @Kdgordon88 @megnews
I totally enjoyed this story. Of course *The Wizard of Oz* was a movie I watched year after year as a child and into adulthood. Maud Baum is the voice that tells the story of her life with Frank and the making of the movie.
Recommend 4⭐
This will be sent on it's way this week!

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litenthusiast
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I learned so much from this book. I grew up watching "The Wizard of Oz" frequently as a child. I could not put this book down. I knew nothing about Maud Baum or the life L. Frank Baum. I loved reading about how strong Maud was and how she viewed the filming of the movie "The Wizard of Oz." I highly recommend this book.

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Spending a quiet Saturday night reading this book. I just received this in from the library and looking forward to reading about Maud Baum.

Aims42 I hope you like it, I loved this book so much ❤️ 3y
Crazeedi I'm reading for our LMPBC group!! 3y
litenthusiast @Aims42 I'm glad you liked it so much. I'm really enjoying it. 3y
litenthusiast @Crazeedi I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. I'm enjoying it so far. 3y
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Crazeedi
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Starting my next #LMPBC #round06
@suvata @Kdgordon88 @megnews @robinb
And thank you for the special bookmark Debra!!💗💗💗

brit91 💖📚💖📚💖📚 3y
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous bookmark! 👠🌪🌈 3y
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@Kdgordon88 the book arrived today!! What a beautiful sleeve!!
@megnews @robinb @suvata #LMPBC round 6

Crazeedi @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks isn't it perfect!! 3y
Birdsong28 How cute is this!!!! Look @rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍😍📚📖 3y
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rubyslippersreads @Birdsong28 Absolutely gorgeous! You‘re obviously a good witch, @Kdgordon88 😊🌈👠 3y
robinb Love it! ❤️ 3y
Deblovestoread @robinb @megnews I couldn‘t resist sending along with a matching sleeve. Thanks @rubyslippersreads 😀 3y
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 that was such a great idea! You are so creative!! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the sleeve! Did you make that @Kdgordon88? It's gorgeous! 3y
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Deblovestoread
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I enjoyed this story intertwining the story of L. Frank and Maud Baum with the making of The Wizard of Oz. Looking forward to reading the comments of my #LMPBC group members after its journey hither and yon. It should arrive on Thursday @Crazeedi

@robinb @megnews @suvata

Crazeedi Yay! Looking forward! 3y
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I listened to this one and seriously thought of not finishing it because of the narrator. The story was interesting, as it is based on real events. Not what I expected. 3 stars. #24in48

Prairiegirl_reading The narrator makes such a huge difference for me! 3y
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