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About our 2022 Book of the Year, Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts
The description of our book was provided by Amazon.com. Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy seven year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after her husband, Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book- because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.
But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette’s daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank, to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her, the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.
The author of two New York Times bestselling nonfiction books, The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, Elizabeth Letts is a master at discovering and researching a rich historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. Finding Dorothy is the result of Letts’s journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum.
Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts’s book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America’s heartland.
You may want to get a head start on reading the book before January. There are several copies available forcirculation in the Library. It is also available on Kindle and Audible.
Check Out our TTOB Display Under the Library Stairs
Thank you to Mary Fran Verostek, Linda Conklin, and Jo Anne Robbins for creating and installing the ‘Dorothy’ display in the Around the Corner (and under the stairs) display case. It also includes a review in posters of our great Two Towns – One Book selections from the past ten years!
About the Author from her Website
Elizabeth Letts was born in Southern California where she spent all of her time on the back of a horse when she wasn’t reading a book. She graduated from Yale with a major in history and then joined the Peace Corps. After her Peace Corps service, she studied at the Yale School of Nursing where she trained as a certified
nurse-midwife. She began publishing books while working and raising four children. Her books have been Indie Next, Library Reads and Junior Library Guild selections, and a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist. She’s been honored with the 2017 PEN USA award for Research Non-Fiction, the Daniel P. Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation, and her books have reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller lists. She lives in southern California and spends her summers in Northern Michigan. She loves nothing more than a good road trip and has driven across the country, coast-to-coast more than 20 times.
Elizabeth is an engaging public speaker who is known for connecting with her audiences on a personal level. Her books have been selected for multiple One Book programs, including Pasadena, CA, Grand Rapids, MI, and Syracuse, NY. She has made multiple national and local TV and radio appearances, including The Today Show, and National Public Radio.
We are working to bring Elizabeth Letts to Clifton Park for an author event and book signing. We are also planning other enjoyable events that will provide our Library patrons a challenging and enlightening program around this interesting community read.
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