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Elizabeth Letts at the Palos Verdes Library

 

Meet author Elizabeth Letts #1 New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent book, Finding Dorothy, is a richly imagined novel which 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. 

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for research nonfiction, as well as two previous novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning. She lives in Southern California.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Address: 
701 Silver Spur Road
Peninsula Central Library
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Books: 
Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525622109
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - February 12th, 2019

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 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 new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America’s heartland.


The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired a Nation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345521095
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 29th, 2012

The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345544827
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 23rd, 2017