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This richly imagined novel 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.

Travels from: California

Elizabeth Letts

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. #1 New York Times Bestseller The Eighty-Dollar Champion was a 2011 Indie Next Pick, a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation and is currently in development as a feature film at MGM Studios.

Her second work of non-fiction, The Perfect Horse was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the 2017 Pen USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction and is available in a young reader edition.

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.

She is also the author of two other books, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award-winning children’s book, The Butter Man. A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Nursing, she is a passionate equestrian, a former certified nurse-midwife, and she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

FINDING DOROTHY is a breathtaking read that will transport you over the rainbow and into the heart of one of America’s most enduring fairy tales.
— Lisa Wingate, NYT Bestselling Author of BEFORE WE WERE YOURS
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Talks and Topics

  • The Wonderful Women of Oz: the true story of L. Frank Baum’s feminist wife and mother-in-law and the secret message of feminism embedded in the Wizard of Oz.

  • Secrets from the Wizard of Oz: How the life and times of L. Frank Baum and his family influenced America’s favorite homegrown fairy tale.

  • The Perfect Horse: (multi-media presentation)

  • Breeding the Perfect Horse: how horse-breeding became entangled with eugenics and Nazis, and what we learned from this.

  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: (multi-media presentation)

  • Our noble reflection: How the horse has shaped history, technology, and society

  • The Animal-Human bond: how stories about animals reveal our deepest humanity

  • From minivan mom to bestselling author: how an over-40 nurse and mom of four became a #1 bestselling author, and how all of us can tap into and realize our dreams.

  • Truth or Fiction: how non-fiction and historical fiction are similar and different.

  • Writing fiction from real life.

  • We are all historians: how to shape, collect, and document your personal and family history.

  • Writing the War: how to find and preserve your family’s military history.

  • Rescue! What stories of animal rescue teach us about ourselves

Beautifully researched and written, FINDING DOROTHY pulls back the curtain on a fascinating relationship behind the making of The Wizard of Oz.
— Martha Hall Kelly, NYT Bestselling Author of LILAC GIRLS

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