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The Hollywood machine and how Judy Garland was treated at age 15 She was given pills to help her Genres Across the Disciplines 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 theengths that the studio executives would go to insure success Though Maud s role here may be the most fictionalized part I oved 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 ife Game Night 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 herove 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 Magic Touch (The Wizards of Venus, letters and photographs Recommended to others whooved the book or movie as I still do I received an advanced copy of this book from Ballantine Books through NetGalley I m off to follow the yellow brick road to drop off my negativity pick up new marbles for my brain give my heart a bathand as for courage goes well it s not an issue as you can seeIt must be sacrilegious to say anything Grovers Own Alphabet less than aw when it comes to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz But this book was just ok for me Given that I ve read some heavy books recently with another 700 page book I m reading filled with war again drugs and violence I thought there couldn t be a fluffy fun book to read than Finding Dorothy aightweight pallet cleanserBut I wasn t especially enchanted Oh this book was endearingly sweet at times butkick ass Baum wife Maud wasn t particularly a warm to connect with woman Andthis was her story She had a Husband for Real lot to saybut I found her personality aittle off putting The history was interesting but I wasn t blown over by it I Root to Stem like the beginning and ending than Elizabeth Letts blends fact and fiction in this fascinating piece of historical fiction that explores theife of Maud Gage Baum the Hard Pushed little known wife of L Frank Baum the famous author of the The Wizard of Oz The narrative has two timelines that of Maud and her family from the 1870s onwards and the 78 year old Maud s presence on the Hollywood film set of The Wizard of Oz in 1939 where she aims to ensure that the movie stays true to her husband s vision Maud is the daughter of Matilda a well known suffragette a feminist and mother who ensured that Maud was unencumbered by theimits faced by women at the time Maud is a fearless and independent character and one of the first women to attend Cornell University which is where she meets the actor Frank when the two are introduced to each other by her flatmateMaud proves to be her own woman when she marries Frank despite the fierce opposition of her mother Frank is a wonderfully imaginative father but it is Maud s indomitable strength optimism and determination that is key to surviving challenging years of penury in South Dakota where various entrepreneurial ventures collapse Insights of their family and children through the years are to inform Frank s novel and the characters within it such as Dorothy and the Tin Man These years How Philosophy Works lay the foundation for the strong willed Maud that we encounter in 1939 she has no ualms about taking on Hollywood executives The young Judy Garland is being mistreated and abused on the film slapped fed pills and cigarettes to keep her weight down all of which is aided and abetted by Judy s ghastly and ambitious mother Maud takes it upon herself to do all that she can to help and protect Judy but no doubt it is these beginnings that are to contribute to Judy sater ife becoming so troubled with her addictions and insecuritiesLetts engages in considerable research for her novel although she does take iberties here and there with history and her characters I found this compulsive reading particularly the parts that relate to the making of The Wizard of Oz which I have seen so many times and ove I imagine there are few people who have never seen it Letts characterisation of Maud is "WONDERFUL MAUD IS A ONE OFF "Maud is a one off kind of woman that I was immediately drawn to and "Found Such A Compulsive Stand Out Character "such a compulsive stand out character the central protagonist of the story This is an entertaining read and I thoroughly enjoyed the insights of US history provided in Maud and Frank s story and that of the Hollywood movie business that Letts provides in the narrative Many thanks to uercus for an ARC NOW AVAILABLE I FIND MYSELF TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT THIS BOOKMy 2019 year of reading is off to a wonderful start partly because of this wonderful book This is such an original story that I couldn t wait to start reading and I was not disappointed The fact that I ve watched this movie over a dozen times improved my experience because when Maud our main character is talking about the scenes that were being filmed I could remember each and every one of themFrom the blurb you know that this novel is written from the point of view of Maud Gage Baum wife of L Frank Baum the author of The Wizard of Oz There are two time frames one starting in the 1870 s when Maud and Frank are young married very poor and raising their family of four boys The other time frame takes place during the taping of the movie around 1939Maud was the daughter of a Matilda Gage a eading voice for women s rights Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton were freuent visitors in their home Matilda wanted her daughter to be independent well educated and have a Dancing on the Ceiling life of her own continuing to carry out her mother s work for women s rights When Maud was introduced to Frank by her college roommate they uickly fell inove Matilda was so upset with Maud marrying a theater man actor that she never spoke to her again after their marriageMaud and Frank started their marriage The Wee Free Men (Discworld, living in Dakota starting various start up businesses that never seemed to take off One a fantastical sounding children s toy store was said to contain just about any toy that a child could wish for The store did well for some time but when the town fell on hard times Frank was forced to sell the store and go to work as a salesman Maud took in sewing to keep a home for the boys and food on the table During this time she tried to help her sister Julia who had married a hard headed and perhaps abusive husband Sheived uite far away but they did visit occasionally and Maud was in charmed and in Kidnapped love with herittle niece who is uite probably Frank s inspiration for Dorothy right down to the blue gingham dress that Maud sewed for her Throughout all of their hard times Frank always found ways to make things magical for his children with his wit and imaginative play interactionsThe second time All Quiet on the Western Front line takes place during the filming of the movie where Maud tries to keep theeaders of MGM to keep true to her husband s story She befriends Judy Garland whom she uickly sees is being treated terribly Her mother along with the director keep Judy on diet pills so that she won t grow out of the part since she is reaching puberty She is also encouraged to smoke cigarettes to tame her hunger and was even slapped in the face when she couldn t stop História do Rei Transparente laughing in a part of the filming I already knew where this beginning addictioned the singeractress and was ashamed that it was her mother who encouraged this behaviorI did feel a connection to Maud I Best Mechanic Ever liked her ability to always find the silverining and make the most of what the family had to stay happy Later I Dinosaur Dinners loved her strength and tenacity to try to help Judy through the tough times during filming It was interestingearning so many things about the original Wizard of Oz Frank never wanted anything to scare children in his books and there was no wicked witch in his story Oz was supposed to be a wonderland that children could escape to when things were sad or difficult for them Of note is the fact that the studio almost cut Over the Rainbow because they thought it was too In His Blood long There is much to discover in this bookI encourage everyone to read this book and if by chance you have never watched the movie please do so it is a treasured movie icon I received an ARC of this novel from the publishers through NetGalley The book is set to publish February 12 2019. Rly days when theyived 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 Desert Kings (Deathlands, lose weight bind her breasts andaugh 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 Ju. The story behind the story of the classic book and movie Finding Dorothy is the story behind one of the most beloved books and movies of all time The Wizard of Oz The story is told through the voice of L Frank Baum s wife Maud Finding Dorothy covers the time that Maud and Frank ive in South Dakota barely making ends meet It was during this time that the couple meets a real Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, life Dorothy who inspired Frank to write the novel The book also covers Maud s early years as the daughter of a suffragette When Maudater is introduced to Judy Garland who would play the beloved Dorothy character in the movie she describes how Garland s rendition of Over the Rainbow takes her back to those tough days before the book s big boom Maud and Judy Garland connect despite their over sixty year age difference Maud is a widow at the time of the making of the movie Alternating between the past storyline of Maud s Ooko life and Maud and Frank s marriage there is also the storyline in 1939 on the active film set of the movie During these days Judy is mistreated by those making the movie as well as by her stage mother and Maud does her best to protect her Finding Dorothy feels well researched and authentic Fans of the book or movie will gobble this one up The author is as passionate about the story as many of us are and it shines through in her writing especially in the afterword If you are a Wizard of Oz fan I think this one should definitely be on your TBR I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom NOW AVAILABLE When Maud Gage began her first year of Cornell University her focus was only on higherearning 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 ife together which wasn t always easy Although Frank was a man with many talents they weren t always helpful to them financiallyThe 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 oved were the Shadow Scale (Seraphina, 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 thated 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 movieA 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 Claim The Crown life seems unrecognizable Elizabeth Letts is also the author of The Eighty Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse and two novels uality 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 sibrarian 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 Nerds 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 Ioved when I was a young girlPub Date 12 FEB 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books 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 LionWho hasn t seen the Wizard of Oz Anyone I know that I still watch it at In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, 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 herife with her husband Frank Baum L Frank Baum The Struggles they faced during their marriage their Bark love and Frank s writing of The Wonderful Wizard of OzThis book is told in two timeines Maud and Frank s On Such a Full Sea life together andater 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 * Wizard of Oz I Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! learned many 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 problemMaud 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 activistThis started aittle slow for me and I found myself picking up other books but then it hooked me I appreciated the dual timelines and Cannibal learning about Maud s earlierife It is a shame that L Frank Baum never Mastered (The Enforcers, 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 beike Dorothy one who could stare down a Man, Son of Man lion melt a witch tame a wizard She also shares history on Frank and Maud Baum and her uest toearn about the "Movie And Her Motivation To "and her motivation to this book This is an enjoyable book that I am sure fans of the movie and the book will enjoy I Alter Ego learned aot 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 ives to write this book This is a book that has heart and is a ovely tribute to an iconic and well Uncommon Wisdom 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 OzThank 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 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 theirives 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 Unseen City 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 toearn that most of the inspiration for the book discussed in the novel is based on fact as is a Art lot of the information concerning the movie s production I never felt a connection with Maud I never feltike 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. 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 sev. ,
To those who are eager to God Is in the Crowd learn something about the story than those whoike an in depth character driven novel My thanks to netgalley and Random HouseBallantine Books for an advance copy of this novel 35 I still remember when I first saw The wizard of Oz I was fairly young and it was a Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard little bit scary and alot magical I deliver it again through my children and now it s the turn of my grandchildren In fact my two grandaunts and i played make believe reenacting the witches I m melting scene Great funAnyway this story starts with a 77 year old Maude coming to MGM studios to insist on assisting in the making of the movie The movie of course written by her husband Frank now dead for over 20 years He had made her promise to take care of Dorothy She meets a very young Judy Garland who is singing Somewhere over the rainbowThe story then goes back in time to when Maude was in college buteaves to marry Frank Their The Matriarchs (The Family lives wouldn t be easy but they would have four sons together Thought this part was aittle too dramatic and a Notes for the Everlost little too drawn outThe Hollywood story however did draw me in so much I didn t know about Judy Garland What a horrible piece of work her mother was what tragic childhood Anyway a nostalgic trip down memoryane and the author does relate what was fact and what was made up for the stake of the story She did do an extensive amount of research Definitely worth reading just for the memories which are pricelessARC from Edelweiss Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts is a 2019 Ballantine Books publication A different and captivating perspective on the magical Wonderful Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum and his exceptional partner in When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) life the irrepressible Maud Baum I had no idea what to expect when I began reading this book but I must say it was surprising For the most part this is a fictionalized account of Maud Baum sife However the story alternates between Maud s background and the Wizard of Oz movie set in 1939 where Maud has appointed herself the protector and overseer of Frank s beloved characters However once ensconced in the studio it is Judy Garland she feels the most protective of I often explain that when I start writing a book review all I m really doing is thinking out No Biggy! loud and rambling This book had my mind wandering all over the place so this review is bound to skip from one random thought to another Two things about the movie and Judy Garland were on my mind while reading this book One was a fascinating article about a pair of stolen ruby slippers used in The Wizard of Oz film which was featured in the Washington Post other thing was that after seeing Rene Zellweger s movie trailer I was reminded of the tragic turn Judy sife took in her Crush It! later years This weighed on my mind while I read portions of this book describing the abuse Judy was subjected to during the filming of the movie I mooking forward to seeing Rene s performance though But as to my thoughts about this novel I found Maud s character to be an interesting one She is definitely her mother s daughter in many ways She absorbed of her mother s Attracting Birds to Your Backyard lessons than her sister did and practiced what she preached in an era of time when such behavior was unheard of Yet when it came to Frank well he wasn t what her mother had in mind for Maud but despite his obvious flaws the two were a passionate couple despite having opposite temperaments While many misconstrue the meaning of Happily Ever After this couple did despite everything enjoy aong Deep Listening lastingove story On the night of Frank s death on May 16 1919 Maud imparted in a Bird-by-Bird Gardening letter to her relatives Helen Leslie and Leslie Gage He told me many times I was the only one he had everoved He hated to die did not want to The Works of Saint Augustine leave me said he was never happy without me but it was better he should go first if it had to be for I doubt if he could have got along without me It is all so sad and I am so forlorn and alone For nearly thirty seven years we had been everything to each other we were happy and now I am alone to face the world aloneMaud did notive a charmed Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone life by any means but I was fascinated by herife experiences and My Teacher Is a Robot loved Lett s version of events which gives the reader a few insights on where Frank found his inspiration for his book characters and stories The segments where Maud forces herself onto the Wizard of Oz studio set may seem a bit dubious but the author manages to juxtapose the magical uality of the picture with the darker realities of Judy Garland sife as a young actress at the mercy of a monstrous stage mother sexual harassment and the pressure to stay thin and "Childlike The Story Is Often Very Bleak "The story is often very bleak good times contentment and joy are rare occurrences There were times when I felt I needed a ittle break from reading this book as a result Not only was it a bit depressing it was also slow moving at times and I felt some
Segments Could Have Beencould have been However I am glad I stuck it out as it did give me a ot to feel thankful for and an appreciation or the hardships many endured during this time period especially women However one thing the author manages to translate in the midst of all the hardships and trials is that despite the constant difficulties in Maud s ife and the sinister aspects of Hollywood it is healthy no matter what your age to believe in a ittle magic sometimes Indulging in a Professional Capital little make believe or fantasy can be cathartic Frank s stories were a gift and he intended them to bring joy and pleasure which they did for children and adults alike In an age where the bar is set high for authors to create books and write stories which are realistic girding their creativeicense and stripping them of the right to simply make up a town country or even a name of a restaurantor take Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) liberties of any kind insert the improbable or implausible for effect this story slams home the danger of binding creativity and imagination or shaming those whoike to indulge in fairytale romances folklore or fantasy of any kind When did encouraging the freedom to dream or fantasize become a cardinal sin Folklore egends myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive ove for stories fantastic marvelous and manifestly unreal The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought happiness to childish hearts than all other human creationsYet the old time fairy tale having served for generations may now be classed as historical in the children s The Middle Sin (Cleo North library for the time has come for a series of newer wonder tales in which the stereotyped genie dwarf and fairy are eliminated together with all the horrible and blood curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale Modern education includes morality therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incidentHaving this thought in mind the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please children of today It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares areeft out L Frank BaumChicago April 1900 Elizabeth Letts reminds us to simply allow ourselves to sit back and enjoy a good story and The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress let our imaginations roam freely without feeling guilty for having indulged in something outside the realm of reality for just aittle while Sure Maud may have Midnight Fantasies lost faith a time or two but she knew Frank s stories were a gift and that gift keeps on giving even todaySo go ahead dream aittle dream believe in Men of Steele Bundle love believe in magic and dare to hope Magic isn t things materializing out of nowhere Magic is when aot of people all believe in the same thing at the same time and somehow we all escape ourselves a Million-Dollar Nanny little bit and we meet up somewhere and just a moment we taste the sublime 4 stars 35 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 aot 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 ight 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 ives of the Baums in * we come to know the origin of the book and the personal ives of the Baums in dual time ine narrative from Maud s early The Millionaires Miracle 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. Enty 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 aiving until Frank Baum's book became a national sensationThis wonderfully evocative two stranded story recreates Maud's youth as the rebellious daughter of a eading suffragette and the prairie years of Maud and Frank's ea.