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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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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 4w
megnews It was really good wasn‘t it?! 4w
robinb @megnews loved it! 👍😊 4w
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robinb @Kdgordon88 Your book went out today. Should reach you by next Friday. 😊 4w
Kdgordon88 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 3w
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. ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 not to worry, so sorry to hear your bad news. Thinking of you 3w
Kdgordon88 @robinb Finding Dorothy arrived. I look forward to reading everyone‘s comments. @megnews @Crazeedi Thanks again for the great experience! 2w
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 2w
robinb @megnews No rush! 😊👍 2w
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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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@megnews It‘s here! 😊👍 Thanks!

@Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 @suvata

#LMPBC

megnews Glad it made it! 1mo
Aims42 Hope you enjoy it! One of my favorites this year 🥰 1mo
robinb @Aims42 Looking forward to reading it! Thanks! 😊 1mo
Aims42 @robinb 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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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

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Kdgordon88 I am glad you liked it! 2mo
Crazeedi It was a great story!! 2mo
megnews @robinb Finding Dorothy is on its way to you! Estimated to be there 10/2. 2mo
robinb @megnews YAY! Thanks, I‘ll be on the lookout! 👍 1mo
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JenniferP I got this through the LT early reviewers program months ago and haven‘t gotten to it yet. 2mo
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OutsmartYourShelf I really enjoyed this book. 2mo
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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. 2mo
marleed Perfect slippers for the occasion! 2mo
RockLibn @marleed Indeed! A gift from my sister who knows how much I love The Wizard of Oz! 2mo
RockLibn @megnews I am enjoying it so far. 2mo
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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! 3mo
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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 💖 3mo
Crazeedi So glad it arrived safely! Enjoy!! 3mo
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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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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 ❤️ 3mo
Crazeedi I'm reading for our LMPBC group!! 3mo
litenthusiast @Aims42 I'm glad you liked it so much. I'm really enjoying it. 3mo
litenthusiast @Crazeedi I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. I'm enjoying it so far. 3mo
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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 💖📚💖📚💖📚 3mo
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous bookmark! 👠🌪🌈 3mo
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Crazeedi
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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!! 4mo
Birdsong28 How cute is this!!!! Look @rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍😍📚📖 4mo
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rubyslippersreads @Birdsong28 Absolutely gorgeous! You‘re obviously a good witch, @Kdgordon88 😊🌈👠 4mo
robinb Love it! ❤️ 4mo
Kdgordon88 @robinb @megnews I couldn‘t resist sending along with a matching sleeve. Thanks @rubyslippersreads 😀 4mo
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 that was such a great idea! You are so creative!! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love the sleeve! Did you make that @Kdgordon88? It's gorgeous! 4mo
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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! 4mo
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Samplergal
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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! 4mo
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I definitely enjoyed this book. Parts were a little bit slow for me, but the story was really fascinating. I love The Wizard of Oz and am very interested in Judy Garland‘s story and this really gave a lot of background. It also had such a strong setting. I felt like I was in the movie at some points and I could really visualize the different things the author described. I would recommend this one!

marleed I loved this book too. In fact I‘m recommending to my Kansas City bookclub- seems like a book we‘d all want to read 4mo
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Aims42
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You know why this book has a 100% rating on Litsy and 4.13 stars on Goodreads (based on over 1,100 reviews)? BECAUSE IT IS SO GREAT!! I loved this story and learning about ‘The Wizard of Oz‘; both the movie and the book. Read this ASAP! Do not pass go, do not collect $200. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This book ❤️

rubyslippersreads “Some place where there isn‘t any trouble ... “ 🌈👠 5mo
Aims42 @rubyslippersreads so true!! ❤️This book is going to wreck me and leave me with a hangover, I can feel it 🥺 5mo
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Aims42
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I‘m loving this charming book SO MUCH 💛🧡❤️

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Haven‘t finished my current read, but couldn‘t wait to pick this up from my library 😍 Pictured with my stodgy banana bread (it tastes healthy so it better be!) and some of my thriving citronella plants (they‘re loving the rain and cool temps) #summer2019 #booksof2019

BookNAround I‘m laughing about your banana bread comment. I made Smitten Kitchen‘s Olive Oil Shortbread with Chocolate and Rosemary and my mom‘s verdict was: “These taste healthy.”😂😂😂 5mo
Aims42 @BookNAround 🤣🤣🤣 that‘s too funny!!! They sound delicious! 5mo
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Kdgordon88
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Drum roll please 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁. I have decided on Finding Dorothy for my pick of #LMPBC. Can‘t wait to read and share this story with you. Group I

@robinb @Crazeedi @megnews @suvata

Crazeedi 👍😉looking forward to it 5mo
megnews I‘m very excited to read it! 5mo
robinb Yay!!! 🎉🎉🎉 Sounds like a really good one! 👍 5mo
marleed I loved this story. I kind of wish I had read the afterward first - just to know where fact met fiction while reading. 5mo
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This is a beautiful story. I loved it. Maud is the educated daughter of a suffragette, a sister of a woman in a tormented marriage, a mother, an aunt. She‘s the widow of her beloved L Frank Baum, the protector of his Oz, and she has a sweet spot for Judy Garland. The author might have imbued her with the insights of a woman born 100 years later (as the author was). But she didn‘t! Maud was all that we could want from a woman born in the 1860s.

marleed I might even recommend reading the afterward first if you were interested in what is fact and what is fiction in the story. 5mo
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A lovely read.
This book would obviously appeal to fans of The Wizard of Oz but it could be enjoyed by anyone really.

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I really enjoyed this book, and it‘s on sale today for #Kindle #kindledeal 👠🌈

LittlePixels User name checks out. 👍😄 5mo
Birdsong28 Have you seen they are doing a film about Judy Garland? It's called Judy @rubyslippersreads 5mo
rubyslippersreads @Birdsong28 Yes, I saw the trailer. I‘m very curious about it. 🌈 5mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hforrester12 Takes place 15 minutes from me Syracuse ny 5mo
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Kshakal
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I have always loved the Wizard of Oz and this book has made me love it even more! Even though it is fiction, it is truly spectacular to get a glimpse behind the magic curtain! Such a great read!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wife @Kelican17 had it on my Scribd list. We my new month starts, I‘ll see if it‘s still available. 👠👠 5mo
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Kshakal
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I love when you fond little notes from previous readers tucked into a book...

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MeJeMiller
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I enjoy books about random historical figures. This one was done pretty well

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Kshakal
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Mom and I taking some time before graduation to read our book club books!!!

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MeJeMiller
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Late night reading

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Pamwurtzler
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Thanks for the recommendation for this book, @Hooked_on_books ! I really liked this based-on-fact novel about Maud Baum. She was one tough cookie! #ReadingUSA2019 #SouthDakota

Librarybelle Great! 6mo
Hooked_on_books Glad you enjoyed it! 6mo
squirrelbrain Ooh sounds good, and I definitely need a South Dakota! 6mo
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I love this book so much. Maud Gage is my new role model. Frank Baum is my new historical crush. And I will be reading every Oz book over the next few months now. Their story is heartwarming and inspiring. Truly amazing.

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1. Tagged and The Paragon Hotel
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@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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What do you do when you have a spare 30 mins between work and getting your kid off the bus? Sit in your driveway and read (because you don‘t want to walk in the rain 😂)

I‘m really liking Maud Baum so far. She reminds me of my grandma in a badass way.

Soubhiville Nice photo. 7mo
j.rye @Soubhiville thank you! 7mo
la_rose_noire I do that too!! 7mo
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#demandit
True fact: A large portion of my reading gets done while waiting around for kids. Bus stops, baseball, social skills classes, 4-H, occupational therapy, the like. Waiting is my default position.

rretzler Reading this while waiting at drum lessons! It was a great day when my older son got his driver‘s license last year. Now only half the waiting! (edited) 7mo
j.rye @rretzler I have 7 years before that‘s even an option 😭 7mo
rretzler Don‘t worry, it will go by faster than you realize. 7mo
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I fictionalized look at the life of Maude Gage, from childhood until she met and married Frank Baum, and their life together. There are also snippets of Maude advocating for Judy Garland on the set of the Wizard of Oz. I enjoyed the telling of this story and the focus on women in history.

#ReadingUSA2019 #SouthDakota

Pamwurtzler Looks like a good one! How many states do you have now? 7mo
Hooked_on_books @Pamwurtzler I‘m up to 28, plus DC. I‘m definitely happy with my progress. How about you? 7mo
Pamwurtzler Nice! I‘m at 23 but haven‘t added a new one in a while. I‘ll get this from the library to get going again! 7mo
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Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about this one...glad you liked it! 7mo
NatalieR Great job! Love that cover! 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 7mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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A fictional look at the life of Maud Gage Baum, wife of the author L. Frank Baum. There are so many wonderful characters in this book & the author really brings them to life.

I thoroughly enjoyed it although I would have liked a little more depth in the sections from 1939. Overall I recommend it. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Quercus Books, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley #FindingDorothy

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Getting some kitty love along with my reading time. #BonBonCat #TrickyCat #CatsofLitsy

Crazeedi Hello sweet kitties!!👋 8mo
kspenmoll Hello reading kitties! 😺😺😺 8mo
MallenNC I'm sure they missed y'all! 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
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Back home after our cruise!

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I checked this out yesterday from the library & spent the entire day reading it, I couldn‘t put it down! I finished it in one day. It is beautifully told from Maud Baum‘s point of view as a caretaker of not only the Oz legacy but of Dorothy as well.

rubyslippersreads I just started this today and feel like I won‘t be able to put it down either. 😊🌈 7mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“If started out in an ordinary place and happened
to an ordinary girl.”

There are many marvelous details about Oz that you would have never imagined possible. In a land of Oohs, Baum saw a dream of Aahs, L.B. Meyer built that world in technicolor & Judy Garland breathed life into it. It is wizardry in its finest format, but as Maud says in the book, the magic isn‘t but a collected belief in our hearts that anything can be real.

MellieAntoinette ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review*** 9mo
MDragonfly Picked it up at the library yesterday & finished it in one day. 8mo
MellieAntoinette @MDragonfly Eye-opening, right! How all that struggle turned into so many childhood dreams! 8mo
MDragonfly Yes & heartbreaking as well. The screenshot at the end made me cry. 8mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“If started out in an ordinary place and happened
to an ordinary girl.”

There are many marvelous details about Oz that you would have never imagined possible. In a land of Oohs, Baum saw a dream of Aahs, L.B. Meyer built that world in technicolor & Judy Garland breathed life into it. It is wizardry in its finest format, but as Maud says in the book, the magic isn‘t but a collected belief in our hearts that anything can be real.

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MellieAntoinette
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“Judy had done it. She captured the magic
Frank put into his story, sucked it from the air
and breathed it back out through her vocal
cords.”

Choosing Fiction as a medium adds a lovely Ozian element of whimsy to an otherwise stalwart character. Maud Baum may not be a name you‘ve heard, but after reading this book, she‘ll be a woman you know. She is made of sterner iron than her carefree husband L. Frank Baum.

MellieAntoinette ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review*** 9mo
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MellieAntoinette
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***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review***

“... stare down a lion, melt a witch, tame a wizard.”

I have to say, I‘m a huge Elizabeth Letts fan. Her work is meticulously researched, comfortingly readable and excellent storytelling. Finding Dorothy is no exception!

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From the tough life on the plains, and what that meant for women and families, to the suffrage movement, to imagination in a world of grey, to love and life and family, this book was magic. I loved it! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.