When I got home this afternoon I spent some time delivering Valentine's Day cards and gifts to my mom and step-father and to our daughter's family...which, of course, meant I had to stay and play with Colton and Leah a little bit. After that I parked myself on the sofa and started to watch The Wizard of Oz in 3D. I'm glad I got my copy in the bargain bin. Whatever is in the foreground really pops, but it really isn't all that much of a difference.
My sudden desire to visit OZ in 3D was due to the fact that I finished reading Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.
From the back cover:
Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, Maud Gage Baum, now in her seventies, 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...she's the only one left who knows its secrets.I like The Wizard of Oz and have seen it many, many times, but I'm not one of those who go crazy over all things related to Judy Garland or the movie. That said, I'm not really sure what made me purchase the book, but now that I've finished reading it, I am glad that I did.
I was in Letts' grip right from the start. The book takes the known facts of Maud and Frank's lives and of the making of the movie and then fleshes out a story by padding them with very plausible fiction. The book takes the reader back and forth between the last few decades of the 19th century and 1938-39 Hollywood.
It's a sweeping tale that takes the reader from Fayetteville, NY to the dorms of the first co-ed students at Cornell to life on the road with an acting troupe to the young Dakota territory and on to Chicago. It encompasses the history of the times with a bent toward the position of women as Maud's mother was Matilda Gage, a contemporary and close friend of Susan B. Anthony. She worked right alongside Anthony for women's rights.
I give this book 5 stars, 5 thumbs up, or 5 of whatever symbol you like. I found myself so caught up in the story and now I am planning to purchase a few more books on the Baums that I've seen. Letts made me care that much.