by Elizabeth Letts
I really enjoyed this historical fiction about the making of the movie “The Wizard of Oz” from the perspective of Maud Baum, widow of the author L. Frank Baum. Elizabeth Letts clearly did her research, and made me wonder about what else from our country’s history I have missed. Maud Baum’s mother was a noted suffragette and colleague of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Raised in such a progressive household, Maud met her perfect match in Frank Baum, who was considered eccentric by his friends and family but truly considered Maud to be his partner in life – very unusual for the time. I was drawn in from the first page, where young tomboy Maud is chased home and tears her petticoats climbing her scary neighbor’s fence, throughout her lifetime and the challenges of having such a formidable mother, her relationship with Frank, and her influence on Judy Garland and the production of the movie. This book made me love my favorite movie even more!