A new perspective on Oz will be the March pick of the library book club

Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, will be the Moore County Library’s Brown Bag Book Club March pick. {Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It’s a new twist on a well known work of fiction and it’s the March pick for the Moore County Public Library’s Brown Bag Book Club.

 Finding Dorothy, a novel by Elizabeth Letts, tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum’s wife, Maud.

Set in 1938 Hollywood, MGM plans to adapt Baum’s work onto the big screen 19 years after his death and 77 year old Maud is determined to find her way onto the set. She’s convinced the producers need her to stay true to the spirit of the book. Why? Because she’s the only person still alive who knows it’s secrets. Once on set, a young Judy Garland reminds Maud of the girl she once knew in South Dakota – a place she and Frank lived that inspired much of the book. As Judy gets doubly pressured by both her ambitious stage mom and the studio, Maud become determine to protect her.

Lett’s deeply researched work transforms a certain period in time into a heart felt page turner.

The Brown Bag Book Club meets every Friday at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. They begin and end a new book on the last Friday of each month. For more information, call 931-759-7285. •

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South Carolina author visits local book club

One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain is the Brown Bag Book Club November Pick. The author will visit on Nov. 22. {Cover Art Provided}

LOCAL NEWS | Events — The Moore County Library picked One Good Mama Bone as their next Brown Bag Book Club pick. The book is a novel by South Carolina writer Bren McClain who likes to combine her love of farm animals and love of writing into works of fiction.

The novel revolves around the protagonist’s, Sarah Creamer, quest to find her “mama bone” after being forced to raise the boy who is the product of her husband’s affair. She receives lessons from an odd source … a cow named Mama Red. To read a complete novel summary, click here.

McClain grew up on a 72-acre beef cattle and grain farm in Anderson, South Carolina. The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award named an excerpt from One Good Mama Bone as a finalist for a Novel-in-Progress in 2012. It also won the 2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. She’s currently on her next novel, Took, which features another farm animal, chicken. It won the 2016 William Faulkner-William Wisdom prize for Novel-in-Progress.

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Friday, November 22 at 1 p.m. at the Moore County Public Library located at 17 Majors Boulevard. Participants should bring their own brown bag lunch. If you would like to read the novel and join in the discussion, you can purchase it on Amazon and other booksellers or download it immediately on Hoopla.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. •

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