What an unexpected delight this book was. The majority of the book deals with the early life of Maud Baum, daughter of a suffragette, who marries a traveling showman, L. Frank Baum. It delves into the years leading up to the writing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and also jumps up to 1939 and the filming the much beloved movie. There are little bits of their lives written into the book and its characters. Maud and Frank had a tough life early in their marriage during the turn-of-the-century years. Childbirth was scary! Chicagoans will love references to the World's Columbian Exhibition and the Great White City, which gave so much inspiration to Frank.