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Elizabeth Letts


Elizabeth Letts

Elizabeth Letts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and nonfiction.

#1 New York Times bestseller THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION was a 2011 Indie Next Pick, a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist and winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation, and is currently in development as a feature film at MGM Studios. Her second work of nonfiction, THE PERFECT HORSE, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the 2017 Pen USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction, and will be published in a young reader edition in February 2019. Her next book, a novel, FINDING DOROTHY, will be published in February 2019. She is also the author of two novels, QUALITY OF CARE and FAMILY PLANNING, and an award-winning children’s book, THE BUTTER MAN.

A graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Nursing, she is a passionate equestrian,a former certified nurse-midwife, and she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

Elizabeth Letts

Books by Elizabeth Letts

by Elizabeth Letts - Fiction, Historical Fiction

As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece, THE WIZARD OF OZ, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum 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. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her --- the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

by Elizabeth Letts - History, Nonfiction

In the chaotic last days of World War II, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find --- his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine --- an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the Army’s last great cavalrymen, American colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision --- with General George Patton’s blessing --- to mount a covert rescue operation.

by Elizabeth Letts - Biography, Nonfiction

Elizabeth Letts tells the remarkable story of Snowman and Harry de Leyer, the inseperable horse and rider who became unlikely champions in the 1958 National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.