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Emeralds of Oz

Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow

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Peter Guzzardi spent decades as an editor working with some of the wisest writers of our time—from Stephen Hawking and Deepak Chopra to Carol Burnett and Douglas Adams—yet he couldn’t shake the sense that everything he’d learned from working with them felt oddly familiar. One day, he had an epiphany: All that wisdom had its roots in a film he’d watched as a child—The Wizard of Oz.

In Emeralds of Oz, Guzzardi invites us to join him on a journey through the classic film, unearthing gems of wisdom large and small about longing, joy, compassion, fear, power, and having faith in ourselves. He also creates a practical Oz-based tool that we can apply to obstacles in our own lives. Now, like Dorothy, we can activate the magical power we’ve possessed all along.

Written with the grace and insight of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Emeralds of Oz is an instant classic, sure to inspire a fresh perspective on this legendary movie—and on our own lives.

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Peter Guzzardi

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Peter Guzzardi has worked in publishing for more than forty years. Prominent books he has edited include Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, Deepak Chopra’s Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, Queen Noor’s Leap of Faith, Susan Cain’s Quiet, and Douglas Adams’s Mostly Harmless. An independent editor and writer, he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


“A powerful, near-magical tool for navigating any difficult situation.’  —Deepak Chopra

“I loved this book as much as I loved the movie.” —Carol Burnett

“The gems of wisdom in Emeralds of Oz range from mystical to commonsense and are as accessible as tapping one’s heels together and wishing for your heart’s desire.” —William Stillman, coauthor of The Road to Oz: The Evolution, Creation and Legacy of a Motion Picture Masterpiece

“There’s no place or book like it.” —Geneen Roth, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women Food and God and This Messy Magnificent Life