Peter Guzzardi discusses Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow
Wednesday 5/15, 7 p.m.
In the bestselling tradition of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, a wise and inspiring collection of life lessons drawn from one of the most beloved movies of all time: The Wizard of Oz.
After a lifetime in book publishing, Peter Guzzardi had edited a remarkable group of diverse authors, from Stephen Hawking to Deepak Chopra, from Carol Burnett to Douglas Adams, from Byron Katie to Geneen Roth. Yet everything he’d learned from working with them felt oddly familiar. One day it suddenly became clear: all that wisdom had its roots in a film he’d loved as a child: The Wizard of Oz.
In Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons From Over the Rainbow, we discover what the most-watched film in history has to teach us. Moving seamlessly between the entertaining and profound, Guzzardi invites us all to consider the value of compassion, fear, faith in ourselves, home, and more, as we each face our own heroic journey through life. With that knowledge, we become free to embark on our own walk down the yellow brick road, having activated the magical power we possessed all along.
Written with the grace and insight of It’s Not Easy Being Green or The World According to Mister Rogers, Emeralds of Oz is an instant classic, sure to change the way we think about this legendary movie—and our own lives.
Peter Guzzardi has worked with publishers and authors to create popular books that educate, entertain, and enlighten general readers for nearly four decades. 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' Mostly Harmless.
Now the editor has become the author. After many years spent pondering the teaching moments in The Wizard of Oz, Peter has written Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons From Over the Rainbow, published by HarperCollins. Try applying the nine Emeralds to your everyday challenges – they really work!
Peter lives with his wife and daughter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he writes and works as an independent book editor.