Emeralds of Oz

“Peter Guzzardi’s Emeralds of Oz opens your eyes and heart to a new way of being in the world. In loving detail he teaches you how not to be frightened of taking those first tentative steps into unknown territory. You learn to face whatever is going to happen with courage, brains, and heart. He beautifully compares this journey with the one undertaken by Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. I loved this book as much as I loved the movie.”
—Carol Burnett

"The nine Emeralds in this book provide a powerful, near-magical tool for navigating any difficult situation. I have been using them myself, and my life is more effortless, spontaneous, and joyful."
—Deepak Chopra

“Glinda’s famous words, ‘You’ve always had the power…’ stayed with me throughout many hard times. What a story The Wizard of Oz is! And now, because of Peter Guzzardi’s meticulous, playful, and wise mining of its gems, we get to revel in every turn of that yellow brick road. While the story itself continues to inspire, Emeralds of Oz takes us all the way home. There’s no place or book like it.”
—Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God and This Messy Magnificent Life

"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

"No matter whether you've seen The Wizard of Oz once or are an ardent fan, Peter Guzzardi's powerhouse book will speak volumes to you."
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"I enjoyed your book, the size and feel of it. Your sincere joy and intention came through each sentence and construction."
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"This book is a beautiful tribute to the classic film that uses lessons from the movie to apply to our own life."
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"Emeralds of Oz is part memoir and part self-help. I really liked the simplicity of it."
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"The hardcover edition is lovely with its deckled edges and green glitter cover pages."
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"There are times when you just want a gentle reminder to take care of yourself, but you don't want a high level of intensity. This book is perfect for that."
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"Not only is this book beautiful to look at, with its beautiful deckled pages, it is filled with wisdom that will help you through difficult times."
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"I thought it was delightful, helpful and particularly timely in these scary times we live in."
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"You've written a wise and wonderful book, a lovely homage to its inspiration."
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"Emeralds of Oz can help us recapture our youths and grow up again – this time in a more satisfying way."
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Working with Peter

“Peter Guzzardi, my editor at Bantam Books, sent me pages and pages of comments and queries about points he felt that I had not explained properly. I must admit that I was rather irritated when I received his great list of things to be changed, but he was quite right. I’m sure that this is a better book as a result of his keeping my nose to the grindstone.”
—Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

“I’m really glad that Shaye Areheart called Peter Guzzardi to ask him to edit my book. I think it worked out well for both of us. I got the benefit of his expertise, and he got a sharp reminder to screen his calls more carefully.”
—Paula Poundstone, author of There’s Nothing in This Book I Meant to Say

“I was fortunate to work with outside editor Peter Guzzardi, who has terrific instincts and a knack for making criticism sound delightful.”
—Susan Cain, author of Quiet

“My editor, Peter Guzzardi – this book was his vision to begin with, and only he knows what ingenuity and patience it took before these pages lived up to his high ideal.”
—Deepak Chopra, author of Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

“My heartfelt thanks to my personal editor, Peter Guzzardi, for encouraging me to be patient and for helping me to bring more truth and beauty to my writing.”
—Cheryl Richardson, author of Waking Up in Winter

“Peter Guzzardi cared about every word right along with me and remained steadfast in his belief that seemingly unrelated themes could be woven together into a cohesive whole. Given the solitary nature of writing, it is his great gift that I felt partnered by him.”
—Geneen Roth, author of The Craggy Hole in My Heart and the Cat Who Fixed It

“I can’t say enough about my wonderful editor, Peter Guzzardi, who having edited Stephen Hawking, brought a serene and time-bending quality to the urgency of getting rid of Bush in 2004.”
—Arianna Huffington, author of Fanatics and Fools

“My thanks to my editor, Peter Guzzardi, who lovingly guided me through this whole process with his expertise.”
—Carol Burnett, author of Carrie and Me

“Thanks to Peter Guzzardi for walking me through the early stages of the writing process and for a kick in the pants when I really needed it.”
—James Clear, author of Atomic Habits

“Peter guided and encouraged me with consummate skill and kindness through the many stages of the writing process, while still allowing me to find my own way. Our work resulted in a collaboration that was incredibly productive, instructive, and filled with many moments of laughter. I can’t imagine having written Mindful Birthing any other way.”
—Nancy Bardacke, author of Mindful Birthing

“I remain on my knees in gratitude... to editor Peter Guzzardi, whose skills in bringing order to chaos are unparalleled.”
—Larry Dossey, author of One Mind

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