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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 08/ 1/2007

'Lost' Book Club: Off to See the 'Wizard'

By Jen Chaney

(Harper Collins)

We read "Watership Down" and had a discussion worthy of Bigwig himself. It's time to move on, though, to the next selection in the "Lost" Book Club. (Gosh, we feel a little like Oprah.)

For those of you who momentarily forgot the drill, each month Liz and I will choose a work of fiction (or, potentially, non-fiction) that is directly referenced in or inspired by the "Lost" universe. On roughly the last Wednesday of the month we will reconvene online to chat about what we read and how it informs our understanding of Jack, Sawyer and the rest of ABC's castaways.

So that's the recap, aka our equivalent of "Previously on 'Lost'." Without any further ado, here is the big announcement: August's "Lost" Book Club selection is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum.

Why We Chose It: Even the most casual "Lost" watcher knows the answer: Because "Oz" references are everywhere on this show, from Henry Gale's name to last season's episode entitled "The Man Behind the Curtain." To see just how intertwined the two are, peruse this Lostpedia entry. Enough said.

Why You Should Read It: "Oz" is, without question, one of the most influential children's stories -- or for that matter, stories -- ever written. Harry Potter had nothing on this early 20th century tale of good vs. evil. Not only did Baum's work inspire one of the greatest movies of all time, it also has spawned animated films, comic books and such classic musical numbers as Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." If you can't bring yourself to read it, at least watch the 1939 film starring Judy Garland ... preferably on mute while listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" at the same time. (Or, for a funkier version, ease on down the road with the 1978 Michael Jackson/Diana Ross remake, "The Wiz.")

Then, join Liz and me on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Noon ET to discuss witches both wicked and good and exactly how this tale of a little girl lost in another world ties in to "Lost."

-- Jen Chaney

By Jen Chaney  | August 1, 2007; 12:56 PM ET
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