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O the girl she once was rediscovering a lost self that burned with artistic fervorJoining intimate interviews with original diary entries The Red Leather Diary is Red Leather Diary Reclaiming a eBook #188 an evocative and entrancing work that recreates the romance and glitter sophistication and promise of s New York bringing to life the true story of a precocious young woman who dared to follow her dream I enjoyed this book That being said it was not great by any stretch It was almost as if the author just described and described things but nothing ever actually happened And the things that did happen weren t really stories just descriptions The concept was very neat although I wish that images from the diary had been used ie her hand written wordsstory The format is where the author Lily Koppel would give an excerpt from the diary and then follow it with a long description that sometimes wasn t that interesting Maybe it is just a hard thing to do to make someone s un connected thoughts and musings into a whole book I think it would have been better in first person also Now I sound like I didn t like it but I did Just my observations

REVIEW The Red Leather Diary Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

The Red Leather Diary Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

Pening the tarnished brass lock of a red leather diary found in the basement of a New York City apartment building New York Times writer Lily Koppel embarked on a journey into the past Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in Red Leather Diary MOBI #241 the pages Koppel set out to find the diary’s owner a year old woman named Florence Eventually reunited with her diary Florence ventured back t Poorly written at times the narrative changed tense and narrator and it wasn t clear why and frustrating I would have wanted to read the diary not a fictionalized version of the diary

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“A world straight from the pages of Leather Diary PDFEPUB #232 an F Scott Fitzgerald novel An extraordinary story about coming of age following your dreams and discovering or rediscovering who you are were and want to be”  ParadeRescued from a Dumpster on the Upper West Side of Manhattan a discarded diary brings to The Red Kindle life the glamorous forgotten world of an extraordinary young womanO Lily Koppel then 22 has just moved to New York to work for the Times The superintendent of her brownstone has decided once and for all to move years of forgotten items to the dumpster Of these items is a red leather diary inside of a trunk that Lily rescues The diary s author is a nonagenarian named Florence Howitt nee Wolfson I find the 14 19 year old Florence to be a sophisticated woman for her time Not only did she receive a bachelors from Hunter College and a masters from Barnard during the depression she also became a successful artist and writer Most women of the age if they attended college at all were happy to receive their Mrs degree Additionally Florence was well versed in all the art forms of the day and at 91 can still uote the masters of her youth Also she was accomplished in tennis and horseback riding which were not viewed as feminine pastimes 80 years ago Florence looking back says that after marriage she lead an ordinary life in the Connecticut suburbs Reading about young Florence her life and relationships seems anything but normal She might not have accomplished all she set out at 14 but she seems to have lived a full life As she and Lily both say the diary is her gift The one drawback I have noticed from other reviews is that the prose jumps from Lily s voice to Florence s I don t find that to be choppy after all this is a diary If anything Lily s commentary keeps us rooted in the present in an otherwise window to the past I would recommend this book It offers us a glimpse into 1930s America Usually this era is viewed as the gloomy depression We are not given snapshots of people who managed to achieve despite the bleakness of the decade Red Leather Diary manages to do that by giving us a life just beginning with little mention of the despair that most have heard about many times Thank you Florence for sharing your diary and Lily for putting it in book form A light and charming read I rate this memoir 35 stars


10 thoughts on “The Red Leather Diary Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

  1. says:

    Lily Koppel then 22 has just moved to New York to work for the Times The superintendent of her brownstone has decided once and for all to move years of forgotten items to the dumpster Of these items is a red leather diary inside of a trunk that Lily rescues The diary's author is a nonagenarian named Florence Howitt nee Wolfson I find the 14 19 year old Florence to be a sophisticated woman for her time Not only did she receive a bachelors

  2. says:

    At first I thought it was the fact that I couldn't relate to Florence's life growing up that caused me to not like the book It's not that we grew up 60 years apart that caused me to unrelate it was her upper middle class lower upper class upbringing her lesbian trysts her uest for love to complete her that I couldn't relate too It all seemed unrealistic But then I realized I've read other recounts of people's lives that I was u

  3. says:

    At the end of chapter 13So far this book is an inspiration of living life to its fullest Not because this teenager is necessarily wonderful than any other human being whose footsteps have fallen on this earth; but

  4. says:

    Poorly written at times the narrative changed tense and narrator and it wasn't clear why and frustrating I would have wanted to read the diary not a fictionalized version of the diary

  5. says:

    I love that this journal was found in a dumpsteralmost gone forever but found And that Lily Koppel found the owner of the diary and returned it to herI was intrigued by all the treasures that were found in the steamer trunks and this journal added a voice to the other treasuresI loved the photos that were included in th

  6. says:

    Here's the most interesting part of this bookLily Koppel was a gossip columnist for the New York Times when she found the red leather diary in a dumpster outside her building She decided to track down the owner who miraculously was 90 years old and still aliveHere's the rest of the bookThe owner of the diary Flor

  7. says:

    Subtitled Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost JournalLily Koppel was a young age 22 writer working at the New York Times when she stumbled upon a dumpster filled with old steamer trunks Her curiosity piued she started scav

  8. says:

    I enjoyed this book That being said it was not great by any stretch It was almost as if the author just described and described things but nothing ever actually happened And the things that did happen weren't really stories just descriptions The concept was very neat although I wish that images from the diary had been used ie her hand written wordsstory The format is where the author Lily Koppel would give an

  9. says:

    A rare book that can be read over again A found diary reveals a fascinating world infused with art love and literature A young journalist tracks down the woman whose 1930s world was hidden locked away in a trunk for almost 75 years and then is brought to light Crystal clear prose shimmer in this debut biographymemoir by Lily Koppel

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book This is the true story of the discovery of a long forgotten diary The diary of Florence Wolfson lay undiscovered for over half a century until the author Lily Koppel finds it in a dumpster Koppel is a writer for the New York Times and was naturally curious about the content of the diary She searched for the diary's author and 90 year old Florence told her all about her life in 1920s and 1930s Ne

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