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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 PDFEPUB or 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 dreams. 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 scavenging and among the vintage clothing handbags and general miscellanea she came across an old red leather diary its cover cracked and peeling It had originally been given to Florence Wolfson for her 14th birthday Aug 11 1929 and Florence dutifully wrote in it every day for the five years allowed on its pages The diary gave an intimate look at the life of a relatively privileged young lady in New York from 1919 to 1934 Florence attended the theater opera music concerts had crushes and love affairs read voraciously studied hard and was a keen observer of what was going on around her But the diary did than offer a fascinating glimpse into the pastAs Lily read the young Florence s record of her hopes dreams experiences heartbreaks and triumphs she discovered something about herself The diary had come to Koppel at a time when she like the teenaged Florence was searching for her purpose in life wondering if she was on the right path at once eager and frightened to experience new things And then Koppel went searching for Florence and found her I was mesmerized from beginning to end

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

Ening 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 Kindle #207 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. 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 the book and all the historical information on ManhattanHow wonderful for Florence who had such a passion for literature in her schoolcollege years to now have a story of her own her story almost forgotten and never toldAlthough I think I may have enjoyed it if told by her in her own wordsIt wasnt an Oh My God I cant put it down kind of book for me hence the 3 stars not 4 or 5But I did enjoy the peek into a privileged teen girl s life in Manhattan in the late 20 searly 30 s and the fact that this journal was reunited with its owner after so many yearsI enjoyed meeting Lily Koppel about 2 weeks ago and hearing the story of how she came to find the journal and eventually Florence

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“A world straight from the pages of Leather Diary eBook #8608 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 MOBI #224 life the glamorous forgotten world of an extraordinary young womanOp. 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 Wo

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    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 a

  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 w

  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 stea

  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 Florence Wolfson grew up among the Manhattan elite in the '20s and '30s For Florence life was all about art plays

  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 scavenging and among the vintage clothing handbags and general miscellanea she came across an ol

  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

  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 yo

  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

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